Playing with Fire: Tapping the Power of Macromedia Fireworks 4

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This stunning, four-color book features a unique Q&A format built around hundreds of lavishly illustrated, step-by-step techniques. It also features guest artists throughout. The Q&A format makes for easy, instant access to solutions. The extensive, step-by-step color figures make following and understanding the steps and their effects even easier and more compelling. Links and references make access to additional information easy and fast. And a cross-platform CD-ROM includes all the files from the book,...
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Overview

This stunning, four-color book features a unique Q&A format built around hundreds of lavishly illustrated, step-by-step techniques. It also features guest artists throughout. The Q&A format makes for easy, instant access to solutions. The extensive, step-by-step color figures make following and understanding the steps and their effects even easier and more compelling. Links and references make access to additional information easy and fast. And a cross-platform CD-ROM includes all the files from the book, plus tryouts of Fireworks, Dreamweaver and other products.

This full-color step-by-step techniques book is designed to be the ultimate Fireworks reference.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764535499
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/15/2001
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Rathgeber is a writer, Web developer, and Macromedia Evangelist whose Web site, playingwithfire.com, helps people make the most of Fireworks. Currently the creative director of the Oztex Alliance, she has worked for magazines and film companies, among other clients. David C. Nicholls is a photographer, physicist, digital compression expert, and Web developer whose clients include the Australian government.
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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1: Building Blocks — Drawing Shapes in Fireworks.

Chapter 2: Coloring Your Web.

Chapter 3: Manipulating Typefaces in Fireworks.

Chapter 4: Adding Action to Your Pages.

Chapter 5: Processing and Kneading Photographic Images.

Chapter 6: A Little Razzle Dazzle.

Chapter 7: Animating Techniques.

Chapter 8: Keeping Company with Other Software.

What's on the CD-ROM?

Index.

About the Authors.

Colophon.

End-User License Agreement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2001

    Finally a USEFUL computer book!

    I had heard this book would be out the first part of July, and I was hoping to snag a copy before I left on vacation to Germany. No such luck! I had to wait until I returned the end of July, but the wait was worthwhile. I am new at working with HTML, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks. But I'm not new to computers, I cut my teeth on Visicalc and a PC. I have been plowing through computer books ever since. Most books are nothing more than a re-hash of the user manual. They walk you through all the menu functions and commands. That really doesn't help if you have read the user manual, which of course I have. What users want IMHO is a book that shows them how to create something using the tools in the program. Linda does just that. Her book is a tutorial of different real world graphic challenges that can be implemented with Fireworks. It shows you how to do the real innovative techniques. You want gold metalic type faces? She walks you through the entire process. You want a gel effect, or a glass type effect? This book shows you how. It doesn't waste time explaining all the tools and menu options, that's what the other Fireworks books do. This one just hunkers down and walks you through a diverse number of ways to create exciting graphic interfaces that will have you and your viewers saying WOW! Al Sparbar's book, Dreamweaver Magic, is a tough act to follow. I don't know that I could say this book is better, but I would definitely place it in the same class. I am very impressed and would recommend it to anyone that wants to really tap into the power of Fireworks. If you know the basics of the program you will have no trouble immediately absorbing this book and moving to a new level in your graphics abilities. If you don't know the program, read the user manual or one of the other books on the market first. You do need to know how to use the program. But Linda's examples are clear and concise and walk you through some wonderful material from start to finish. Linda is also wonderful about giving you some inside tips, like the fact that if you create too many items in the Fireworks library you are going to slow down your program. Too many authors tell you how to create library items without pointing out the pitfalls. Weeks later when the program degrades the poor user has no clue why or how to resolve the problem. I give this book real kudos. Robert Lane, CPA, MBA Web Developer Ashland, Oregon

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