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Title:
Fireworks 2 bible
Author:
Lowery, Joseph (Joseph W.)
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Publication Information:
Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxxiv, 718 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
Includes index.

"3334-7"--Spine.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780764533341
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Book

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If Fireworks 2 can do it, you can do it too... With state-of-the-art vector drawing tools and pixel-based image editing -- plus a Web export engine with JavaScript and HTML output -- Fireworks 2 is the ultimate Web graphics tool. And the Fireworks® 2 Bible is your ultimate guide to this complex software package. Author Joseph Lowery, a professional Web developer, shows you step-by-step how to harness and customize Fireworks -- and create eye-popping art for the Web. Packed with illustrations, this in-depth reference also includes dozens of real-world examples to help you master advanced skills such as animations, masking, rollovers, and tweening. Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Fireworks 2 Save time with Styles, Batch Processing, and Symbols Bridge between images and HTML to create image maps, slides, and rollovers Import graphics and text easily -- including Photoshop, Illustrator, and FreeHand formats Optimize images -- for the highest quality in the smallest file size -- with Export Preview Create spectacular effects like Inner Bevel, Drop Shadow, and Glow with Live Effects Link your graphics seamlessly with the URL Manager Master the improved graphics tools, such as the Path Combine commands Union, Intersection, and Punch Integrate Fireworks output with Dreamweaver and Flash Valuable CD-ROM Included! Fully functioning trial versions of Fireworks 2, Dreamweaver 2, and Flash 4 Built-in library of graphics, textures, Xtras, and gradients Pantone ColorWeb Pro demonstration version Alien Skin's Eye Candy 3.01, and Xenofex 1.0 Shareware programs are fully functional, free trial versions of copyrighted programs. If you like particular programs, register with their authors for a nominal fee and receive licenses, enhanced versions, and technical support. Freeware programs are free, copyrighted games, applications, and utilities. You can copy them to as many PCs as you like--free--but they have no technical support. www.idgbooks.com System Requirements: Pentium 133 with VGA display card, or PowerPC processor or faster with System 7.x; 32MB RAM; 100MB hard disk space; CD-ROM drive


Author Notes

About the Author Joseph W. Lowery has been writing about computers and new technology since 1981. He is the author of Dreamweaver 2 Bible and Buying Online For Dummies (IDG Books Worldwide). He has also written books on using the Internet for business and HTML, and has contributed to several books on Microsoft Office. Joseph is currently Contributing Editor for GadgetBoy, an online consumer review service, as well as Webmaster for a variety of sites. Joseph and his wife, dancer/choreographer Debra Wanner, have a daughter, Margot.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Part I Come See the Fireworksp. 1
Chapter 1 Welcome to Fireworksp. 3
The New Generation of Web Graphic Toolsp. 4
Of Pixels and Paths: The Best of Both Worldsp. 5
