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Introduction

Introduction

FreeHand MX is a powerful illustration tool that enables designers and web developers to create rich graphics for print, the Internet, and Macromedia Flash projects. With FreeHand MX, you can start with a concept for a project, create the graphics, and then publish your work, all while working within a single document. Not only can you create multipage documents, but each page can be a different size, making file management an easier task. Your documents can also be multipurposed: you can create illustrations or logos for print, and then add animation and interactivity for use online.

This Macromedia Training from the Source guide introduces you to the major features of FreeHand MX by taking you step by step through the process of creating several types of illustrations. The book assumes that you are new to FreeHand, and thus you begin by creating a simple logo for a company using the basic drawing tools: the Rectangle tool, the Ellipse tool, and the Line tool. As you get more proficient with the drawing tools, you will learn to use layers to help you manage your illustrations, and then you will learn to use the Bezigon tool and the Pen tool, FreeHand’s main drawing instruments. The last two lessons in this book show you how to create Macromedia Flash animations and movies and how to export your pages as SWF, PDF, or HTML files.

The curriculum of this course should take you 20 to 24 hours to complete and includes the following lessons:

Lesson 1: FreeHand Basics

Lesson 2: Adding Pages and Text

Lesson 3: Colors, Gradients, and Styles

Lesson 4: Using Layers

Lesson 5: Using Points and Paths

Lesson 6: Adding Special Effects

Lesson 7: Page Layout and Printing

Lesson 8: Symbols, Brushes, and Hoses

Lesson 9: Creating Animations and Movies

Lesson 10: Creating Web Pages

Setting Up the Lesson Files

All of the files you need to complete this course are included on the accompanying CD. Copy the Lessons folder to your hard drive before you start the lessons. Each lesson has its own folder, with three additional folders inside: Start, Media, and Completed. Start files are those you use as you begin and work through each lesson. The Completed files show how the files should appear at the end of the lesson. The Media folder contains additional graphics you may need to complete the lesson.

As you work through the lessons, you will open files within the Lessons folder on your hard drive. If you are working on a Windows machine, the files you copy from the Lessons folder on the CD may be locked. If you do not unlock the files, you may get a warning message when you open them.

In Lesson 1, you will create the camera as a logo for a fictitious company. In Lesson 3, you will draw the film canister and then add the film strip in Lesson 4.

In Lesson 5, you will draw a bicycle using the Bezigon tool and draw the rider and the background with the Pen tool.

Using This Book

Each lesson begins with an overview of its contents and what you can expect to learn. Lessons are divided into focused, bite-size tasks to build your FreeHand skills. Each lesson builds on what you’ve learned in previous lessons.

Each lesson also includes these special features:

Tips: These highlight shortcuts for performing common tasks or ways you can use your new FreeHand skills to solve common problems.

Power Tips: These highlight productivity shortcuts.

Notes: These provide background information about a feature or task.

Italic terms: Italics are used to indicate the exact text or file name you need to enter in a dialog box or panel as you work through the steps in a lesson.

Menu commands and keyboard shortcuts: Alternative methods for executing commands appear in special formats. Menu commands are shown like this: Menu > Command > Subcommand. Keyboard shortcuts are shown like this: Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac OS). The + between the names of the keys means that you should press both keys simultaneously. Both Windows and Macintosh commands are always included.

Macromedia Training from the Source

Each book in the Macromedia Training from the Source series includes a complete curriculum that has been reviewed by Macromedia’s own product support teams. The lesson plans were developed by some of Macromedia’s most successful trainers and refined through long experience to meet students’ needs. We believe that Macromedia Training from the Source books offer the best possible training for Macromedia programs.

The instructions in this book are designed for those wanting to learn to use FreeHand MX.

The lessons assume the following:

  • You are familiar with the basics of your operating system, including the use of the menu system and file management.

  • FreeHand MX is installed, and your system meets the requirements needed to run it.

What You Will Learn

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use FreeHand to create colorful, vector-based graphics for print and the web

  • Combine text and graphics to create multipage layouts

  • Work with points and paths to create exciting illustrations

  • Use layers to organize your drawings and create movies

  • Use the Navigation panel to add links for HTML pages

  • Use FreeHand with Macromedia Flash to create web animations

  • Use the Connector tool to create a site map

  • Globally change objects using symbols

  • Use the Extrude tool to create 3D-like objects

System Requirements

WindowsMacintosh
  • Macromedia FreeHand MX, Macromedia Flash MX, Macromedia Fireworks MX (In case you don’t own copies of these applications, we’ve provided 30-day trial versions on the CD.)

  • Intel Pentium II processor or equivalent, 300+ MHz

  • Windows 98SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows NT version 4 (Service Pack 6), or Windows XP

  • 96MB of available RAM (128MB recommended)

  • 70MB available disk space

  • CD-ROM drive

  • Color monitor capable of 1024 x 768 pixel resolution and 16-bit display (thousands of colors, millions of colors recommended)

  • Type Manager version 4 or later with Type 1 fonts, and a PostScript Level 2–compatible printer or later (recommended).

  • Macromedia FreeHand MX, Macromedia Flash MX, Macromedia Fireworks MX (In case you don’t own copies of these applications, we’ve provided 30-day trial versions on the CD.)

  • Power Mac G3 or better

  • Mac OS 9.1 or higher, or Mac OS X 10.1 or higher

  • 96MB of RAM (128MB recommended)

  • 70MB available disk space

  • Color monitor capable of 1024 x 768 pixel resolution and 16-bit display (thousands of colors, millions of colors recommended)

  • Adobe Type Manager version 4 or later with Type 1 fonts (Mac OS 9.x), a PostScript Level 2–compatible printer or later (recommended), and QuickTime 6 (Mac OS 9.x).


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