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Part: 3 Freehand PROJECT 1 > Repurposing Design for Print

Lesson 7. Repurposing Design for Print

Originally designed as a vector illustration and page layout program for print projects, Macromedia Freehand has evolved into a flexible tool useful for both print- and screen-based projects. Superb at vector drawing, page layout, and animation, Freehand is a powerful productivity tool, no matter where you are in the design process.

Not only does Freehand have a number of useful features, it also integrates seamlessly with other Macromedia Studio MX 2004 programs such as Flash and Fireworks. Since Freehand can import a variety of different file types, you can use it to transition between design tools, like Fireworks, to developer tools, such as Flash. You can also take advantage of Freehand's superior vector drawing tools to create illustrations and export them to Flash and Fireworks.

In the course of this lesson, you will create three business documents for Jade Valley: letterhead, an envelope, and a business card.

In this lesson, you'll build three print documents for Jade Valley: letterhead, an envelope, and a business card. In the process, you'll become familiar with the Freehand interface and discover how easy it is to create an effective print campaign using the graphic assets that you created in Fireworks.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

In this lesson, you will:

  • Learn about Freehand-Fireworks integration features and workflows

  • Use Freehand Wizard to quickly mock up several documents

  • Understand color theories and build a color swatch library for a series of print designs

  • Work with text and graphic assets in Freehand

  • Master the Pen, Rotate, and Scale tools

APPROXIMATE TIME

This lesson takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.

LESSON FILES

Starting Files:

Lesson07/Start/jadevalley_print.FH11

Lesson07/Start/logo.png

Completed Files:

Lesson07/Complete/logo_print.png

Lesson07/Complete/logo_print.tif

Lesson07/Complete/jadevalley_print.FH11


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