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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Macromedia Press; 2 edition (25 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201700344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201700343
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.4 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,508,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whether you are new to FreeHand or an experienced user who's upgraded and wants to get a handle on the newest features, you will appreciate the thorough tutorials in this book. Beyond a basic familiarity with using a mouse, folders, files and saving, the book doesn't presume you have any prior knowledge of FreeHand, making it ideal for beginners. Each lesson takes roughly an hour, after which the reader is comfortable with each tool, menu and palette.

The lesson files are located on the companion CD-ROM, along with finished files with which to compare your work, plus several QuickTime movies that walk you through trickier tools like the new Perspective Grid. The lessons involving the pen tools, along with the movies, are especially helpful.

The projects include a letterhead system with business card and envelope (FreeHand 9 has the ability to create multipage files in which the pages can be different sizes), an advertisement that requires "perspectified" typography and an animation that can be exported in Flash .swf format. The latter is particularly useful for Web designers working on Flash animations because the drawing tools in Freehand far surpass those in Flash. Another lesson shows how to make changes to artwork in a "live envelope" (in this case, type on a coffee mug). In version 9, the envelope is directly on the page as you make the changes.

Tips throughout offer different methods or specific advice--even "power" tips, although the text is so basic and slow-paced that beginners shouldn't have any trouble with those. The illustrations and screen shots are very clear. Step by step, they show where your cursor should be, when you need to click or hold the mouse button, or which tool to select, as well as what your screen should look like at regular intervals.

The complete curriculum originally created for Macromedia's authorised trainers is included. This long development process is evident in lessons that model real-world work methods, anticipate users' questions, show what to expect in each lesson and recap what has been accomplished, all of which provide a solid foundation in this popular software. --Angelynn Grant,

Topics covered: Step-by-step lessons in FreeHand 9, including a basic tour of the application; creating a stationary system using custom pages; working with points and paths using the freehand, pen and bezigon tools on both freeform and precise renderings; working with layers; tracing patterns; colours (including an explanation of process and spot colours); clipping paths and the Paste Inside command and object styles; perspectifying artwork and working with envelopes; using the Punch, Unio, and Inset Path commands; creating custom blends, shading and shadows; using FreeHand as a layout application; creating Flash animation and storyboarding a Web site. The CD-ROM contains all lesson files, completed artwork, QuickTime movies, demo versions of FreeHand and other Macromedia applications, and a QuickTime 4.03 installer.

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Fully updated for Version 9, including seven new lessons,FreeHand 9 Authorized is the complete curriculum from Macromedia's Authorized Training Center's hands-on course. For a fraction of the cost of the class, the book presents lessons in manageable, step-by-step sessions, letting you work at your own pace. At the end of this "desktop course," you'll be proficient at creating and manipulating graphics and text in FreeHand.

In 16 hours of hands-on lessons, FreeHand 9 Authorized leads you through the basics and introduces you to FreeHand 9's powerful new enveloping and perspective grid features, shows you how to best use FreeHand with Macromedia Flash, and teaches you how to create graphics and special effects for print and the Web. The accompanying cross-platform CD-ROM includes all the files you need to complete each lesson. Platform: MAC WIN

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By A Customer on 21 May 2001
Format: Paperback
I would certainly suggest a little patience when using this guide to Freehand. Each chapter teaches you new skills and techniques which you need to complete later chapters (don't try and jump any!). Take the time to fully digest each lesson and you'll find it extremely rewarding. Best of all if you get stuck the CD included contains video clips of the slightly more difficult bits! This book provides an excellent foundation in Freehand.
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... I am totally new to Freehand, but I found Freehand 9 Authorized informative, concise and easy to follow and it gave me a good insight as to what Freehand can and cannot do... I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who already has an understanding of Freehand - but for a novice it is certainly worth looking at. I certainly do not regret purchasing this book
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb 2001
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I was really looking forward to reading this book, as after paying that price i thought i was going to get value for money. This is certainly not the case. This book is definitely not for beginnners, as the first couple of pages are okay, but then it gets very complicated as it goes along. Before long this book has you forever importing images that one would need to have a degree in technical drawing to be able to keep up with it. It does show you certain helpful points but i was fuming at the awkward designs that a learner was expected to complete. I must say that the more i have read this book i have became more annoyed at the tasks i am experiencing, as i am fast losing interest. A brilliant package, but the author must have been thinking that we are all technical designers instead of beginners. It is a shame that such a great program has been let down by a book that gets more complicated as it goes along. Recently i have just read Sams teach yourself Illustrator 9 in 24 hours and Adobe Photoshop 6 for dummies. These books are nothing short of excellent laying out everything in detail, as after only taking a week on each of the books i am very proud to say that i have now became an advanced user with both Programs, unlike this book, as it is a complete let down, as i am having to force myself into it. If you want to design cars and are into Technical designing then this is the book for you, but if you are a learner and are wanting to start from scratch, may i suggest avoiding this book and investing in something that you will not become very frustrated with. Definitely a big disappointment and a complete waste of good money.. One thing that i am starting to notice is that the more i get through the book, then the less detail and explaination it gives you. If there is a Dummies book or a Sams book then i suggest sticking to them, as i have always found that they give beginners the proper instructions that we require. One star i think is being very generous.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Freehand 9 Authorized 6 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a teriffic book. The lessons are easy to follow and very helpful to anyone trying to learn FreeHand. Mr. Roame's explaination of the different features and tools is concise and the illustrations allow you to see exactly what you should as you do the lessons. I feel this version of FreeHand Authorized is even better than the last edition.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Excellent primer for beginners 22 May 2000
By E. Ng - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are new to Freehand like I was, this is a well-written book that will help get you started in learning and acquainting yourself with the program.
The lessons are clearly written, easy to follow, fun, and unlike Adobe's disappointing Classroom in a Book for Illustrator, it includes *all* the steps for completing each lesson's project.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A must have for any Freehand 9 user! 23 May 2000
By D. Wetzel - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a must for anyone using Macromedia Freehand 9. The lessons in the book are great. They really help you learn the program quickly. After a couple lessons you are able to use the majority of the functions in the program and start creating you own works in a very short time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
About book 24 July 2001
By Miri - Published on
Format: Paperback
THis is not good bookin fact i have better books abotu freehand
so i recommend not to buy this book
Probably my fault, but what the heck.... 6 Nov 2001
By Valentin Secades - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Well, I was looking for a book to help me out with Freehand 9, not to mention how to incorporate it with Flash. This was not the best of books. No offense, if you're a print person, then this will be a good book to have. If you work on web and multimedia, then this book is not what you're looking for. It's well written, but not much help to what I was looking for.
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