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Freehand 9 Authorized (Macromedia Press Authorized) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Tony Roame
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Table of Contents

Lesson 1. Freehand Basics: A Quick Tour.


Creating a Folder on Your Hard Drive. Creating a New Document. Exploring the Controls. Customizing Application Preferences. Working with Panels. Organizing the Workspace. Creating an Element on the Page. Changing the View. Creating Basic Shapes. Saving the Document. Applying Basic Fills and Strokes. Applying Gradient Fills. Arranging, Aligning, and Grouping Elements. Adding Other Elements. Customizing Tool Settings. Creating a Mirror Image of an Element. Rotating an Element on the Page. Getting Help. Bonus Round.

Lesson 2. Combining Text and Graphics.

Creating a New Document with a Custom Page Size. Adding Custom Pages and Arranging Pages on the Pasteboard. Creating and Editing Ruler Guides. Importing a Vector Graphic (EPS Format). Cloning and Scaling Elements. Importing and Creating Colors and Tints. Applying Color to Objects. Adding Text to the Layout. Importing Text into a Layout. Applying a Color Fill to Text. Bonus Round.

Lesson 3. Working With Points And Paths.

Manipulating Paths with the Freeform Tool. Important Foundation Information. Point Principles. Control Handle Principles. Drawing with the Freehand tool. Differences Between the Bezigon and Pen Tools. Drawing with the Bezigon tool. Drawing with the Pen tool. Exchanging Elements Between Documents.

Lesson 4. Using Layers And Styles.

Creating a New Custom-Size Document. Importing a Tracing Pattern and Moving It to a Background Layer. Defining Process Colors. Creating an Element with the Pen Tool. Rotating a Copy and Duplicating the Transformation. Combining Elements with Paste Inside. Changing Your View of the Artwork. Creating Other Foreground Layers. Creating Curved Paths with the Pen Tool. Defining and Applying Object Styles. Combining Elements with Path Operations. Creating Other Elements. Aligning Elements. Positioning Artwork and Editing Styles. Adding Elements to the Clipping Path. Scaling and Reflecting Artwork. Importing a Picture Frame. Other Layer Panel Controls. Exporting Artwork for Use in Other Programs. On Your Own.

Lesson 5. Creating More Complex Art.

Creating Illustrations with Path Operations. Adding Text to a Path. Adding Blends to a Path. Copying Elements from Other Documents. Setting up the Perspective Grid. "Perspectifying" Artwork on Vertical Planes. "Perspectifying" Artwork on the Ground Plane. Tracing Imported Artwork. Trimming Excess Artwork Adding Text and Other Elements. Using the Live Envelope Feature. Bonus Files.

Lesson 6. Blending Shapes For Shading.

Getting Started. Creating Blends. Pasting Blends Inside Paths to Create Three-Dimensional Shading. Creating Shading for the Top of a Sphere. Creating Shading for the Bottom of a Sphere. Creating Shading for a Cylindrical Ring. Adding Dimension with Radial Fills. Completing the Figure. Creating a Realistic Shadow. Creating the Finished Document. Customizing FreeHand's Toolbars and Shortcuts. On Your Own

Lesson 7. Page Layout In Freehand.

Assembling the Top Section. Separating the Text Labels. Creating Multi-Column Text Blocks. Using In-Line Graphics. Making Text Flow Around Graphic Elements. Saving the Document as a PDF File.

Lesson 8. Multiple-Page Documents.

Specifying a Custom Page Size. Creating Guides for a Consistent Layout. Using the Edit Guides Command. Mixing Custom Process Colors and Blending Gradients. Creating Text and Graphic Elements. Using the Xtra Operations. Using Transparency in Freehand. Using Layers to Separate Types of Artwork. Using Text Effects. Duplicating Pages in a Document. Importing Text and Linking Text Blocks. Defining Paragraph Styles. Using the Text Editor. Importing Images. Wrapping Text Around Graphics. Using the Links Dialog Box. Using Colors from Bitmap Images. Using Find and Replace Graphics for Text. Printing your Document. Collecting Files for Output. On Your Own.

Lesson 9. Setting Up Animation.

Building the First Sequence. Building the Second Sequence. Building the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sequences. Building the Final Sequence. Releasing the Blends to Layers. Exporting the Animation. Optional Bonus: Modifying the SWF File in Flash.

Lesson 10. Web Site Storyboards.

Approaching Web Site Design. Working with Symbols. More Powerful Editing Features. Duplicating Groups of Pages. Assigning Active Links with the URL Editor. Exporting to Various Formats from FreeHand. Optional Bonus: Modifying the SWF File in Flash. APPENDIX A: Windows Shortcuts. APPENDIX B: Macintosh Shortcuts. APPENDIX C: Moving To Freehand.

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