Fireworks (R) MX: The Complete Reference Paperback – 29 Jul 2002
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From the Back Cover
The Most Comprehensive Fireworks Resource Available
Create and optimize interactive graphics for Web designs with help from this essential resource. "Fireworks MX: The Complete Reference explains how to use the program's professional-quality bitmap- and vector-editing features, take advantage of the automated animation capabilities, and create your own frame-by-frame animation. Find out how to develop complex Web navigation, export images, and integrate Fireworks MX with other applications, including Macromedia Dreamweaver. This is a must-have volume on the latest release of this revolutionary graphics toolset.Navigate the user interface--dock and undock panels, display the grid, and create guides Customize the workspace and keyboard shortcuts to suit your preferences Create a document for use in a Web site or as a standalone Web page Import vector graphics or create your own with the Fireworks drawing tools Add bitmap images and optimize them for the Web or an output device Create text objects using the Property inspector and Text Editor Create solid color fills, gradients, Web dither fills, and pattern fills Streamline your workflow by creating reusable artwork Add special effects and interactive elements to your designs Create animations frame-by-frame or by tweening symbol instances
About the Author
Doug Sahlin (Lakeland, FL) is an author, graphic designer, and Web site designer. He is the author of numerous books, inclusing Osborne's Flash 5 Virtual Classroom and How to Do Everything with Adobe Acrobat. Doug has developed and authored an online Flash course and is the author of numerous magazine articles, product reviews, and Web site tutorials that cover image editing and Web design software.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
One example of how useful the Complete Reference is - I was creating an animated banner so I went to Chapter 19: Creating Animated Banners. I then learned two important facts that helped me save a lot of time in the long run. First, I learned that I have to be careful about managing the file size when I am working with animated banners (there was a lot of useful information on how to do this) and second, I learned how to create Fireworks MX templates for animated banners! These templates can be used over and over to create a variety of animated banners saving you a lot of time. After reading this chapter, I felt very confident of the design and implementation aspects of creating animated banners. But when it was time to actually create the animated banner, I couldn't find any step by step instructions on how to do it! This is where I switched over to the other book and followed the step by step instructions found in Chapter 8: Animation Techniques.
Bottom line - it is an unfortunate fact that there aren't that many good books on using Fireworks MX so you are stuck picking 2-3 books and working with them. The Complete Reference is a good book for the theory and some valuable design tips but you need another book that is focused on the practical aspects.
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