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Macromedia® Fireworks® 8: Training from the Source

Book Description

If you learn best by doing, and what you’re intent on doing is create stunning Web graphics with Macromedia Fireworks 8, this is the place to turn. The best-selling tutorial book on Fireworks has been completely updated to get you hands-on fast with all of the program’s most important features, including its newest: additional blend modes, support for special characters and AutoShape properties, workflow improvements, and more. Through project-based lessons that equal 16 to 20 hours of instruction, you’ll cover the entire process of creating Web graphics with Fireworks 8—from creating images to optimizing and exporting them. Simple step-by-step instructions, loads of screen shots, and a CD with media files and a trial version of the program will have you creating rollovers, pop-ups, and more in no time. Whether you’re new to the world of Fireworks graphics or a veteran user eager to tap the power of the latest version, you’ll find the trusted, Macromedia-certified instruction you need in these pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Introduction
    1. Outline
    2. Standard Elements
    3. File Structure
    4. Macromedia Training from the Source
    5. Macromedia Authorized Training and Certification
    6. What You Will Learn
    7. Minimum System Requirements
      1. Windows
      2. Macintosh
  3. 1. Bitmap Editing
    1. What You Will Learn
    2. Approximate Time
    3. Lesson Files
    4. Exploring The Fireworks Tools Panel
    5. The Start Page
    6. Floating And Docked Panel Groups
    7. The Property Inspector
    8. Editing Bitmap Objects
    9. Changing the View Magnification
    10. Changing the Canvas Color
    11. Using the Crop Tool
    12. Using the Info Panel
    13. Using the Magic Wand Tool
    14. Saving the Selection
    15. Adjusting Levels
    16. Viewing the Gamma Setting
    17. Using the Lasso And Polygon Lasso Tools
    18. Adding And Subtracting Selections
    19. Creating a New Document
    20. Scaling the Image
    21. Changing the Image Size
    22. Copying the Selection
    23. On Your Own
    24. Using the Rubber Stamp Tool
    25. Using the Smudge Tool
    26. Using the Eraser Tool
    27. Using the Red Eye Removal Tool
    28. Using the Marquee Tools
    29. Moving a Selection
    30. Additional Selection Options
    31. What You Have Learned
  4. 2. Using the Vector Tools
    1. What You Will Learn
    2. Approximate Time
    3. Lesson Files
    4. Displaying Rulers and Guides
    5. Using the Ellipse Tool
    6. Using the Rectangle Tool
    7. Using the Polygon Tool
    8. Using the Scale Tool
    9. Making a Copy
    10. Rotating an Object
    11. Using the History panel
    12. Masking with Paste Inside
    13. On Your Own
    14. Adding Live Filters
    15. Applying Filters as Live Filters
    16. Saving as a Style
    17. Grouping objects
    18. Importing Graphics
    19. Trimming the Canvas
    20. What You Have Learned
  5. 3. Working with Layers
    1. What You Will Learn
    2. Approximate Time
    3. Lesson Files
    4. Using the Layers Panel
    5. Adding and Naming Layers
    6. Adjusting the Size and Placement of an Object
    7. Renaming a Layer
    8. Locking a Layer
    9. Showing and Hiding a Layer
    10. Picking Colors
    11. Drawing Rounded Rectangles
    12. Using Auto Shapes
    13. Adding Texture and a Drop Shadow
    14. Changing the Stacking Order on a Layer
    15. Using Single-Layer Editing
    16. On Your Own
    17. Setting the Default Colors
    18. Aligning Objects
    19. What You Have Learned
  6. 4. Adding Text
    1. What You Will Learn
    2. Approximate Time
    3. Lesson Files
    4. Adding Text
    5. Aligning and Indenting Text
    6. Checking Your Spelling
    7. Importing Text
    8. Using the Text Editor
    9. Using the Line Tool
    10. Using the Subselection Tool
    11. Using Paste Attributes
    12. Adding Arrowheads
    13. What You Have Learned
  7. 5. Advanced Techniques
    1. What You Will Learn
    2. Approximate Time
    3. Lesson Files
    4. Combining Shapes
    5. Duplicating Objects with the Repeat Command
    6. On Your Own
    7. Creating a CD
    8. Adding a Gradient
    9. Changing the Opacity
    10. Adding Text Along a Path
    11. Using the Intersect and Crop Commands
    12. Converting Text to Paths
    13. Applying Transformations
    14. On Your Own
    15. What You Have Learned
  8. 6. Creating Buttons
    1. What You Will Learn
    2. Approximate Time
    3. Lesson Files
    4. Using the Button Editor
    5. Adding a New Button
    6. Changing Your Buttons
    7. Adding a Name and a Link to Buttons
    8. Importing Your Buttons
    9. Changing Graphics to Buttons
    10. What You Have Learned
  9. 7. Creating Slices and Hotspots
    1. What You Will Learn
    2. Approximate Time
    3. Lesson Files
    4. Creating an Image Map
    5. Working with The Web Layer
    6. Slicing an Image
    7. Adding a Slice
    8. Creating Disjointed Rollovers
    9. Adding Frames
    10. Adding a Behavior
    11. Viewing Full Screen
    12. Adding More Slices
    13. On Your Own
    14. What You Have Learned
  10. 8. Optimizing and Exporting
    1. What You Will Learn
    2. Approximate Time
    3. Lesson Files
    4. Using the Export Wizard
    5. On Your Own
    6. Choosing the Image Format
    7. Using the 4-Up Preview Button
    8. Using Preset Optimization Settings
    9. Exporting JPEG Images
    10. Previewing in the Browser
    11. Exporting as HTML
    12. Using the Quick Export Button
    13. What You Have Learned
  11. 9. Creating GIF Animations
    1. What You Will Learn
    2. Approximate Time
    3. Lesson Files
    4. Creating an Animation
    5. Using Onion Skinning
    6. Sharing a Layer
    7. Using Animation Symbols
    8. Controlling Playback
    9. Exporting a GIF Animation
    10. Using the Image Preview with Animations
    11. Applying Tweening
    12. Tweening Effects
    13. What You Have Learned
  12. 10. Masking and Pop-up Menus
    1. What You Will Learn
    2. Approximate Time
    3. Lesson Files
    4. Creating a Template
    5. Masking an Image
    6. Masking Using the Layers Panel
    7. Using Text as a Mask
    8. On Your Own
    9. Creating a Text Slice
    10. Adding a Pop-up Menu
    11. Editing a Pop-up Menu
    12. On Your Own
    13. Performing Batch Processing
    14. Saving Your Scripts
    15. What You Have Learned
  13. 11. Integrating with Dreamweaver 8
    1. What You Will Learn
    2. Approximate Time
    3. Lesson Files
    4. Fireworks and Dreamweaver
    5. Exporting your Pages for Dreamweaver
    6. Creating a Local Site in Dreamweaver
    7. Viewing Your Pages in Dreamweaver
    8. Setting Dreamweaver Preferences
    9. Viewing the Page in the Browser
    10. Adding Links
    11. Optimizing in Fireworks
    12. Editing in Fireworks from Dreamweaver
    13. Creating a Template in Dreamweaver
    14. Creating a Template-based Page
    15. Adding Text in Dreamweaver
    16. Import from Word
    17. On Your Own
    18. Modifying a Template
    19. Applying a Template to a Page
    20. Moving Files on the Files Panel
    21. Editing the Fireworks Pop-up Menu
    22. Conclusion
    23. What You Have Learned
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