Real World FreeHand 8

Real World FreeHand 8

by Olav Martin Kvern
     
 
The earlier editions of Real World FreeHand won international acclaim and awards for their friendly, approachable style and clear descriptions of the workings of FreeHand, covering topics from the most basic (how to draw a line) to the most advanced (how to add new tools and options to the program itself). Real World FreeHand 8 has the same goals: to

Overview

The earlier editions of Real World FreeHand won international acclaim and awards for their friendly, approachable style and clear descriptions of the workings of FreeHand, covering topics from the most basic (how to draw a line) to the most advanced (how to add new tools and options to the program itself). Real World FreeHand 8 has the same goals: to provide clear, solid explanations of the basics; to make the most advanced techniques accessible to even the least experienced Macromedia FreeHand users; and to explain every tool and procedure from the point of view of the graphic arts professional. This new cross-platform edition also covers in depth FreeHand's new transparent lenses and its Web graphics creation features. And as with the earlier editions, Kvern's humor and engaging style make, as one reviewer put it, "learning this complex program almost as much fun as using it."

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Booknews
Gives clear explanations, step-by-step instructions, and suggestions, with a sense of humor, to both novice and professional designers in Windows and Mac environments. Coverage ranges from basic to complex techniques, including creating Shockwave graphics and Flash animation, devising PostScript effects, and saving FreeHand pages as HTML. Includes b&w and a few color illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201874853
Publisher:
Peachpit Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Pages:
808
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.60(d)

Read an Excerpt

If you're new to this book, welcome. If you've read previous editions,welcomeback! I hope you think this one's worth the wait. Due to the peculiar speed with which the FreeHand team manages to produce product updates, this edition is late, even though it's only been a year since I sent the last one to the printer. That's life in the computer book publishing "fast lane," I guess.
"Vaikka FreeHandin tuntisi miten hyvin tahansa, lšytyy tŠstŠ kirjasta silti uutta tietoa," the Finnish text you'll see on the back cover, means, more or less (according to my translator), "Even if you think you know everything about FreeHand, you'll learn something from this book." I hope you agree.
Where I'm Coming From
Why should you listen to what I have to say about working with FreeHand? I've worked as a technical, medical, archaeological, and veterinary illustrator, as well as a general-purpose book and magazine illustrator. I've also worked as a designer, typesetter, paste-up slave, and art director.
More importantly, I bring my experience as a FreeHand user. I really have been through the long shifts (some of them longer than 40 hours) working with FreeHand: drawing, entering text, setting type, importing images, exporting EPS graphics, and trying to get  FIles to print. On most of those late nights and early mornings, I could have been home in bed if I'd known just one key piece of information. But I didn't. There was no one to tell me.
I'm here to tell you.

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