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Lesson 1. FreeHand Basics > Creating a New Document

Creating a New Document

You will now see how to create a new document. Before you start, copy the Lessons folder from the CD provided with this book to your hard drive if you haven’t done so already. Create a new folder within the Lessons folder and name it Projects. You will save all of the work you create within that folder. When you launch FreeHand, you will see the application window and menus, toolbars, and several panels.

Choose File > New to create a new, empty document.

A document window appears with a new page. Pages you create in FreeHand float on the pasteboard, an area 222 by 222 inches. You can place as many pages in your document as can fit within the pasteboard area. You can also use the pasteboard to temporarily store elements you are working with in your document. Just drag the elements outside the page boundaries to move them to the pasteboard until you need them again. Keep in mind that elements on the pasteboard will not print and won’t be included when you export your pages.

After you finalize your drawing, you’ll want to delete those objects still on the pasteboard. If you leave them on the pasteboard, they just increase the file size of your document.


If you don’t see the entire page, choose View > Fit to Page.

Choose File > Save As and save your file in the Projects folder and name it camera.fh11.

In Windows, the .fh11 extension is added automatically to the file name. In Mac OS, the extension is not added to the file name. Although it is not needed for Macintosh computers, it is always a good idea to add the correct extension for your files, especially if you share files with Windows users.



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