Vector tools with organic bitmapsp. 6
Bitmap compatibilityp. 7
Live effectsp. 8
Stylesp. 9
Animationp. 9
Linking to the Webp. 10
Hotspots and slicesp. 10
Images with behaviorsp. 11
Optimizing for the Webp. 12
Dreamweaver integrationp. 13
Production Toolsp. 13
URL Managerp. 13
Batch processingp. 14
What's New in Fireworks 2p. 15
User interfacep. 15
Graphic creationp. 16
Web connectivityp. 17
Chapter 2 Understanding the Interfacep. 21
Navigating the Drawing Areap. 22
Accessing Toolbarsp. 24
Opening the Toolboxp. 24
View controlsp. 27
Main toolbar (Windows only)p. 31
Modify toolbar (Windows only)p. 32
Status bar (Windows only)p. 34
Managing the Floating Panelsp. 34
Grouping and moving panelsp. 35
Hiding and revealing panelsp. 36
Examining common featuresp. 36
Object inspectorp. 38
Stroke panelp. 40
Fill panelp. 41
Effects panelp. 43
Info panelp. 44
Tool options panelp. 45
Color mixerp. 46
Swatches panelp. 47
Layers panelp. 48
Frames panelp. 50
Styles panelp. 51
Behaviors inspectorp. 52
URL Managerp. 53
Find and Replace panelp. 55
Project logp. 56
Using the Menusp. 57
File menup. 57
Edit menup. 60
View menup. 61
Insert menup. 63
Modify menup. 64
Text menup. 69
Xtrasp. 71
Window menup. 72
Help menu (Windows only)p. 74
Chapter 3 Customizing Your Environmentp. 79
Setting Preferencesp. 79
General preferencesp. 80
Editing preferencesp. 82
Folder preferencesp. 85
Adjusting a Document's Propertiesp. 86
Slicing an imagep. 87
Using image map optionsp. 90
Selecting Print Optionsp. 91
Creating New Pagesp. 93
Opening Multiple Imagesp. 99
Storing Filesp. 101
Reverting to a saved filep. 103
Modifying Canvasesp. 103
Altering the canvas size onlyp. 106
Picking a new canvas colorp. 109
Chapter 4 Setting Up Documentsp. 93
Creating New Pagesp. 93
Width and heightp. 94
Resolutionp. 94
Canvas colorp. 95
Opening Existing Imagesp. 97
Opening Multiple Imagesp. 99
Storing Filesp. 101
Closing a filep. 102
Reverting to a saved filep. 103
Modifying Canvasesp. 103
Changing image and canvas sizep. 103
Altering the canvas size onlyp. 106
Picking a new canvas colorp. 109
Part II Mastering the Toolsp. 111
Chapter 5 Creating and Transforming Objectsp. 113
Understanding Objects in Fireworksp. 113
Examining Pathsp. 114
Applying a strokep. 114
Open and closed pathsp. 116
Center pointp. 116
Directionp. 117
Starting from Shapesp. 117
Rectangles and squaresp. 118
Ellipses and circlesp. 120
Polygons and starsp. 122
Drawing Lines and Freeform Pathsp. 126
Straight linesp. 126
Freeform Pencil and Brushp. 127
Constructing Bezier Curvesp. 130
Drawing lines with the Penp. 131
Creating smooth curves with the Penp. 132
Mixing lines and curvesp. 132
Adjusting curvesp. 133
Using the keyboard modifiersp. 135
Chapter 6 Working with Imagesp. 137
Understanding Bitmapped Images in Fireworksp. 137
Examining Image Edit Modep. 138
Starting Image Edit modep. 138
Leaving Image Edit modep. 140
Examining other Image Mode functionsp. 140
Opening existing imagesp. 141
Inserting an Image into a Documentp. 142
Inserting an Empty Imagep. 143
Using Image Edit Mode Toolsp. 143
Pointerp. 144
Marqueep. 145
Lasso and Polygon Lassop. 148
Magic Wandp. 150
Rubber Stampp. 153
Eraserp. 155
Fireworks Technique: Limiting Your Drawing Areap. 156
Selecting Imagesp. 157
Selecting allp. 157
Selecting nonep. 157
Selecting inversep. 157
Feathering an existing selectionp. 158
Selecting similarp. 159
Applying Object Tools to Imagesp. 159
