Quick shapes in FreeHand:
For this tutorial we are going to explore the handy "Bend" tool. Using it you can quickly make shapes that will have people asking "How did you do that?"
I usually use "inches" as my measurement in this program, however at times I will change to "pixels" for more precise measurment.
Lets get started.
Create a 2" by 2" square with the rectangle box tool. [Command+U] (control+U -windows) to "ungroup" the square, and make it a path with 4 editable "nodes" or "anchor points".
Now to create a clover shape really quickly, Select the square then,
simply go to:
There is my clover, in just seconds. Now if I were going to actually use it as a clover I would rotate it about 20 degrees and fill it with a gradient or two. Then off to photoshop to airbrush a little detail into it.
If you go "up and to the left" while dragging you will create a star type shape. Try the "Bend" tool on differnet path shapes and see what you come up with. Add a bunch of random nodes to the square path and and try this method.