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Lesson 3. Colors, Gradients, and Styles

Lesson 3. Colors, Gradients, and Styles

We live in a full-color world. Color adds interest to artwork, whether printed or displayed on a web page. Color provides visual clues about objects around us: when we see a red sign, we know to stop; when we see a green light, we know to go. The color you add to the object you draw in this lesson may be enough to suggest a brand name, even though you don’t add the company name to the product.

We see color when a light source reflects on an object. Our eyes receive the reflected light and transmit a message to our brain, causing us to see a particular color. How you reproduce the color on your computer depends on the way you want to use the drawing. Are you creating an image to be used on the web? Or do you want to include the image in a page-layout program or print directly from FreeHand? If you want to print, do you want to print on a color printer or to send your project to a commercial printer? Your answers to these questions determine how you create colors in FreeHand. Once you create colors for a particular output device, however, you can easily convert the colors for other uses.


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