rescaling vector issues FHMXa

rescaling vector issues FHMXa

Post by Becky Gree » Fri, 23 Jan 2004 11:56:45

I am running Freehand MX from Studio MX bundle on a G4 running 10.2.8

I am experiencing problems when I rescale a vector-only graphic to a smaller size. Some parts will not print, and when I go to look at the graphic in preview mode, the line represents as grey and i cannot select. I can select with the marqee tool, and ungroup, then it seems ok and I can group it again, but I do not want to do this every time I rescale the thing! Plus it only seems to affect certain parts of the illustration and i worry that I, or my, colleagues may miss something before it is sent to print.

The elements are not on a separate layer.

I also have placed a lens over this graphic, and the thing does not print at all... only the lens.

There are also some very strange things going on when I rescale a grouped text box with inline effect. As soon as I ungroup that text, it goes crazy and undo does not change it back. Inline effect has always been a little bit dodgy, so I am prepared to work around that one.

Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated.

rescaling vector issues FHMXa

Post by Judy Arnd » Fri, 23 Jan 2004 12:34:00

Are you printing to a Postscript or non-Postscript printer?

What is your File > Document Settings > Raster Effects Setting?

In Preferences > Object do you have 'Groups Transform as Unit by default'
checked? You may want to uncheck it and use the Object Inspector to perform
that function only when you actually need it for a selected group. Is your
text with Inline Effect grouped and does it have 'Transform as Unit'

What kind of lens fill are you using? Magnify, transparency, etc? What

Judy Arndt


rescaling vector issues FHMXa

Post by Becky Gree » Sat, 07 Feb 2004 10:19:29

Hi Judy,
Thanks for your post. Apologies for the late reply, I had to go on emergency holidays!

OK so I am certainly using a postscript printer, HP laserjet 5000. Our colour printer is not ps, but we have a RIP so no worries there.

My raster settings were at 72 ppi. I have not seen this menu item before, I came from Freehand 8 straight to MXa. The eventual output for my project is to digital print at 144dpi. Should I change to that? Or to the offset range 300ppi?

I do have groups transform as unit checked. I ran a test: I unchecked it, pasted a box with outline and a text box onto my page. i grouped, then used the scale tool to reduced it's size. Suddenly I could not select it. I was able to get the handles to show by using the marquee select, but could not then drag it. Nudge worked, but it is not quite handy. When I ungroup, it darkens noticeably in Keyline mode, and I am able to group it again and move it around. I don't think it's an acceptableworkaround to have to do each time, especially if I have a more complex vector image grouped in sections, or vectors pasted inside.

I have erased all inline effects and am doing that manually with outline stroke width. It's more time consuming, but at least I have control and can check the scale tool to include line width. Thanks for your help with that one.

The lens I was using was transparency, at 20% of a PMS colour. It was the image underneath. Again, i had scaled it down and it would not print or accept marquee select.

Now I am having an issue printing a tiff I have placed on the same page. It is 42% of actual size. It's a 952kb file, cmyk tiff out of Photoshop 7. It just doesn't turn up at print. Once I scale it, I cannpt resize it using the handles, I have to type in the percetage of size I would like in the Object Inspector.

I'm surprised Freehand can't handle it, it used to be such a robust little champion! Maybe it's cause the water swirls the other way here in the southern hemisphere...

Thanks again so much for your help and suggestions