Adobe Freehand

Adobe Freehand

Course Duration: 7.5 hours

Adobe FreeHand (formerly Macromedia Freehand) is a computer application for creating two-dimensional vector graphics that are oriented primarily to professional illustration, desktop publishing and content creation for the Web.

Overview of freehand

  • Vectors vs. bitmaps
  • The FreeHand workspace

The illustration tools

  • The drawing tools
  • The Pen tool
  • Adding colour
  • Contour gradients
  • Using fills
  • Creating text

The main and text toolbars

  • The Tools panel
  • The Object panel
  • Applying multiple attributes to single vector or text objects
  • The colour pop-up boxes
  • Identifying tools with tooltips
  • Page rulers and guides

The inspector panels

  • The Object, Stroke, Fill, Text and Document inspector panels

The transform panels

  • The Move, Rotate, Scale, Skew, Reflect and Swatches panels
  • The Colour mixer
  • The Layers panel

Custumizing the workspace

  • Customising toolbars
  • Grouping panels
  • Customising shortcut keys
  • FreeHand preferences

Creating Illustrations

  • Using the line tool
  • Creating tints
  • Blending objects

Destortion and 3D effects

  • Using the Envelope tool
  • Creating 3D effects by using the Perspective grid

Tools for productivity gains

  • Working with Symbols
  • Working with Master Pages
  • The FreeHand contour gradient
  • The FreeHand brush strokes
  • The print area options

Multi publishing

  • Using the Navigation panel
  • Testing the movie with the controller toolbar
  • Exporting artwork to Flash
  • Using the Action tool