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Macromedia Freehand 10 for Windows and Macintosh (Visual QuickStart Guides) Paperback – 27 Jul 2001


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (27 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201749653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201749656
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,830,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Macromedia FreeHand 10 for Windows and Macintosh features tools that make other illustration packages jealous, but learning to use it without guidance can be daunting. The FreeHand 10 Visual QuickStart Guide from Peachpit Press presents an easy approach to mastering it, while taking the reader beyond the basics.

There are 32 chapters that discuss virtually every important feature and aspect of FreeHand, beginning with installation and the interface through document handling (and using multiple pages) to working with text and drawing elements. FreeHand is an extremely flexible and capable application, and each chapter reflects this. The three chapters on working with text (Basic Text, Text Tools, and Text Effects) are perhaps the most valuable in the book, but only until you get to the chapters on "Automating FreeHand", using the "Xtra Tools", or the two chapters on understanding printing. Preparing files for professional output on an imagesetter is a whole chapter in itself.

But FreeHand is more than a tool for creating printed documents. Chapters 28 and 29 detail FreeHand's Web features--exporting as HTML, embedding links, using Web safe colours, and creating Flash animations using FreeHand.

For new users, Peachpit's Visual QuickStart series can't be beat; concisely written, lavishly illustrated, designed to get the reader from novice to proficient user in as little time possible, these books have a proven track record. The Freehand 10 Visual QuickStart Guide continues this streak, offering tremendous value for the money. --Mike Caputo

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Long considered an indispensable tool for graphic designers, Web designers, and illustrators, Macromedia FreeHand becomes even more powerful and versatile in this latest upgrade. FreeHand 10 offers a new Macromedia user interface, editable symbols like those in Macromedia Flash, customizable Master Pages for increasing productivity, and multi-publishing ability.

This Visual QuickStart Guide is the perfect tool for learning this visual program. Author Sandee Cohen has updated her successful step-by-step guide, including plenty of screenshots of FreeHandÕs new Macromedia user interface. The first few chapters provide an overview of the program. Readers then learn how to create sophisticated artwork with FreeHand by working with the many features FreeHand offers: layers and layering, points and paths, Pen and Bezignon tools, working in color, strokes and fills, creating text and text effects, and more. The final chapters explain printing, preferences and using artwork with other applications and the Web.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2002
Format: Paperback
I covered all of it in two days. It is really a gloriified version of the existing help files. Nice to have in print though, but don't expect techniques or anything more than basic examples.
If you are proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator etc. you'll have this picked up and down quite fast...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Simple 7 Jan. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Basic, but shows you that Freehand is almost as good as Illustrator without the cool filters, but with direct Flash support (just copy your Freehand work and paste it in flash and bling bling). Some nice features with text and some good masking tips, but for someone who doesn't know much, and is looking for a no-nonsense book at a nice price.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What did you expect? 12 May 2002
By D. Cicala - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have not been disappointed with any visual quickstart guide. This was the first one I purchased and it's one of my favorites. This teaches you blends, paths, all the basics, and even flash animations!
For 13 bucks, I haven't seen a better deal.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Freehand 10 VSG 10 May 2002
By Michael D. Kirby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Freehand 10 Visual Quickstart Guide is probably an excellent choice for beginners and of some use to long time Freehand users.
Most questions are quickly answered, although information on some of the new features is weak.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Especially for novice computer users 10 Jan. 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Macromedia FreeHand 10 For Windows And Macintosh by Sandee Cohen is the latest in the superbly presented "Visual Quickstart" guidebook series and swiftly teaches the basics of Macromedia FreeHand computer applications by relying heavily on screenshots and pictures rather than extensive verbal explanations. A marvelous reference for learning Freehand quickly and easily, and enhanced with a special chapter concerning Flash animations, Macromedia FreeHand 10 For Windows And Macintosh is very highly recommended, especially for novice computer users who tire of puzzling their way through excessively long textual descriptions.
Five Stars 20 July 2014
By rodrigocortez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Well bought.
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