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
From the Back Cover
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.