Macromedia FreeHand has reached the big one-oh,
thanks to its straightforward but sophisticated set of illustration tools. If
you use FreeHand in your work--or would like to--FreeHand 10 for Windows and
Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide is the perfect way to learn this visual
program and how to integrate it with the other applications in your virtual
True to the Visual QuickStart Guide name, the book breaks FreeHand
into logical, easy-to-follow tasks, illustrated with plenty of screenshots
featuring FreeHand’s new Macromedia user interface. Each concise section walks
you step-by-step through a single topic. Beginners can start with an overview of
FreeHand’s tools and interface, then confidently move on to layers, points and
paths, Pen and Bezigon tools, color, strokes and fills, and text effects. More
seasoned FreeHand artists can use the book’s page tabs to flip straight to
chapters on printing, advanced preferences, and exporting artwork to other
applications and the Web. Cross-platform coverage includes Mac OS X!
Table of Contents
1. FreeHand Basics.
Setting Up FreeHand. Onscreen Elements. Working
with Onscreen Elements. Using the Interface Elements. Tools Panel and Tools
2. Document Basics.
Basic Menu Commands. Using the Window Wizards.
3. Display Options.
Setting the Artwork View Modes. Working with
Rulers. Working with Guides. Working with Grids. Setting the Magnification
Options. Moving Around.
4. Working with Pages.
Adjusting Page Size and Orientation. Duplicating
and Adding Pages. Organizing Pages. Moving Between Pages. Selecting and Deleting
Pages. Setting a Page Bleed. Using Master Pages.
5. Path Creation Tools.
Understanding Paths. Using the Rectangle Tool.
Using the Ellipse Tool. Using the Line Tool. Using the Polygon Tool. Using the
Pencil Tool. Using the Spiral Tool. Using the Arc Tool. Using the Trace Tool.
Using the Pen and Bezigon Tools.
6. Pen and Bezigon.
Working with the Pen Tool. Creating Paths with
the Bezigon Tool. Adding Points to a Path.
7. Working with Points.
Understanding the Types of Points. Selecting
Points. Modifying Points and Handles. Points on a Path.
8. Working with Paths.
Selecting and Moving Objects. Copying and
Duplicating Objects. Working with Groups. Closing and Opening Paths. Using the
Contact Sensitive Settings.
9. Path Operations.
Joining Paths. Masking. Setting Path Direction.
Using the Knife Tool. Using the Freeform Tool. Path Commands.
10. Move and Transform.
Viewing Transformation. Moving Objects. Rotating
Objects. Scaling Objects. Skewing Objects. Reflecting Objects. Using Power
Duplicating. Using the Transformation Handles. Constraining Transformations.
11. Envelopes and Perspectives.
Working with Envelopes. Using the Perspective
12. Layers and Layering.
Using the Arrange Commands. Using Paste in Front
or Back. Locking and Unlocking Objects. Working with Layers.
13. Working in Color.
Defining Colors. Using the Swatches Panel.
Working with Tints. Working with Color Libraries. Using the Xtra Color Commands.
Working with Basic Fills. Working with Gradient
Fills. Working with Lens Effects. Creating and Applying Tiled Fills. Using
Custom and Textured Fills. Working with Pattern Fills.
Setting the Stroke Color. Modifying the Stroke
Width. Modifying Caps and Joins. Creating Dashed Strokes. Working with
Arrowheads. Specialty Strokes.
Creating Artwork for a Brush. Working with
Understanding Blends. Blending Paths. Blending
Composite Paths. Modifying Blends. Attaching Blends to a Path. Printing Blends.
18. Basic Text.
Working with Text Blocks. Selecting Text.
Changing Character Attributes. Setting Paragraph Attributes. Changing the Space
Options. Converting Text Case. Working with Tabs. Working with Rows and Columns.
Copyfitting Text. Linking Text. Importing and Exporting Text.
19. Text Tools.
Using the Text Editor. Working with Special
Characters. Checking Spelling. Replacing Text. Working with Missing Fonts.
20. Text Effects.
Working with Text on a Path. Special Text
Effects. Paragraph Rules. Working with Text and Graphics.
Defining Styles. Applying and Editing Styles.
Using Parent and Child Styles. Importing and Exporting Styles. Displaying
Creating Symbols. Working with Instances.
Modifying Symbols. Organizing Symbols. Importing and Exporting Symbols. Changing
the Library Display.
23. Automating FreeHand.
Finding and Replacing Graphics. Selecting
Graphics. Copying and Pasting Attributes.
24. Xtra Tools.
Using the 3D Rotation Tool. Working with the
Fisheye Lens. Using the Smudge Tool. Working with the Shadow Tool. Using the
Roughen Tool. Using the Mirror Tool. Working with the Graphic Hose. Working with
the Bend Tool. Controlling Xtras.
25. Charts and Graphs.
Creating Charts or Graphs. Formatting Column
Graphs. Working with Pie Charts. Working with Pictographs.
26. Raster Images.
Importing Raster Images. Modifying Raster
Images. Rasterizing FreeHand Graphics. Linking and Embedding Graphics. Editing
Basic Exporting. Exporting as Raster Images.
Exporting as Vector Images. Exporting the Other Vector Formats. Adding Image
28. Moving to the Web.
Working with Web-safe Colors. Blending Web-safe
Colors. Exporting as Web Graphics. Adding URL Links. Creating HTML Pages.
29. Flash Animations.
Pasting into Flash. Creating Layer-based
Animations. Creating Page-based Animations. Page- and Layer-based Animations.
Adding Flash Actions. Flash Actions in Action. Testing and Controlling Movies.
Exporting a Flash (SWF) File.
30. Basic Printing.
Setting the Basic Print Options. Printing Custom
31. Advanced Printing.
Using the Print Setup Controls. Setting the
Imaging Options. Setting the Separations Options. Saving Print Settings.
Collecting for Output.
32. Customizing FreeHand.
Changing the Toolbars. Modifying the Keyboard
Shortcuts. Changing the Defaults File. Setting the Preferences.
Appendix A: Keyboard Shortcuts.
Macintosh Keyboard Commands. Windows Keyboard
Appendix B: Fill and Stroke Displays.
Custom Fills. Textured Fills. Pattern Fills and
Strokes. Custom Strokes.
Appendix C: Preferences.
General Preferences. Object Preferences. Text
Preferences. Document Preferences. Import Preferences. Export Preferences.
Spelling Preferences. Colors Preferences. Panels Preferences. Redraw
Preferences. Sounds Preferences (Mac).