Converting an Object to an Imagep. 160
Chapter 7 Managing Colorp. 163
Working with Color on the Webp. 163
Bit depthp. 164
Hexadecimal colorsp. 165
Web-safe colorsp. 166
Platform differencesp. 166
Mixing Colorsp. 167
Using the Color Mixerp. 167
Choosing a colorp. 168
Accessing the color modelsp. 169
Selecting Swatches of Colorp. 172
Choosing from the color wellsp. 173
Using the Swatches panelp. 175
Fireworks Technique: Converting Pantone Colors to Web-Safe Colorsp. 179
Chapter 8 Choosing Strokesp. 183
Using the Stroke Panelp. 183
Stroke categories and typesp. 185
Stroke edge and sizep. 186
Stroke texturep. 186
Working with the Built-in Strokesp. 188
Pencilp. 188
Basicp. 189
Airbrushp. 190
Calligraphyp. 190
Charcoalp. 191
Crayonp. 192
Felt Tipp. 193
Oilp. 194
Watercolorp. 195
Randomp. 196
Unnaturalp. 197
Creating New Strokesp. 198
Managing your strokesp. 198
Editing the strokep. 201
Fireworks Technique: Making Dotted Linesp. 210
Orienting the Strokep. 212
Using Pressure-Sensitive Tabletsp. 213
Chapter 9 Structuring Pathsp. 215
Transforming Objects Visuallyp. 216
Scalingp. 216
Changing scaling optionsp. 218
Skewingp. 219
Distortingp. 220
Rotatingp. 221
Transforming Objects Numericallyp. 223
Fireworks Technique: Creating Perspectivep. 224
Altering the opacityp. 226
Using Mask Groupsp. 226
Managing Points and Pathsp. 228
Moving points with the Subselection toolp. 228
Adding and removing pointsp. 229
Closing an open pathp. 230
Working with multiple pathsp. 231
Editing Pathsp. 232
Redrawing a pathp. 232
Freeform and Reshape Areap. 233
Path Scrubberp. 237
Knifep. 238
Path Operationsp. 240
Unionp. 240
Intersectp. 241
Punchp. 242
Cropp. 242
Simplifyp. 242
Expand Strokep. 243
Inset pathp. 245
Chapter 10 Composing with Textp. 247
Using the Text Editorp. 247
Previewing on the flyp. 249
Choosing basic font characteristicsp. 250
Adjusting text spacingp. 252
Aligning Textp. 254
Enabling Text Editor optionsp. 256
Re-Editing Textp. 257
Importing Textp. 257
Transforming Textp. 259
Adding strokesp. 259
Enhancing fillsp. 260
Using the transform toolsp. 262
Converting text to pathsp. 263
Text on a Pathp. 265
Fireworks Technique: Masking Images with Textp. 268
Part III Achieving Effectsp. 271
Chapter 11 Fills and Texturesp. 273
Using Built-in Fillsp. 273
Turning off an object's fillp. 274
Solidp. 275
Web Ditherp. 276
Managing Gradientsp. 278
Applying a Gradient fillp. 278
Altering gradientsp. 280
Saving and renamingp. 283
Using the Styles featurep. 284
Fireworks Technique: Making Transparent Gradientsp. 285
Using Patternsp. 286
Adding new patternsp. 287
Altering patternsp. 289
Fireworks Technique: Creating Seamless Patternsp. 290
Adding Texture to Your Fillsp. 294
Adding new texturesp. 296
Assigning an additional Textures folderp. 297
Filling with the Paint Bucketp. 298
Chapter 12 Live Effectsp. 301
Working with Predesigned Effectsp. 301
Inner and Outer Bevelp. 303
Drop Shadowsp. 306
Embossp. 310
Glowp. 311
Fireworks Technique: Making Perspective Shadowsp. 312
Applying Multiple Effectsp. 315
Managing Live Effectsp. 317
Storing a customized effectp. 318
Using the effect in another documentp. 318
Using the Styles ffeaturep. 319
Chapter 13 Arranging and Compositing Objectsp. 321
Using Layersp. 321
Working with layersp. 322
Hiding selected objectsp. 325
Aligning and Distributing Objectsp. 326
Getting Layout Assistancep. 329
Using rulersp. 329
Working with guidesp. 331
The gridp. 334
Grouping Objectsp. 336
