Draw a closed path where you want the items to be masked. Select the items> I don't use FreeHand a whole lot, but I have 3 unrelated questions I am
> struggling with.
> 1) Masks - are there no masks in FreeHand? Anything like Fireworks? It would
> seem crazy to me if there isn't, but A search in the F1 help revealed nothing
> but imported graphics with Alpha channel.
you want to masked. Cut. Select the clipping path and Paste Inside.
All of the Raster Effects rasterize your vectors, even those lying under the> 2) rastering - it seems like many of the effects are rasterizing my vecotors.
> Even a basic transparency kills them. Why is this? Maybe the special effects,
> like blur and drop shadow makes sense, but transparency? Why? Also, is there a
> way to control at what resolution the prevously vector paths get rasterized
Fill > Lens > Transparency does not rasterize vectors.
Set your Preferences > Redraw > 'Better but slower display' and Onscreen> 3) print quality - This is my main problem. I have a photo quality printer,
> but I cannot get my rasters in FH.MX to print out high quality. Changing the
> doent/printer DPI doesn't change anything. I have a couple photos, plus
> vectors that have some filters(which makes them rasters? see above) and they
> also print out very grainy. What am I doing wrong?
resolution to Full. You need to do this because for non-Postscript printers,
FHMX sends the on-screen preview to the printer.
In File > Doent Settings > Raster Effects settings, select a PPI
appropriate for your printer. Usually 200 ppi is appropriate for a color
photo inkjet. Check your printer doentation for the manufacturer's
Just for your info the doent/printer DPI settings is for Postscript
output. It controls the number of steps in a gradient and newly constructed