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Title:
Fireworks MX : a beginner's guide
Author:
Cavanaugh, Kim.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : McGraw-Hill/Osborne, [2002]

©2002
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xxvii, 529 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"Free code online"--Cover.

Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780072223675
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Book

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Summary

This comprehensive introduction to creating and exporting graphics for the Web with Fireworks, covers: changes to the tool panel; the Properties Inspector feature; the use of fills, strokes and gradients; integrating Fireworks with Photoshop, Flash and other programs; and the automated features.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introductionp. xxiii
Part 1 Graphics Creation with Fireworks MX
1 An Introduction to Fireworks MXp. 3
What Is Fireworks MX?p. 4
What Does Fireworks Do?p. 5
What's New in Fireworks MX?p. 8
Working with Bitmaps and Vectorsp. 13
Exploring the Fireworks Interfacep. 14
The Tools Panelp. 16
The Document Windowp. 26
Fireworks Integrated Desktop Environmentp. 28
Introducing the Property Inspectorp. 28
Introducing the Panel Docking Areap. 28
Additional Optionsp. 29
The Menu Barp. 29
Main and Modify Toolbars (Windows Only)p. 31
Context Menup. 31
What to Take Awayp. 32
Mastery Checkp. 33
2 Creating Original Artwork with Vectorsp. 35
Image File Formats for the Internetp. 36
Bitmaps and Vectors--Understanding Image Typesp. 36
Graphics Interchange Format--GIFsp. 38
Joint Photographic Experts Group Format--JPEGsp. 40
Portable Network Graphic Format--PNGsp. 41
Fireworks' Native File Format--PNGp. 41
File-Naming Conventionsp. 42
Managing Fireworks Files in a Web Sitep. 42
Creating and Modifying Fireworks Documentsp. 43
Creating a New Fireworks Documentp. 44
Exploring Vector Drawing Tools--Linesp. 47
The Line Toolp. 47
The Pen Toolp. 50
The Vector Path Toolp. 52
Exploring Vector Drawing Tools--Shapesp. 53
Creating Basic Shapesp. 54
Project 2-1 Working with Multiple Objects--Arranging, Combining, and Aligningp. 56
The Power of Transformationp. 63
Transformation Toolsp. 63
Modifying Objectsp. 64
Project 2-2 Transforming Objectsp. 64
Bringing Your Objects Togetherp. 68
Project 2-3 Combining Objects in a Fireworks Documentp. 68
What to Take Awayp. 71
Mastery Checkp. 72
3 Working with Bitmap Imagesp. 75
Document Operations with Bitmap Imagesp. 76
Simple Operations with Bitmap Imagesp. 77
Project 3-1 Modifying Bitmap Imagesp. 81
Project Summaryp. 88
Controlling Edges in Bitmap Selectionsp. 89
Understanding Edge Optionsp. 89
Project 3-2 Painting with Bitmapsp. 92
The Best of Both Worldsp. 97
Project 3-3 Combining Bitmap Images and Vector Objectsp. 97
Vectors and Bitmaps in Web Designp. 100
Project 3-4 Combining Selection and Painting Toolsp. 102
What to Take Awayp. 103
Mastery Checkp. 104
4 Working with Text and Text Effectsp. 107
Working with Text in Fireworks MXp. 108
Text Terminologyp. 109
New Text Tools in Fireworks MXp. 110
Project 4-1 Entering Text in a Fireworks Documentp. 111
Understanding Text Propertiesp. 117
Project 4-2 Modifying Text Propertiesp. 119
Converting Text to Vector Objectsp. 124
Project 4-3 Working with Vectors, Paths, and Textp. 125
Combining Text with Vectorsp. 129
Project 4-4 Attaching Text to a Pathp. 130
What to Take Awayp. 136
Mastery Checkp. 138
5 Exploring Strokes, Fills, and Effectsp. 141
Understanding Strokes and Fillsp. 142
Exploring Stroke and Fill Settings in the Property Inspectorp. 143