Subselecting and superselectingp. 336
Mask groupsp. 337
Fireworks technique: quick photo edgesp. 341
Opacity and Blendingp. 344
Controlling opacityp. 344
Using blending modesp. 345
The modes themselvesp. 346
Fireworks technique: copy, paste, and blendp. 348
Chapter 14 Xtras and Filtersp. 353
Apply an Xtra to... What?p. 353
Path objectsp. 354
Image objectsp. 355
Pixel selections in an image objectp. 355
False pixel selectionsp. 355
Multiple objectsp. 356
Xtras That Aren't Extrasp. 357
Sharpening to bring out detailp. 358
Adding depth with blurringp. 359
Working with the PhotoOptics Filtersp. 361
Saving PhotoOptics settingsp. 363
Color correctionp. 363
Fireworks Technique: The Fireworks Photocopierp. 366
Using Photoshop-Compatible Filtersp. 368
Installing third-party filter packagesp. 368
Using filters with multiple applicationsp. 370
Alien Skin Eye Candy 3.0p. 371
MetaCreations Kai's Power Tools 5p. 376
Part IV Coordinating Workflowp. 383
Chapter 15 Scanning and Importingp. 385
Scanning and Resolution Basicsp. 385
Fireworks, Meet Scannerp. 387
TWAIN-compliant devicesp. 388
Installing Photoshop Acquire plug-ins (Macintosh)p. 389
The Scanning Processp. 389
Selecting a scan resolutionp. 389
Choosing a color depthp. 391
Setting other optionsp. 392
Inserting Objects from Other Applicationsp. 393
Copy and pastep. 393
Drag and dropp. 394
Importing External Filesp. 395
Bitmap image filesp. 396
Vector art filesp. 398
Importing Textp. 400
Opening Animationsp. 401
Importing multiple files as a new animationp. 401
Importing Flash animationsp. 403
Chapter 16 Exporting and Optimizingp. 407
Exporting for the Webp. 407
Working with Export Previewp. 408
Previewingp. 410
Panningp. 411
Croppingp. 411
Zoomingp. 412
Multiple windowsp. 413
Frame controlsp. 415
Export formats and palettesp. 416
Scaling and cropping exported imagesp. 429
Export Color Optionsp. 432
Sort by Popularityp. 433
Mattep. 434
Using the Export Wizardsp. 436
Additional Export Optionsp. 438
Exporting filesp. 439
Exporting as CSS layersp. 440
Exporting as Image Wellsp. 443
Exporting single slicesp. 444
Exporting Againp. 445
Chapter 17 Working with Fireworks Stylesp. 447
Understanding Stylesp. 448
Applying Stylesp. 449
Creating New Stylesp. 450
Managing Stylesp. 452
Fireworks Technique: Isolating Patterns and Textures from Stylesp. 454
Chapter 18 Updating and Maintaining Web Graphicsp. 457
Preview in Browserp. 458
Managing Links with the URL Managerp. 460
Accessing the URL History listp. 461
Adding URLs to the URL Libraryp. 462
Managing URL Librariesp. 464
Updating Graphics with Find and Replacep. 466
Searching and replacing textp. 469
Searching with regular expressionsp. 470
Altering font characteristicsp. 474
Changing colors throughout a sitep. 475
Updating URLsp. 476
Working with the Project Logp. 478
Batch Processing Graphics Filesp. 479
Basic procedurep. 480
Running Scriptletsp. 482
Part V Entering the Webp. 485
Chapter 19 Mastering Image Maps and Slicesp. 487
Understanding Image Maps and Hotspotsp. 487
Using the Hotspot Toolsp. 489
Rectangular hotspotp. 491
Oval hotspotp. 491
Polygon hotspotp. 492
Assigning links to hotspotsp. 493
Converting an object to a hotspotp. 495
Exporting Image Map Codep. 496
Choosing an HTML stylep. 496
Inserting image map code in a Web pagep. 498
Understanding Slicesp. 504
Slicing Images in Fireworksp. 505
Working with slice guidesp. 507
Copying an image to a slicep. 508
