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Getting good quality text in a JPEG file has long been a concern for many designers. Fortunately for us, Fireworks MX and higher versions have a very useful feature to help with this called the Selective Quality. In Fireworks MX 2004 and higher, we also have the ability to adjust and c...
In this tutorial, you will learn how to build a completely functional pop-up menu using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) without knowing how to write any code at all! Below is an example of such a menu;
I've lately seen a few posts on the Adobe forums and here on CMX about batch processing in Fireworks. Considering the Fireworks 8 Batch Processing utility had some noteworthy revisions, I thought it would be a good idea to go over the wizard in detail. Streamlined and enhanced file ren...
Those of you who follow the Fireworks forum postings will probably recognize my name. I suppose I may have gotten a reputation as a crusader who opposes the use of the original Fireworks Pop-Up Menu as implemented in Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 and earlier. I'm here to tell you that y...
When it comes to designing and optimizing web graphics, it doesn't get much better than Macromedia Fireworks - given its available tools and workflow. However, Fireworks is not necessarily limited to the tools that come with it in the default installation. You can modify the interface ...
As with almost any program you work with, there are going to be things you wish you could change, add, improve, or remove. It might be a feature you are used to from another program, or one you have devised on your own. 'If only I could run to the developers and tell them my great idea...
A recently received a letter from a reader asking if I knew of any plug-in programs to create text effects in Fireworks MX. The reader seemed a bit surprised when I wrote back and told them that Fireworks already had the tools to get the job done. 'Where is the button?' they asked. Man...
Until the introduction of Macromedia Fireworks in 1998, no single application had been dedicated to creating, optimizing, and exporting web graphics. Instead, we had to use several applications which did not play well together.
Sailing, sailing over the bounding sea... Or in our case, inside a wine glass. We've all seen the ship-in-a-bottle knick-knack. Well, I'm here to show you how to set a sailboat afloat in a wine glass, using Fireworks MX or MX 2004, vector AND bitmap masks. Heave ho, matey, and don't fo...
Have you ever wondered what to do with all those web site design comps - even the ones the clients rejected? Are you looking for new ideas and ways to use your design skills with Fireworks? It's time to break free of the browser and HTML restrictions, unleash your creativity, and let...
In last month's article I led off with the same quotation from Yeats. At the risk of seeming culturally challenged, I'll lead off with it again for the second treatment of how masks function in Fireworks, simply because it is so apt.
What do 'fantastic,' 'fabulous,' and 'fun' have in common? All three of these words describe the creative work you can do with Flash, Fireworks, and FreeHand. The Macromedia MX2004 Studio 'Fab Three' together give you the tools to create art and animations for the web and other media. ...
It is not so much what is behind the mask that matters - just as Yeats so famously describes - as is what is revealed. This is certainly true of graphical masking techniques in general, and particularly in the case of Fireworks masks where you have so many options for hiding and reveal...
In 'Let It Snow, Man' (MXDJ Vol. 2, issue 12), I used Fireworks to create all the essential ingredients for our frozen friend. We then exported the pieces using Export as CSS Layers. This gave us a starting HTML page (generated by Fireworks) and all of our graphics in absolutely positi...
These days it's a slippery slope we wander between graphics for onscreen viewing and graphics designed for printing. Depending on your own background, you may be more prepared for one application than the other. Working with FreeHand and Fireworks can be slightly daunting, but immensel...
Well, there's a chill in the air. The leaves have fallen, the wind is brisker, and sometimes, even in early November, there's that 'scent of snow' in the air. In the lead-up to the holiday season, I have created a two-part series that uses both Fireworks and Dreamweaver. The end result...
As a writer and a trainer, I am frequently asked how to make the popular curved navigation graphic. You know the one, top banner area, side bar with an inside curve (see Figure 1). Using Fireworks you'll be amazed at how simple this can be. You'll learn how to make the curve in two dif...
A lot of tasks required to develop a Web site are repetitious and tedious. Have you ever had a folder full of images that you needed to add a border to? Or perhaps you want to reduce the size of every image. You'll probably even need to optimize each image as well. Well you can do all ...
Users in most U.S. urban areas enjoy all kinds of options for high-speed connections, but most rural areas don't yet have that option, nor do a lot of other countries. You should keep in mind that the larger the file or combination of files on a Web page, the longer it takes to load.
It ever ceases to amaze me, whenever I am speaking at a conference or hanging out with the 'Flashies' at various user groups, to hear them tell me how they create their really 'cool' buttons in that behemoth from a company named after a building material. When I ask them if they have t...
I have to begin this month's article with a confession. Each year, because of my articles and books, software publishers send me piles of free software with the hope that I will do an article about their product. I use the software and then, at some point, start feeling guilty. So, in ...
The value of any piece of software is in how much time and effort it can save you. What good is the software if it is not going to increase productivity and efficiency? In several of my past articles, I have examined ways of automating common or repetitive processes. To that end, I am ...
I often receive photographs from readers asking me what went wrong. The picture files are too large or of poor quality. This month, we're going to look at some ways of improving your quality both within, and outside of, Fireworks MX.
OK, Fireworks class, let's see a show of hands: How many people understand how to really use the color tools in Fireworks MX? About 80% of you! Now, how many people understand the hexadecimal code behind colors? Hmmm....about 50%! Now, how many understand the mathematics behind blend m...
I recently received a letter from a reader asking if I knew of any plug-in programs to create text effects in Fireworks MX. The reader seemed a bit surprised when I wrote back and told them that Fireworks already had the tools to get the job done.
When you want to make an image available on the Web, there are two important constraints. It needs to look its best and it must download fast. Those two rarely, if ever, go together. Better image quality means a larger file size, which translates to longer download times.
In this tutorial, we're going to examine some aspects of creating a navigation bar in Fireworks MX. We will create three buttons for our small navigation bar, and then we will instruct Fireworks to write the JavaScript code necessary to create rollover effects for the buttons. In the e...
Masking fuzzy or irregular edges is typically a slow, painstaking procedure of hand selection with the Polygon Lasso tool, or if you prefer a vector mask, the Pen tool. Plugins that automate the process (e.g., Extensis Mask Pro, Corel Knock Out) are expensive for one-trick ponies. And ...
Macromedia Studio MX includes a number of relatively unheralded gems. Perhaps it's because Macromedia hasn't hyped these features enough, or maybe users spend so much time focusing on a particular tool that they have simply overlooked or ignored how the other pieces of Studio MX actual...


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