Project 5-1 Using Strokes and Fills for Three-Dimensional Effectsp. 159
Applying Live Effects and Filters in Fireworks MXp. 163
Exploring the Effects Interfacep. 164
Exploring the Filters Interfacep. 168
Project 5-2 Creating a Glass Buttonp. 169
Styling with Stylesp. 173
Introducing the Styles Panelp. 173
Understanding Stylesp. 174
Creating Custom Stylesp. 175
What to Take Awayp. 176
Mastery Checkp. 177
6 Creating and Organizing Complex Graphicsp. 179
Understanding Groups and Layersp. 180
Organizing with Groupsp. 180
Organizing with Layersp. 181
Working with the Layers Panelp. 182
Components and Capabilities of the Layers Panelp. 184
Project 6-1 Basic Grouping Operationsp. 185
Using Masks to Create Transparent Imagesp. 187
Project 6-2 Creating Transparent Masksp. 188
Advanced Masking Techniquesp. 193
Project 6-3 Masking with Fills and Strokesp. 194
Using Masks to Crop Imagesp. 198
Project 6-4 Cropping with Masksp. 199
Organizing Objects with the Layers Panelp. 203
Project 6-5 Controlling Complex Images with the Layers Panelp. 204
What to Take Awayp. 211
Mastery Checkp. 212
7 Tools for Creating Consistent Contentp. 215
Understanding Symbols and Instancesp. 216
Project 7-1 Working With Symbolsp. 217
Creative Techniques with Symbolsp. 223
Project 7-2 Special Effects with Symbolsp. 223
Automated Workflow with the History Panel and Custom Commandsp. 226
Project 7-3 Creating a Custom Command--the Spirographp. 228
Automated Workflow with Batch Processingp. 234
Project 7-4 Batch Processing Filesp. 235
Editing Graphics with the Find and Replace Featurep. 239
Project 7-5 Using Find and Replacep. 240
What to Take Awayp. 243
Mastery Checkp. 244
8 Creating Animated Filesp. 247
Simple Animationsp. 249
Project 8-1 Creating Frame-by-Frame Animationsp. 249
Animation Techniques with Symbols, Tweening, and Layersp. 258
Project 8-2 Animating with Symbols and Layersp. 259
Animated Symbolsp. 265
Project 8-3 Working with Animated Symbolsp. 265
Exporting Animated GIFsp. 270
Setting File Optimization in the Optimize Panelp. 271
Reducing File Weightp. 272
Previewing in the Document Windowp. 273
Previewing Animations in a Browserp. 274
What to Take Awayp. 274
Mastery Checkp. 275
9 Creative Tips for Getting the Most Out of Fireworksp. 277
Photographic Techniquesp. 278
Creating Old-Fashioned Photosp. 278
Applying Textures to Imagesp. 279
Creating a Picture Framep. 281
Creating an Oval Picture Framep. 282
Combining Imagesp. 284
Lightening Imagesp. 285
Tinting Imagesp. 287
Special Effects with the Difference Modep. 288
Summary--Photographic Techniquesp. 289
Creative Text Effectsp. 290
Two-Tone Textp. 290
Joining Text with Vector Objectsp. 292
Joining Text with Textp. 293
Text with a 3-D Shadowp. 294
Windy and Zippy Textp. 294
Creating Brushed Metal Textp. 295
Fun with Wingdings and Webdingsp. 297
Summary--Creative Text Effectsp. 298
Creative Techniques with Vector Objectsp. 299
Creating Custom Brush Strokes--the Dashed Linep. 299
Creating 3-D Shapes--the Boxp. 301
Scaling and Skewing to Create Perspective Objectsp. 302
Using Symbols with Multiple Objectsp. 303
Punching Multiple Shapesp. 304
Summary--Creative Techniques with Vector Objectsp. 306
Project 9-1 Combining Creative Techniquesp. 307
What to Take Awayp. 312
Mastery Checkp. 313
10 Optimizing and Exporting Filesp. 315
Performing Image Optimizationp. 316
Project 10-1 Optimizing Files with the Export Preview Featurep. 320
Project Summaryp. 327
Working from the Document Windowp. 328
Project 10-2 Optimizing and Exporting Files from the Document Windowp. 330
Slicing Large Imagesp. 334
Project 10-3 Slicing Large Graphics with Guidesp. 334
Using Slices for Image Exportsp. 339
