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images cropped with the crop tool in FreeHand 11.0.01 (Windows 2000) appear at their original size after I close and open the doent again. I searched the support notes but only found the same problem reported for FreeHand 8 and solved with an updater. Has no-one come across this?...

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    images cropped with the crop tool in FreeHand 11.0.01 (Windows 2000) appear at their original size after I close and open the doent again. I searched the support notes but only found the same problem reported for FreeHand 8 and solved with an updater.
    Has no-one come across this?



    vicky braouzou webforumsuser@macromedia.com Guest

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    Default Re: cropping images in FreeHand 11

    Vicki,
    I'm running still running FH8 (with the final updater to 8.0.1b) and it still has the problem. The solution is to not use the crop tool at all. Instead, use FH's "Paste Inside" function (which creates what is known as a "clipping path") as follows:

    1. With your entire imported graphic visible, draw a rectangle over it using FH's rectangle tool (use a thin stroke and make it a color that contrasts well with the image beneath so you can see it).
    2. Adjust the rectangle to enclose the area you want to crop to.
    3. De-select the rectangle and select the image. Go Edit > Cut.
    4. Select the rectangle. Go Edit > Paste Inside.
    5. Change the rectangle's stroke to whatever is appropriate or remove it altogether.
    6. To move the image around within the clipping path, with the pointer tool, Option/Alt click on the image then drag it.
    7. To adjust the clipping rectangle, simply click on one of its corner handles and tweak away.
    8. If you Group the new object, you can easily scale it as needed.

    A really neat thing about a clipping path is that it doesn't have to be rectangular. You can create an oval, star, freehand shape, etc., and paste an image (or any other FH object) inside it. And (hallelujah) it will be there just the way you created it the next time you open the doent.

    Bill Schuhle


    RubberBill webforumsuser@macromedia.com Guest

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