Fireworks Tips and Tutorials
Tips and tutorials on swap images, rollovers, image effects and lots of cool stuff!
As professional web designers we use Macromedia Fireworks to design
web site layouts, logos, icons and innovative graphics. Fireworks
makes it easy to design animated gifs, rollovers, swap images and
other cool stuff. Take a look at some of the tips we've shared below
and don't miss our step-by-step tutorials on creating swap
images and more.
tips and tricks on Macromedia Fireworks
- Rollover Images
Rollover images add a fun element to a site. Creating rollovers
is extremely easy using fireworks so make sure you make some unique
rollover buttons in your site. Trust me, users love creative rollovers.
how its done.
- Swap Images
This is a great tip so don't miss it - I couldn't believe
how easy it was to create swap images in Fireworks and Boy! did
the end result look neat! Here's
a site we designed for one of our clients using swaps. Swap
images add a touch of interactivity as users wait to see what's
going to happen when they rollover a link or image. It also makes
a site interesting and looks very professional.
here to find out how to create swap images in Fireworks.
- Paste Inside
Here's another cool feature in fireworks. Have you ever wanted
a picture to be in a particular shape - say a circle or a rectangle
with curved edges. Well! With Fireworks that's extremely easy
to do. All you need to do is follow these three simple steps:
Make the shape that you want using the ordinary shape tools
found in your toolbar (e.g. circle, rectangle etc.)
Place the photograph or image where you want it (within
- Select the image and cut it (Cntrl +X)
- Then select the shape and click on Edit>Paste Inside
- The picture is now placed within the shape. If you want
to move the picture within the shape, click on the white arrow
in the toolbar and select the picture. Now you can move the
image within the shape to get the perfect position. The image
and the shape is now an object. If you select the object with
the usual select tool, you can add cool effects like an inner
bevel or a drop shadow. Play around with it and you can get
some really professional looking graphics. You can also paste
multiple images within a given shape.
- Rounded Edges/Curves
|To get a curved edge for a square or a rectangle
all you need to do is double click on the square
tool and enter a number for the curved edge in the options
palette. 0 would be for no curve and 100 would give you
Have you ever wanted only a part of a photograph? And have you
tried to cut it only to get a very jagged edge and a terrible
finish. Well! There's a great property in Fireworks called 'Feather'
that you can use to get soft edges and a clean finish to images
that you edit.
here to find out how its done.
PhotoOptics is another cool tip on photo editing. You can
adjust the brightness, color, contrast and more, using this
feature. All you need to do is, select the image, go to
XTras > PhotoOptics and play around with the options
- Animated Gifs
Creating animated gifs is easy and fun using Fireworks.
here to see how its done
This is a great way of using pictures to make collages. By reducing
the opacity of a photograph you can blend many images together
to design great looking collages. Here's
what we designed for one of our clients. Take a look at the
header. We designed it using feathering
and different percentages of opacity to give it look of a collage.
Use the Fireworks Effects palette to make your graphics look
professional. Try out the drop shadow, inner bevel, outer bevel
and glow. They usually add a touch of something different. At
the same time let me say this - simple designs are usually the
best (but there's no harm in trying out different effects to
see what looks best!)
Take a look at some
of the sites we've designed for our clients using swaps, rollovers,
effects and more. Don't forget to check out our Dreamweaver
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