Fireworks CS4

Fireworks CS4


Total Run Time: 4 hrs

Total Training for Adobe Fireworks CS4 introduces you to Adobe's web graphic development program, Fireworks. After watching this training, you'll know how to create vector graphics, layouts and interactive buttons for a website.


  1. Learn how to edit and touch-up photos
  2. Find out how to create and manipulate vector graphics
  3. Discover best practices for organizing and designing using layers
  4. See how easy adding and formatting text can be
  5. Learn how to create slices and hotspots for web optimization and interactivity


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In this Fireworks CS4 series, you’ll also learn about the interface, and unlock the flexible features that allow you to edit bitmap images, apply automated Commands, and optimize images for the Web. In addition, you’ll explore the more dynamic Web features, including creating slices, linking hotspots, animating states, and more. This series is just what you need to get up to speed quickly on everything Fireworks has to offer!

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Course outline

Chapter 1: GETTING STARTED (34 min)

  1. Creating a New Document & Modifying the Workspace
  2. Exploring the Tools Panel
  3. Exploring the Properties Panel & Preferences
  4. Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
  5. Zooming In & Out
  6. Modifying Canvas Properties
  7. Accessing Fireworks Help & Support
Chapter 2: WORKING WITH BITMAPS (27 min)

  1. Importing & Cropping
  2. Making Selections
  3. Adjusting Color
  4. Using the Rubber Stamp Tool
  5. Using the Blur Tool & History Panel
  6. Transforming & Positioning an Image
Chapter 3: CREATING VECTOR IMAGES (23 min)

  1. Using Rulers, Guides & Grids
  2. Selecting Colors & Swatches
  3. Drawing a Shape & Adding a Gradient
  4. Using the Ellipse Tool
  5. Using the Freeform & Subselection Tools to Distort Shapes
  6. Using the Line Tool & Applying Patterns & Textures
  7. Applying Filters & Working with Styles
Chapter 4: WORKING WITH TEXT (15 min)

  1. Creating & Formatting Text
  2. Using Placeholder Text & Importing Text
  3. Using the Find and Replace & Check Spelling Commands
Chapter 5: WORKING WITH LAYERS (20 min)

  1. Introducing the Layers Panel
  2. Adding & Deleting Layers & Sub Layers
  3. Showing, Hiding & Locking Layers
  4. Renaming, Organizing & Changing Stacking Order
  5. Single Layer Editing & Flattening Layers

  1. Combining Paths
  2. Changing Opacity & Blend Modes
  3. Creating & Applying Commands
  4. Attaching Text to a Path

  1. Using Rulers to Determine Button Size
  2. Creating & Aligning a Button
  3. Stylizing a Button
  4. Setting Button States
  5. Creating Multiple Buttons
  6. Naming, Linking & Testing Buttons
Chapter 8: CREATING SLICES & HOTSPOTS (17 min)

  1. Creating a Hotspot
  2. Naming & Linking Hotspots
  3. Inserting Slices Based on Selections
  4. Using the Slice Tools, Testing & Previewing
Chapter 9: OPTIMIZING FOR EXPORT (30 min)

  1. Introducing the Optimize Panel
  2. Choosing a File Format & Settings
  3. Comparing JPEG Optimization Settings
  4. Optimizing a GIF & Saving a Preset
  5. Exporting Your File & Viewing It in Dreamweaver®
Chapter 10: CREATING GIF ANIMATIONS (20 min)

  1. Intro to Animation & the States Panel
  2. Using the Share Layer To States & Animate Selection Commands
  3. Symbols, Adding a Still Text State & Onion Skinning
  4. Frame-by-Frame Animation
  5. Adjusting the Timing, Looping & Exporting

  1. Using Library Items in Dreamweaver
  2. Exporting a SWF & Editing It in Flash®
  3. Editing Layers in Photoshop®
  4. Editing Vector Graphics in Illustrator®
  5. Credits

Presenter Info

Sean McKnight has been a multimedia teacher for nearly 12 years. Beside working as a software trainer, he also runs a video production company and is a filmmaker. His experience includes working as a web master in addition to doing work as a professional video production expert and 2D animator. During his experience working as a software trainer, he’s also worked as a contributing writer to a number of software books and has lectured at numerous conferences around the United States as well as at some of the country’s largest Fortune 500 companies.