Learn how to create pictures in the shape of objects you create using the paste Inside technique in Fireworks

This tutorial demonstration is in Fireworks MX 2004. However, it can also be done in previous versions of Fireworks

The one great design idea that I love in Fireworks is the Paste Inside command. Instead of cutting an image in a desired shape you can simply create the shape and paste the image inside it. It is very easy to paste pictures inside a star, spiral, donut, arrow, circle, square or a pie as these are in-built shapes that are automatically available in Fireworks MX 2004.

Alternatively, you can create a complex shape and insert a picture inside it. In this tutorial we will learn how to create pictures in certain shapes that are already available in Fireworks MX 2004. Examples are given below.

Steps to Follow

  1. Open a blank document in Fireworks MX 2004.
  2. The first step is to create the object. We will select the spiral tool for this tutorial. Select the spiral tool from the shape tool in the left tool bar. If you are working in Fireworks, you can select the circle or square tool.
  3. Draw a spiral in the document by clicking and dragging the spiral tool. Example given below.

  4. Next, you need to place the picture of your choice behind the spiral. Example given below.

  5. The last and final step is to paste the picture inside the spiral shape. To do this you need to cut the picture by selecting the picture and then clicking on Edit/Cut. Next, choose the spiral and click on Edit/Paste Inside. There, you have got the picture pasted inside the spiral. The final effect is given below.

You can use this technique for any shape you create or any of the shapes that are already available in Fireworks.

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