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Adobe Fireworks

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Adobe Fireworks is a two-day course that provides RIA/Web Designers/Graphic creators with the knowledge and hands-on practice needed to create rich web graphics. You will learn how to use tools in Fireworks to create and edit web graphics with both vector and bitmap images, work with layers, build buttons, components, symbols, slice images, and optimize and export graphics with CSS. Your instructor, Penny LaLiberte, is an Adobe Certified Instructor. She will not only teach your Fireworks but will take you into the world of using Fireworks in web development projects. You will learn best practices, tips and tricks and be on your way to web development with CSS as well as Fireworks.

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1 - The Workspace

    • Using the Tools Panel
    • Using the Property Selector
    • Configuring panels and panel groups
    • Working with multiple documents
    • Undoing steps
  • Lesson 2 - Working with Bitmap Images

    • Resolution and file size
    • Cropping an image
    • Managing images on the canvas
    • Importing images
    • Distortion-free bitmap scaling
    • Adjusting tonal range
    • Using the Align panel
    • Adjusting brightness with the Dodge and Burn tools
    • Applying the Unsharp Mask Live Filter
    • Repairing areas with the Rubber Stamp tool
  • Lesson 3 - Working with Selections

    • About selecting objects and selection tools
    • Selecting and modifying with the Magic Wand tool
    • Selecting with the lasso tools
    • Converting a selection path
  • Lesson 4 - Working with Vector Graphics

    • About vectors
    • Basic vector drawing techniques
    • Changing the appearance of basic vector shapes
    • Scaling vector objects
    • Adding text to your design
    • Working with Auto Shapes
    • Understanding paths and the Pen tool
    • Editing paths
    • Creating custom shapes
    • Customizing fills and strokes
  • Lesson 5 - The Layers Panel

    • About layers
    • Identifying objects
    • Naming objects
    • Rearranging objects within a layer
    • Adding and naming layers
    • Moving objects from one layer to another
    • Creating sub layers
    • Protecting Layers
  • Lesson 6 - Masking

    • About Masks
    • Designing the banner ad
    • Creating and editing masks
    • Final touches
  • Lesson 7 - Working with Text

    • Text Basics
    • Anti-aliasing
    • Special text effects
  • Lesson 8 - Optimizing for the Web

    • Optimization basics
    • Optimizing a single image file
    • Fireworks web tools
    • Creating and optimizing slices
    • Creating hotspots
    • Adding interactivity
    • Exporting composite designs
  • Lesson 9 - Using Symbols

    • What are symbols?
    • Graphic symbols
    • Button symbols
    • Animation symbols
  • Lesson 10 - Prototyping Basics

    • Exploring the Pages panel
    • Creating a page for a multipage mockup
    • Adding hotspots for interactivity
    • Creating a secure, interactive PDF
  • Lesson 11 - Advanced Prototyping

    • Prototype orientation
    • Image rollover effects
    • Emulating a Spry data table
    • Working with behaviors
    • Completing the prototype