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FreeHand 9 for Windows and Macintosh (Visual QuickStart Guides) Paperback – 25 Apr 2000

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (25 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201354896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201354898
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.7 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,242,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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FreeHand is a straightforward vector-based graphics application, but some of the tools in the application can be tricky to use. This compact guide makes it easy to learn the intricacies of pen tools and Bézier curves. Beginners can follow the step-by-step instructions while they work on their own projects. The concise text and thorough index also make this convenient as a reference book. And, unlike gargantuan, bible-type guides, you can easily hold it in your lap or place it in front of the keyboard while you work.

The book begins with formatting a new document, working with views and units of measurement, and working with layers. Next up are excellent chapters on creating shapes; you learn how to work with points, paths, freehand tools, the pen, and the Bézigon (a more automated pen tool). Moving and transforming, working with text, colour, styles, path operations, and the Xtra tools (like the fisheye lens) are addressed next. The brief chapter on creating mathematically correct charts nimbly covers all the relevant options.

The book shows how to import and extract images and how to save them in different formats. Also covered is how to prepare images for printing, for the Web, or for importing into Flash. Appendices discuss toolbars, menus and dialogue boxes, keyboard shortcuts, fills, and strokes.

Although written for FreeHand 9, owners of version 8 will still find the instructions clear and useful. Any differences between Windows and Macintosh platforms are minimal and clearly described. This book is fast and thorough, and it'll get you up and running quickly. --Angelynn Grant,

Topics covered: Working with FreeHand 9, including introduction to work environments and creating documents; working with tools, text, colours and paths; importing, extracting, exporting, and saving in different formats; preparing artwork for printing, the Web, or importing into Flash; and creating charts and graphs.

From the Back Cover

FreeHand 9 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide is a fast, easy, and inexpensive way to learn the latest version of the enormously popular, but complex, illustration program. No wordy explanations here--just clear and concise step-by-step instructions, plus hundreds of screenshots and dozens of illustrations created by seasoned FreeHand artists and designers.

The flexible, time-tested Visual QuickStart format lets you get exactly what you need from the book. Use its tabbed pages to go straight to topics such as tweaking text or adding a special effect, or read it straight through to get a thorough grounding in the program. The fundamentals are all here, from startup to image creation, from manipulation to importing the finished product into a page-layout program. You'll also learn how to work with third-party Xtras, print your projects, create Web graphics, and customize FreeHand.

Platform: MAC WIN

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5.0 out of 5 starsNew to Freehand? This is a good place to start learning!
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