Freehand Tutorials - Making Custom Arrowheads In Macromedia® FreeHand® - Macromedia FreeHand ships with a selection of arrowheads but you may encounter a situation where the selection of predefined arrowheads is inadequate. In this case you could make a path object in the shape of an arrowhead and position it on the end of the line. This is not optimum, because if you change the line you will have to reposition, scale and/or rotate the arrowhead to remain properly oriented to the line.
Freehand Tutorials - The Anatomy of Vector Illustration - Illustrations created in all major vector drawing programs have a definite anatomy and share a common pattern. Whether you use Deneba Canvas™, Adobe® Illustrator®, CorelDRAW or Macromedia® FreeHand® you will find that this pattern exists even though each program may define the parts differently. The purpose of this section of the web site is to take apart a vector drawing so you can see how it is put together and able to understand it. In the illustration section is a table of equivalent terminology to better help you translate the terms from one application to another. This will clarify the subject and make it less confusing. You will not be bound to a single application once this becomes clear to you.
Tutorials - Keyboard Shortcuts For The Pen Buy Graphics &
DTP Software! - This tutorial is for applications
that use the pen: Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe Illustrator®
and Macromedia® FreeHand®. When drawing with the pen
you will inevitably have to stop mid-path and make adjustments
to anchor points, control handles or line segments. And
Keyboard Shortcuts For The Pen
Examples and Pen Tutorial Practice Templates
Freehand Tutorials - FreeHand® Drawing Techniques (Part 1 of 5 part series)- The following tutorial details a simple technique for drawing a complex shape by combining primitive shapes in Macromedia® FreeHand. Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4 and Part 5
Freehand Tutorials - Illustration Basics - This tutorial, the first in a two-part series, guides you through the basic tasks of designing illustrations with Macromedia FreeHand MX. You'll get hands-on experience using FreeHand and learn basic graphic design concepts along the way.
Freehand Tutorials - Perspective Drawing Technique For Macromedia® FreeHand® - Although the latest version of Macromedia FreeHand has a built-in perspective drawing grid, this technique uses guide lines to rough out the object you are drawing. As shown below in the following steps, I was able to draw a DSL modem using this technique.
Freehand Tutorials - Deconstructing FreeHand graphics: Part 1 - In this tutorial, you will examine an existing FreeHand image, then create your own version. To teach the techniques used to draw the original, this tutorial "deconstructs" the image one element at a time, letting you take a close look at how each piece was drawn.
Freehand Tutorials - Using Contour Gradients To Add Depth And Complexity to an Object - You can use a FreeHand 10 contour gradient fill to blend color in two dimensions to add depth to a vector object. You can also use two or more colors in the contour gradient to add complexity. Contour gradient fills apply gradations based on the shape of the selected object.
Tutorials - Deconstructing FreeHand graphics: Part 2 - In this tutorial, you will examine an existing image, and
then create your own version using FreeHand 10. To teach the
techniques used to draw the original, this tutorial "deconstructs"
the image one element at a time, letting you take a close
look at how each piece was drawn.
Freehand Tutorials - FreeHand 10 tips and tricks: Part 1 - Macromedia FreeHand 10 has many features so it may be easy to miss some of its powerful capabilities and simple shortcuts. This article is the first in a series that highlights some techniques that can enable you to work more efficiently. For more tips and tricks, see FreeHand 10 tips and tricks: Part 2.
Freehand Tutorials - FreeHand 10 tips and tricks: Part 2 - Macromedia FreeHand 10 has many features so it may be easy to miss some of its powerful capabilities and simple shortcuts. This article is the second in a series that highlights some techniques that can enable you to work more efficiently. For more tips and tricks, see FreeHand 10 tips and tricks: Part 1.
Freehand Tutorials - Drawing complex paths with the Pen tool - The Macromedia FreeHand Pen tool defines a path by placing points. A path looks like a series of curves and straight lines, so it can be easy to forget that a path is actually a series of two or more connected points. This article describes how to use the Pen tool to draw complex paths.
Freehand Tutorials - Using Brush Strokes in FreeHand 10 to Create Intricate Patterns - Brush strokes are patterned strokes based on an object that you create from a graphic or text and save in the Library panel as a symbol. By creating a brush stroke from a symbol, you save drawing time, eliminate excessive redraw time, and reduce file size, which is ideal for graphics that will appear on a Web page.
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II
Today we continue looking at business cards that stand out, and here’s hoping you get some inspiration and ideas! After all, you only get one first impression, so your business card should be something that showcases the best of your design abilities. On Wednesday we looked at the use of interesting shapes, 3D business cards, [...]
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part I
As a graphic designer, your business card should do more than let people know how to contact you. If you’re interested in truly making a good first impression, the business card has got to stand out. Whether through color, design, die cutting, unique materials, 3D shapes, or actual samples of your work, a stand-out business [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II
Today, we’re looking at the collaboration side of negotiation and collaboration in graphic design. Because your work is ultimately for the client, at times you as the designer must be willing to compromise to reach a mutually agreeable goal. Here are some tips to help you collaborate with clients. Ways to Collaborate Listen. On page 28 [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I
It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating [...]
When Things Go Bad: 5 Tips for Firing Clients
Most graphic designers will be in a similar situation at some point: the client will not pay, the client is never satisfied with your work yet won’t collaborate to fix it, or you simply realize that you and the client are not meshing. Regardless of when and why you need to fire a client, everyone [...]
Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship
Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you [...]
Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part II
If you’re interested in doing pro bono graphic design work, it’s important to educate yourself about smart ways to do it. Once you’ve got some guidelines, you can approach your pro bono work with creativity; unless your client specifically requests it, you don’t need to limit yourself to a brochure. Consider these ideas for pro [...]
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