FreeHand 9 for Windows and Macintosh (Visual QuickStart Guides) Paperback – 25 Apr 2000
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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, Amazon.com
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.
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It is a good (not excellent -- see below) reference for helping me to actualize a specific image I have in my head. Being a very experienced user of both AutoCAD 2000 and SolidWorks, I am VERY familiar with the concepts and functionality of layers and the various types of tools. So, I do not need alot of hand holding. Also, I always buy software to accomplish specific tasks as opposed to a gee-whiz purchase with the hope that it will somehow make me competent (ahem..).
My only criticism: on at least two occasions since I purchased the book, I found that Sandy did not fully expain all of the options available with a specific menu selection or modal window. I was left to use trial and error to figure out what the checkbox actually did. I buy books like this to save time. So I had to give her a four star instead of five for this reason. Otherwise, I have saved plenty of time using the index/TOC to get right to an answer.
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