August 10, 2006

Migrating from FreeHand to Illustrator

If you're a FreeHand user who has been struggling to get up to speed with using Illustrator -- or if like me, you've been using the two products over the years -- you'll want to check out my latest video at Lynda.com, Migrating from FreeHand to Illustrator.

Here's the description of the title from the website:

Migrating from FreeHand to Illustrator shows how to smoothly make the transition to Illustrator, including how to create and edit vector graphics and how to use FreeHand files in Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding approaches the lessons from the perspective of FreeHand users who want to work in Illustrator for small or large projects. The tutorials demonstrate the basics of importing FreeHand files into Illustrator without losing detail, editing paths and changing object attributes, and using advanced creative effects. Mordy breaks down Illustrator-specific tools using FreeHand terminology to make the switch as seamless as possible. Exercise files accompany this tutorial.

I hope this video will be of help to those who are either currently making the move from one app to the other, or who are contemplating using Illustrator as well.

6 comments:

Simon Cooper said...

I think it is really sad to see that Freehand life is coming to an end. It was clearly my first ever application, Freehand version 2 that I still have packed in its manual box I brought with my first mac. I read it the other day and realised how much Freehand and Illustrator have progress.

Mordy Golding said...

Yes Simon, sometimes it's great to look back and see how far we've come :)

My first serious design app was actually Canvas but I remember running all around NY trying to find a service bureau who was willing to output my Canvas file. So I switched to FreeHand (it was 3.1 at that time).

Anonymous said...

For those of me who still need a copy of Adobe Illustrator, you can get it here -> Adobe Illustrator 10

Anonymous said...

there is no migration to illustrator. i am using illustrator just for some applications and tools and afte i go fastly back to freehand.

especially in the basic day to day work illustrator cannot give me the full, quick and easy support i need.

mordy allready sad at enrichdesign.com that the freehand user just had to accept to click sometimes more in illustrator.

if you click for every single easy thing 5 times more than in freehand, then you and up with many hours more during the week.

many things in illu like working with patterns are not possible in a fast and quick workflow.

no way. i will work with freehand. with xp i have many years i can still use it and just pic the stuff from illustrator i need.

eithe adobe is improving this clumsy software or i just wait till xara xtreme pro, canvas or any other verctor softwar is giving me what i need.

a quick, simply and effective workflow with full control on everything. life effects you have also in xara and i lay back and just keep an eye on the marked and dont get in panic.

there is no need for me to switch to a weaker application and slower.

Annie Rhiannon said...

Hi Mordy. I'm finally taking the plunge and switching to Illustrator. Too little too late though, as I start my new job on Monday and feel I should have switched ages ago! Thanks for the tutorials, they're a great help.

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