Adobe Fireworks CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques

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Pearson Education, Apr 9, 2010 - Computers - 224 pages
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Adobe Fireworks CS4 is back and better than ever. Completely revamped for inclusion in the Adobe Creative Suite, Fireworks is now positioned to be an integral part of Adobe's Web workflow. Designed for manipulating images destined for the Web and developing rapid Web prototypes, Fireworks lets Web designers go from scribbled concept to online framework. Fireworks CS4 has been given new life, so new in fact that a whole new generation of Web designers needs to become acquainted with it. Adobe Fireworks CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques gives users quick access to the key features and fundamental techniques to help them come up to speed in Adobe Fireworks CS4. Each technique is presented in a self-contained unit of one or two pages so users can dive in and start working right away, unencumbered by lengthy descriptions or technical detail. Adobe Fireworks CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques will be one of the first books available on this software.
 

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Contents

Optimize Panel and Preview Views
Creating Slices Manually with the Slice Tool
Working with Image Preview
Using the Export Area Tool
Creating an Interactive Prototype
Working with Type 52 Text Basics
Using Type as a Mask
Adding Text to a Path

Document Previews
Customizing the Panel Group
Panel Group Management
Customizing the Workspace
Modifying Tool Attributes
The Joy of Multiple Undo
Graphics Boot Camp 14 Opening Files with Adobe Bridge
Importing Files
Opening Photoshop Files
Opening Adobe Illustrator Files
Zen and the Art of Saving Files
Exporting a Single File
Using the Image Preview Dialog
Using the Export Area Tool
Creating PDF files
Saving Photoshop Files
Working with Bitmap Images 24 Resizing Images
Improving Images with Levels Filters
Using Selection Tools to Alter Specific Areas
Retouching with the Rubber Stamp Tool
Masking One Image with Another
Creating a Bitmap Mask with a Selection
Staying on the Vector Path 30 Using Vector Tools
Using Shapes as Image Elements
Understanding the Transform Tools 33 Using the Transform Tools
Distortionfree Scaling with the 9Slice Scaling Tool
Creating a Custom Shape
Understanding the Pen Tool
Masking an Image with a Vector Shape
Using the Auto Vector Mask for Quick Fades
Working with Multiple Images 39 Name Your Objects
Using Guides for Alignment
Using the Align Panel
Grouping Images
The Big Picture on Web Graphics
Interactivity Using the Hotspot Tool
Sliced Images for Custom Optimization
Slice Images for Interactivity
Creating a Remote Rollover
Wrapping Text Around an Object
Setting Text Antialiasing
Exploring Creative Options 57 Creating Movement with Blur Filters
Live Filters for Ultimate Flexibility
Using Photoshop Live Effects
Working with Styles
Using Blend Modes
Converting Bitmap Selections to Paths
Converting Paths to Bitmap Selections
Working with Symbols 64 Creating Graphic Symbols
Creating Button Symbols
Creating Animation Symbols
Editing Symbols
Importing and Exporting Symbols
The Common Library
Adding Component Symbols to a Design
Editing a Component Symbol
Animation in Fireworks 72 Creating GIF Animations
Tweening Animation
Shape Tweening
Optimizing and Exporting Animated GIFs
Improving Production Workflow 76 Changing Application Views on the
Using the Kuler Panel
Naming Fireworks Elements
Adding Structure to Your Documents
Site PrototypingThe Basics
Designing Interfaces 81 Working with Pages
Duplicating Pages
Using Multiple Web Layers
Sharing Layers Across Pages
Creating HTML Mockups
Using Hotspots for Mockup Navigation
Sharing Web Layers
Previewing Your Mockup
Exporting an Interactive Mockup
Exporting a CSSbased Layout
Creating an AIR Prototype
Fitting Fireworks into the Design Workflow 92 Working with Metadata

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About the author (2010)

Jim Babbage teaches imaging, Web design, and photography in Toronto at Centennial College's Centre for Communication, Media, and Design and at Humber College's Digital Imaging Training Centre. He is also a creative partner/co-owner of NewMedia Services, a communications company. Jim is a frequent contributor of articles on Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and other general topics to the Web site www.communitymx.com and is a popular speaker at Adobe MAX and other conferences.

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