Freehand, Other Graphics Software & Related Articles, Tutorials, Resources
This Graphics Software category section provides annotated links to helpful articles, tutorials, and programs for Macromedia (Adobe) Freehand, CorelDRAW, The Gimp, Trellian, Xara, and more.
Note 17 May, 2007: Looking for Adobe Illustrator? That section now has its own page:
Adobe Illustrator: Articles, Tutorials, Actions, Brushes, Discussion Lists, Resources, Books, Software
Do you know of some good articles, tutorials, books, or resources related to Web graphics, or graphics programs? Recommendations are welcome and appreciated!
On this page:
- Adobe-Macromedia Freehand
- Other Graphics Software
- Other Web Sites with Web Graphics Software Resources
Also within Graphics Software, Tutorials (24 pages):
- Adobe Fireworks Tutorials, Articles, Extensions, Discussion Lists, Resources, Books
- Adobe Flash Tutorials, Articles, Resources, Discussion Lists, Books, Software
- Adobe Illustrator Tutorials, Articles, Brushes, Symbols, Discussion Lists, Resources, Books, Software (7 pages)
- Adobe Photoshop Tutorials, Articles, Actions, Brushes, Forums, Resources, Books, Software (8 pages)
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Tutorials, Product Information, Sites, Blogs, Resources, Books, and Software
- CorelDRAW Tutorials, Articles, Resources, Books
- Corel Paint Shop Pro Tutorials, Articles, Resources, Books
- Swish, Other Animation / Multimedia Graphics Software Tutorials, Resources
- Icon Creation and Editing Software and Plugins, and Related Tutorials
Adobe - Macromedia Freehand
Macromedia FreeHand, Macromedia's popular vector graphics program. As mentioned elsewhere at this site, Adobe purchased Macromedia, so for the time being you'll find product information and references around the Web under one or both company names for the previously Macromedia products.
Adobe - Macromedia Freehand Product Information, Help, Tutorials (via Adobe - Macromedia)
- Adobe - Macromedia FreeHand
Macromedia's competing product for vector graphics. Use Freehand for creative design, storyboarding, multipage document production, and editing with an unparalleled set of creative design tools. Easily repurpose your designs for print, the Internet, or Adobe Flash. [Product information via Adobe Web site (formerly via Macromedia).]
- Adobe - Freehand Support Forums
[Forums via Adobe Web site (formerly via Macromedia).]
- Getting Started: Tutorial and Article Index
Learn the basics, working with vector graphics, working with text, working with color, strokes, and fills, creating Web graphics and animations, and working with other programs. Helpful! [Articles and tutorials by Macromedia, FreeHand Support Center, Adobe (formerly via Macromedia).]
FreeHand Tutorials and Resources
In addition to those provided by Adobe, Macromedia above, here are some articles, tutorials, and resources around the 'Net on FreeHand.
- FreeHand Tutorials
Quite a few tutorials here on using FreeHand - basic and intermediate level tutorials for drawing, creating vector graphics, and more on using FreeHand. [Tutorials by Mike Doughty, Mike's Sketchpad.]
- The FreeHand Source
Web site all about FreeHand - news, information, tips, resources. [Web site by Ian Kelleigh.]
- Freehand Tutorials and Techniques
Annotated listing of tutorials and resources on FreeHand. [Listing by Sue Chastain, About.com's Guide to Graphics Software.]
Other Graphics Programs
While there are countless graphics programs available, the annotated links within this section below are especially suited to creating graphics for the Web. These are in addition to those already listed at this site, such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Adobe FireWorks (was Macromedia Fireworks), Multimedia and Animation Programs (such as Adobe Flash (was Macromedia Flash), Adobe Illustrator (above), and Macromedia FreeHand (above).
Popular illustration and layout software by Corel. Vector graphics, Web graphics, more. [Information via Corel Web site.]
- The Gimp
A freely distributed GNU image manipulation program for Unix and X, Windows, and Mac. Has lots of devoted users and has a good reputation.
- Trellian Button Factory
Quickly create stunning Web site graphics. This inexpensive program will help you create buttons, menus, logos and icons with or without previous graphics experience. Easy to use.
- Xara Webstyle
A vector graphics template based program that allows you to create navigation bars with rollover effects and DHTML menus, animated banner ads, headings and many other graphic types - or even do basic photo processing, all with the click of a button.
Other Web Sites with Web Graphics Software Resources
- Web Graphics and Animation Software
Helpful articles and annotated listings of resources to help you figure out which programs are appropriate for your Web graphics needs, along with links to find them. [Articles and resources by Sue Chastain, About.com's Guide to Graphics Software.]