Project 10-4 Exporting Graphics with Selected Slicesp. 340
About Image Transparenciesp. 344
Understanding Transparenciesp. 344
Practical Considerations When Working with Transparenciesp. 344
What to Take Awayp. 345
Mastery Checkp. 346
Part 2 Fireworks MX and the World Wide Web
11 Creating Image Maps and Buttonsp. 351
Understanding Web Objectsp. 352
Fireworks' Web Object Toolsp. 353
Considerations for Using Image Mapsp. 354
Project 11-1 Creating Image Maps with Hotspotsp. 356
Previewing Interactive Images in a Web Browserp. 359
Project 11-2 Creating Rollover Effects with Slicesp. 360
File Formats and Interactive Imagesp. 364
Project 11-3 Using the Button Editorp. 365
Using the URL Panelp. 371
Importing URLsp. 371
About Links and URLsp. 373
Project 11-4 Exporting Interactive Imagesp. 374
What to Take Awayp. 378
12 Creating Advanced Navigation Elementsp. 381
Disjoint Rolloversp. 382
Project 12-1 Creating a Disjoint Rolloverp. 383
Exploring the Behaviors Panelp. 390
Project 12-2 Disjoint Rollovers with Animationsp. 391
Creating Navigation Barsp. 394
Project 12-3 Creating a Navigation Bar with Multiple Down Statesp. 395
Creating Pop-Up Menu Navigationp. 400
Project 12-4 Designing Pop-Up Menu Navigationp. 402
What to Take Awayp. 409
Mastery Checkp. 410
13 Integrating Fireworks with Dreamweaverp. 413
Understanding Dreamweaver/Fireworks Integrationp. 414
Preparing Fireworks and Dreamweaver Editing Preferencesp. 415
Setting Dreamweaver Editing Preferencesp. 415
Setting Fireworks Preferencesp. 416
Project 13-1 Editing Fireworks Graphics from Within Dreamweaverp. 417
Integrating Web Page Design with Fireworks and Dreamweaverp. 422
Project 13-1 Designing a Web Page Interface in Fireworksp. 423
Automating Workflow with Dreamweaver Library Elementsp. 433
Project 13-3 Creating Dreamweaver Library Itemsp. 434
Exploring Additional Integration Featuresp. 439
Quick Exportp. 439
Image Placeholdersp. 440
Enhanced Pop-up Menu Editingp. 441
Reconstitute HTML Tables Commandp. 441
What to Take Awayp. 442
Mastery Checkp. 443
14 Integrating Fireworks with Other Applicationsp. 445
Fireworks MX and Flash MX Integrationp. 446
Export and Import Options for Flash MXp. 447
Project 14-1 Importing Fireworks Files to Flash MXp. 449
Integrating with Other Macromedia Productsp. 456
Working with Macromedia FreeHandp. 456
Working with Macromedia Directorp. 461
Working with Macromedia Homesitep. 462
Integrating with Other Applicationsp. 464
Working with Microsoft FrontPagep. 464
Working with Adobe Photoshopp. 465
What to Take Awayp. 470
Mastery Checkp. 472
Part 3 Appendixes
A Answers to Mastery Checksp. 477
Module 1 An Introduction to Fireworks MXp. 478
Module 2 Creating Original Artwork with Vectorsp. 479
Module 3 Working with Bitmap Imagesp. 480
Module 4 Working with Text and Text Effectsp. 482
Module 5 Exploring Strokes, Fills, and Effectsp. 483
Module 6 Creating and Organizing Complex Graphicsp. 484
Module 7 Tools for Creating Consistent Contentp. 485
Module 8 Creating Animated Filesp. 486
Module 9 Creative Tips for Getting the Most Out of Fireworksp. 488
Module 10 Optimizing and Exporting Filesp. 489
Module 11 Creating Image Maps and Buttonsp. 490
Module 12 Creating Advanced Navigational Elementsp. 492
Module 13 Integrating Fireworks with Dreamweaverp. 493
Module 14 Integrating Fireworks with Other Applicationsp. 495
B Working with Fireworks Extensionsp. 497
Working with Included Extensionsp. 498
Add Arrowheads Extensionp. 498
Add Picture Frame Extensionp. 499
Fade Image Extensionp. 500
Twist and Fade Extensionp. 501
Resize Selected Objects Extensionp. 503
Align Extensionp. 503
Additional Extensionsp. 506
Managing Extensionsp. 507
Glossaryp. 509
Indexp. 517