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I am working on a series of logos, and the overall appearence involves alot of rounded right-angle corners. What is the best method for doing something like this? Is there any tool/trick to take a corner point and 'round it' ? In 3D, this is called 'fillet' - is there a similar tool in FH?...

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    I am working on a series of logos, and the overall appearence involves alot of
    rounded right-angle corners. What is the best method for doing something like
    this? Is there any tool/trick to take a corner point and 'round it' ? In 3D,
    this is called 'fillet' - is there a similar tool in FH?

    abeall Guest

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    abeall wrote:
     

    FH doesn't have a filleting tool, although it's often requested.

    If you are using rectangles drawn with the rectangle tool, you can apply
    rounded corners in the Object Inspector.

    In FHMX, you can option-drag (Mac) to round corners of rectangles. Other
    polygons can be rounded in the object inspector. See the Help files for
    details.

    On closed paths, you can use a series of Inset Path operations to round
    corners. This example is for an 8-point radius. All steps use rounded
    corners on Inset Path Xtra.

    1. Inset path 8 points
    2. Inset path -8 points
    3. Inset path -8 points
    4. Inset path 8 points

    I help myself remember the order of steps as "Plus, minus, minus, plus".

    Judy Arndt

    Judy Guest

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    Too bad there's no fillet tool - I wonder why? - but your Inset Path trick is pretty much all I need. It will get the job done. Thank-you!
    abeall Guest

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    the alt key method is incredibly easy if you're rounding boxes. You can always
    slice from there.

    make a box
    select the arrow tool
    hold down the alt key (option on Mac)
    the corners become big diamonds
    click and drag anyone of them
    schwing.

    god I love freehand.

    Will

    WillMoore Guest

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    oh. judy mentioned that.

    ;)

    will
    WillMoore Guest

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    This feature has been in Corel Draw for a long time. Several other features, like Transform Handels has been 'stolen' form Corel. Unfortunately Macromedia just could not improve the features but made them worse.

    This has been the major problem in FreeHand. There are a lot of good features that would have needed just a bit improvement. Panels especially, like Guides panel.

    Most likely the story of FreeHand is about to end. I would not blame Adobe, though. Macromedia ed it up in the first place.

    However, I would like to see MX Layout implemented in all Adobe Software. From side sliding panels in Illustrator and InDesign are the worst piece of interface design I've seen in a long time, if ever.

    Jukka
    Armadillo Guest

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