Setting URLs in slicesp. 508
Exporting Slicesp. 512
Setting the Export optionsp. 513
Inserting slices in a Web pagep. 514
Fireworks Technique: Animating a Slicep. 516
Chapter 20 Activating Fireworks with Behaviorsp. 521
Understanding Behaviorsp. 521
Using the Behaviors Panelp. 522
Adding new Behaviorsp. 523
Modifying a Behaviorp. 524
Deleting a Behaviorp. 524
Creating Rolloversp. 525
How rollovers workp. 525
Rollover statesp. 526
Creating rollover imagesp. 526
Applying the Simple Rollover Behaviorp. 528
Exporting Rollovers for the Webp. 529
Exporting the code from Fireworksp. 531
Inserting rollover code in your Web pagep. 532
Advanced Rollover Techniquesp. 535
Making disjointed rolloversp. 535
Creating external rolloversp. 536
Working with hotspot rolloversp. 537
Toggle groupsp. 538
Displaying a Status Messagep. 540
Chapter 21 Customizing Fireworksp. 543
Understanding the HTML and JavaScript Enginep. 543
Adding New Templatesp. 544
Customizing HTML and JavaScript Outputp. 545
Fireworks Extensionsp. 546
Global Methodsp. 547
Alert(message)p. 547
Confirm(message)p. 548
Prompt(caption, text)p. 548
Write_HTML(arg1[, arg2, .... argN])p. 549
Write(arg1[, arg2, .... argN])p. 549
Global Objectsp. 549
Appp. 550
Documentp. 565
Findp. 572
Filesp. 572
Errorsp. 577
Hotspot Objectsp. 579
ExportDocp. 579
Imagemapp. 581
Behaviorsp. 582
Slices Objectp. 584
Static propertiesp. 585
Instance propertiesp. 585
Methodsp. 587
Developing Scriptletsp. 588
Chapter 22 Integration with Dreamweaverp. 591
Integration Overviewp. 591
Optimizing Images with Fireworksp. 594
Editing Images with Fireworksp. 596
Exporting Dreamweaver Codep. 597
Working with Dreamweaver Librariesp. 598
Fireworks technique: adding CSS layersto Dreamweaverp. 601
Using Fireworks Behaviors in Dreamweaverp. 603
Part VI Animationp. 607
Chapter 23 Basic Animation Techniquesp. 609
Understanding Web Animationp. 609
Bandwidth, bandwidth, bandwidthp. 610
Making a statementp. 610
Why animate a GIF?p. 611
The Fireworks Animation Toolkitp. 613
Managing framesp. 613
Animating objectsp. 617
Using Onion Skinningp. 620
Using the VCR controlsp. 622
Export settings and optionsp. 622
Web Design with Animated GIF Imagesp. 626
Animated background imagesp. 626
Reusing animationsp. 627
Scaling an animationp. 627
Using the browser's background imagep. 627
Preload an animationp. 627
Animated rolloversp. 628
Slice up animationsp. 629
Fireworks Technique: Creating Banner Adsp. 629
Step 1 Set the stagep. 630
Step 2 Write the scriptp. 631
Step 3 Create the cast of charactersp. 632
Step 4 Direct the actionp. 633
Step 5 Leave the excess on the cutting-room floorp. 637
Chapter 24 Working with Symbols and Instancesp. 639
Understanding Symbols and Instancesp. 639
Creating Symbols and Instancesp. 641
Creating Symbolsp. 642
Creating Instancesp. 642
Modifying Linked Objectsp. 643
Modifying a Symbolp. 644
Modifying an Instancep. 645
Trick Instance updatesp. 645
Managing Symbols and Instancesp. 646
Finding linked objectsp. 646
Unlinking linked objectsp. 646
Deleting linked objectsp. 647
Tweening with Fireworksp. 647
Fireworks Technique: Fading In and Outp. 650
Fireworks Technique: Animating Xtrasp. 652
Fireworks Technique: Tweening Depthp. 654
Appendix A Keyboard Shortcutsp. 657
Appendix B What's on the CD-ROMp. 677
Indexp. 681
End-User License Agreementp. 719
CD-ROM Installation Instructionsp. 726

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