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A comprehensive program for drawing, designing, page layout, and animated Web graphics.
In addition to creating a wide variety of graphics and illustrations, you can use Freehand to design and construct multiple-page documents by adding pages to your documents and flowing text from one page to the next. In fact, Freehand allows you to create several different-size pages within the same document. For example, you could add a business card and envelope as additional custom-size pages in the letterhead document you completed in Lesson 2.
In this lesson, you will construct a three-page mini-catalog.
If you would like to review the final result of this lesson, open Robotz.fh8 in the Complete folder within the Lesson 5 folder.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
In this lesson you will:
It usually takes about 2 hours to complete this lesson.
The catalog you will be creating requires a custom page size, plus a specific amount of bleed area around the page. In addition, you will enter the printer resolution of the output device that will be used to print this document. This allows FreeHand to optimize the resolution of gradient fills for the best printed results.
1) Close any open FreeHand document windows and then choose File > New to create a new document.
A page appears within a new document window. You will change the page size and document settings to match the layout.
2) Choose Window > Inspectors > Document to display the Document Inspector. Change the Page Size menu option to Custom and type 71 as the value for x and 51 as the value for y. Then press Enter and click the Landscape orientation button.
Currently the measurement units for your document are set to points, so the values in these fields are displayed that way. To enter a value with a different unit of measure than that in which the value is displayed (for instance, to enter 7 inches in a field that displays values in points), simply add the unit to the measurement. For example, FreeHand understands that 7i indicates 7 inches instead of 7 points.
When you press Enter, the values you specified will be converted to the current measurement unit. Thus, your 7-inch by 5-inch page will appear as a 504-point by 360-point page in the Document Inspector.
3) Choose View > Fit to Page. Type 9 as the bleed size in the Document Inspector and press Enter.
The bleed size defines how much beyond the edge of the page FreeHand will print when this document is output. Bleed size is important when preparing artwork for a printing press. The measurement of 9 points is equal to the standard one-eighth inch bleed you specified earlier.
4) In the Document Inspector, set the printer resolution to 600.
Setting the printer resolution to match the characteristics of the printer or output device that this project will be printed on allows FreeHand to optimize color transitions-graduated fills and blends in the document-so you will get the best possible results. Set this value to the resolution of your final output device. For example, as you are creating a document, you may print it on a 300-dot-per-inch (dpi) printer, and then you may send it to a service bureau for final output at 1,270 dpi. Since the final output is what you are concerned with, you would type 1270 as the printer resolution in FreeHand for that document.
5) Close the Document Inspector and choose View > Magnification > 100%.
Working at actual size makes it easier to precisely adjust the size and position of elements. . . .
|Ch. 1||File Preparation||5|
|Ch. 2||Views and Precision||13|
|Ch. 3||Layers and Layering||23|
|Ch. 4||Creation Tools||31|
|Ch. 5||Points and Paths||45|
|Ch. 6||Pen and Bezigon||59|
|Ch. 7||Move and Transform||65|
|Ch. 8||Working in Color||79|
|Ch. 12||Basic Text||119|
|Ch. 13||Text Effects||137|
|Ch. 14||Editing Text||147|
|Ch. 15||Styles and Revisions||153|
|Ch. 16||Path Operations||163|
|Ch. 18||Charts and Graphs||189|
|Ch. 19||Other Applications||195|
|Ch. 20||Web Art and Animations||203|
|Ch. 23||Customizing FreeHand||233|
|App. A||Onscreen Elements||243|
|App. B||Keyboard Shortcuts||253|
|App. C||Fills and Strokes||259|