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Adobe Fireworks CS5 Tutorial

Adobe Fireworks CS5 is a versatile image-editing program specifically designed for creating, editing, and optimizing web graphics. In this course, author James Gonzalez applies his many years of Fireworks teaching experience to provide a comprehensive review of the software's many features and capabilities. Covered topics include: creating/editing bitmap and vector images, working with text, creating image effects, creating slideshows, animations, and interactive menus, optimizing graphics for the web, exporting web pages, mobile device prototypes, CSS-based layouts, and much, much more! Work files are included. To begin learning Adobe Fireworks CS5 today, simply click on one of the movie links below.

Getting Started

About the Course
What is Fireworks?
New Features in CS5
Integration with Device Central

The Fireworks Workspace

Workspace Overview
Tools Panel & Properties Inspector
Fireworks Panels pt. 1
Fireworks Panels pt. 2
Vector & Bitmap Graphics
Opening / Importing / Dragging Files
Saving Fireworks Files

Creating Vector Graphics

Working with Vector Objects
Drawing Auto Shapes
Drawing Rectangles
Drawing Free-Form Shapes
Editing Free-Form Shapes
Editing Paths Using the Path Panel

Creating Bitmap Graphics

Working with Bitmap Graphics
Photo Editing Tools
Creating New Bitmap Objects
Retouching Bitmaps
Using Live Filters
Survey of Important Filters
Adjusting Tonal Ranges
Adjusting Hue / Saturation / Contrast

Working with Objects

Selecting Objects
Selecting Pixels
Transform Objects
Grouping & Stacking Objects
Aligning Objects

Working with Text

Text Overview
Formatting Text pt. 1
Formatting Text pt. 2
Attaching Text to a Path
Transforming Text
Importing Text
Spell Checking

Pages / Layers / Masks

Working with Pages
Working with Master Pages
Exporting Pages to HTML
Working with Layers
Image Masking Overview
Creating Bitmap Masks
Creating Vector Masks
Editing Masks

Hotspots / Slices / Behaviors

Slices & Hotspots Overview
Using Hot Spots to Create Image Maps
Creating Rectangular Slices
Creating Polygonal Slices
Adding Drag-and-Drop Rollovers to Slices
Adding Interactivity with Behaviors
Set Nav Bar Image Behavior
Set Pop-Up Menu Behavior pt. 1
Set Pop-Up Menu Behavior pt. 2
Using Hotspots on Top of Slices
Naming Slices
Auto-Naming Slices
Defining How Tables Are Exported

Buttons & Menus

Button Symbols Overview
Fireworks Symbols
Using the Button Editor
Using 9-Slice Scaling
Creating 2 / 3 / 4-State Buttons
Using Buttons from the Import Library

Creating Slideshows & Animations

Slideshows & Animations Overview
Creating a Slideshow pt. 1
Creating a Slideshow pt. 2
Creating Symbol Animations
Symbol Animation Settings
Creating Frame Tweening Animations
Preparing Animations for Export

Optimizing Images

Optimizing Images Overview
Optimizing Images in the Workspace
Optimization Presets & Custom Settings
Optimizing GIF & PNG Files
Optimizing JPEG Files
Selective JPEG Compression


Export vs. Export Wizard Commands
Setting Slice Export Controls
HTML Export Options pt. 1
HTML Export Options pt. 2
Defining How HTML Tables Export
Setting Slice Auto-Naming Options
Creating & Exporting CSS Layouts
Tips for Creating CSS-Based Layouts
Prototyping Flex Applications
Prototyping Air Applications pt. 1
Prototyping Air Applications pt. 2

Working with Other Applications

Working with Dreamweaver
Fireworks & Dreamweaver Roundtrip HTML
Using Behaviors in Dreamweaver
Placing Fireworks Images in Flash
Working with Photoshop Files
Working with Illustrator Files

Wrap Up



About the Author

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