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Takes a step by step approach through a series of projects to build Web pages, export images and transfer the page into an HTML file that can be edited. The CD-ROM contains files needed to complete the projects.
For example, click and hold the Pointer tool (top left on the Tools panel) to see the other tools in this area. If the Tools panel is not open, choose Window > Tools.
Fireworks has two modes for editing images: Vector mode and Bitmap mode. Vector mode is for creating vector images, and Bitmap mode is for editing bitmaps. Both modes share the same Tools panel, but some tools change based on the editing mode. For example, the Eraser tool looks like an eraser in Bitmap mode and a knife in Vector mode. The Rectangle tool in Vector mode creates a rectangle that can be resized and edited. In Bitmap mode, the same tool creates a bitmap rectangle that cannot be changed or resized while in this mode.
As you work with the panels, you'll move them around or close them. To restore the panels to their original positions, choose Commands > Panel Layout Sets and choose from one of the listed screen sizes. A script runs that moves the panels based on the screen size you chose. This command is also very handy when you change your monitor-when you execute the command, the panels move to accommodate the new monitor.
When editing bitmaps in Bitmap mode, you will be either editing pixel by pixel (with the Pencil, Pen, or Eraser tool) or editing a selection of pixels. Use the selection tools to select pixels either by their color value or by their location within an area. Only those pixels within the selection are affected by any changes you make.
When you are in Bitmap mode, any object you place on the canvas can't be moved or repositioned-you have permanently "painted" the object on the canvas.
To exit Bitmap mode, you can also press the Esc key (Windows and Macintosh), Ctrl+Shift+E (Windows), Command+Shift+E (Macintosh), or Command+period (Macintosh only), or choose Modify > Exit Bitmap Mode.
To understand this better, look at the many shades of blue in the sky in the bitmap image you have opened. The blue of the sky is dark at the top of the image and gradually lightens as it nears the horizon. If you used a low tolerance level, for example 10, then the number of blue pixels selected is limited to a small area around where you click with the tool. If you select the entire sky, you will need to continue to click to add pixels to the selection. If you use a large tolerance number, for example 255, then you will also select colors outside the blue color range.
The default tolerance level of 32 is generally a good starting point. Instead of increasing the tolerance level, try adding to the selection by holding Shift and clicking another color...
If you change the color too much, the edges of the selection, especially around the flower, will look too harsh. Bitmap images are made up of pixels, which are square. Around
the petals of the flower are pixels that are a color combination of the blue sky and yellow flower.
These pixels trick your eye into seeing a smooth edge around the flower and are not in your selection because of their color. When you change the hue to magenta, for example, the color is far different from the blue, and those pixels stand out, resulting in a hard edge around the flower. Experiment with the slider until you get a darker blue or a violet-blue color.
Adjust the sliders in the Hue/Saturation dialog box to your liking.
If you want to save your selection before you deselect it, choose Modify > Marquee > Save Selection. To use the selection again, choose Modify > Marquee > Restore Selection. Fireworks only saves one selection.
The Polygon Lasso tool draws straight-line segments. This tool works differently than the Lasso tool; instead of dragging the tool to make the selection, click for your first point, release the mouse, move to a new location, and click again to define a line segment. Just as with the Lasso tool, you'll see a small square by the cursor when you are close to the beginning point. Click when you see the square to close the selection. You can also double-click to close the selection, even if you have not moved the cursor back to the beginning point...
|Lesson 1||Bitmap Editing||6|
|Lesson 2||Working with Groups and Layers||34|
|Lesson 3||Using Vector Tools||52|
|Lesson 4||Text, Fills, and Live Effects||84|
|Lesson 5||Advanced Techniques||118|
|Lesson 6||Optimizing and Exporting||152|
|Lesson 7||Creating Animated GIF Images||176|
|Lesson 8||Creating Buttons||212|
|Lesson 9||Creating Image Maps and Slices||232|
|Lesson 10||Production Techniques||268|
|Lesson 11||Integrating with Dreamweaver||284|
This Macromedia Training from the Source program introduces you to the major features of Fireworks 4 by guiding you step by step through the creation of several Web pages. The book's ii lessons begin with the bitmap tools to edit an image and then take you though the steps of creating a logo for a fictitious company and designing Web pages. You then add rollover buttons and export your pages as HTML files. The last lesson covers the integration between Fireworks and Dreamweaver. This book is not intended to teach you Dreamweaver, but you will use Dreamweaver in Lesson ii to see how Fireworks and Dreamweaver work together. For step-by-step instruction in Dreamweaver, see Macromedia Dreamweaver4: Training from the Source, also published by Macromedia Press.
This roughly 16-hour curriculum includes these lesson topics:
Lesson 1: Bitmap Editing
Lesson 2: Working with Groups and Layers
Lesson 3: Using Vector Tools
Lesson 4: Text, Fills, and Live Effects
Lesson 5: Advanced Techniques
Lesson 6: Optimizing and Exporting
Lesson 7: Creating Animated GI F Images
Lesson 8: Creating Buttons
Lesson 9: Creating Image Maps and Slices
Lesson 10: Production Techniques
Lesson 11: Integrating with Dreamweaver
Each lesson begins with an overview of its contents and what you can expect to learn. Lessons are divided into focused, bite-size tasks to build your Fireworks skills. Each lesson builds on what you've learned in previous lessons.
As you work through the lessons, you will open files within the Lessons folder. If you are working on a Windows machine, the files you copy from the Lessons folder on the CD are locked. Within the Lessons folder is a DOS batch file (unlock files.bat) that you can execute to unlock all of the files in the folder automatically. Double-click the batch file to begin the unlocking process. The locked files are a concern only in Lesson 1i. If you do not unlock the files, you will get a warning message when you open them.
Folder names and file names are capitalized throughout this book for readability. Some Web servers do not support capital letters for file names. When you are building your images and HTML pages, it is a good idea to use lowercase for all your file names. That way, you are assured the file names are supported on any server.
The lessons in this book assume that you are a beginner with Fireworks but that you are familiar with the basic methods of giving commands on a Windows or Macintosh computer, such as choosing items from menus, opening and saving files, and so on. For more information on those tasks, see the documentation provided with your computer.
Finally, the instructions in the book also assume that you already have Fireworks 4 and Dreamweaver 4 installed on a Windows or Macintosh computer, and that your computer meets the system requirements listed on the System Requirements page.
Tips: These highlight shortcuts for performing common tasks or ways you can use your new Fireworks skills to solve common problems. Power Tips: These highlight productivity shortcuts. Notes: These provide background information about a feature or task. Italic terms: Words in italic indicate the exact text or file name you need to enter in a dialog box or panel as you work through the steps in a lesson. Menu commands and keyboard shortcuts: Alternative methods for executing commands. Menu commands are shown like this: Menu > Command > Subcommand. Keyboard shortcuts are shown like this: Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Macintosh). The + between the names of the keys means that you should press both keys simultaneously and both Windows and Macintosh commands will always be included.
Posted February 8, 2002
This is an excellent book for beginners. I am a database administrator and web programmer who wanted to get involve with web design. This book gave me the information that I needed to get working right away. The explanations are clear and concise and I actually learned by doing the hands-on tutorials. This made learning the material actually fun!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 24, 2000