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This self-paced guide to Adobe Fireworks CS4 is ideal for beginning users who want to learn key Fireworks concepts and techniques, while readers who already have some experience with Fireworks can use this book to learn Fireworks CS4's more advanced features and newest tools. Using step-by-step, project-based lessons, each chapter walks readers through the creation of a specific project, with successive chapters building on the reader's growing knowledge of the program.
With Fireworks CS4, users can collaborate with other Adobe Creative Suite applications to design and mockup basic Web pages or interfaces for rich Internet applications. Demo a design live for a client, or export the design as an interactive PDF and email it to them. Fireworks sports a new user interface, shared in common with other applications in Creative Suite 4. Export complete Web page designs as web standards-compliant CSS-based layouts, or as PDF
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent as Expected,
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This review is from: Adobe Fireworks CS4 Classroom in a Book (Paperback)The Adobe Classroom in a Book series is, as one would expect, a dependable source of basic instruction on the fundamentals of a given software title. The Fireworks title is no different: eleven lessons that move from the most basic functions, to progressively more complex. Fireworks is, in my view, an undeservedly poor cousin of powerhouses Photoshop and Illustrator. The program is incredibly useful for preparing client comps and on-screen images. As a new Fireworks user, I have become a real fan of the program, and the CIB book was a very good introduction. The included CD features all the working files needed to complete the lessons, as well as two bonus chapters/lessons. If you learn best in a tutorial environment, where practice is emphasized rather than theory, you can't go wrong with this one.
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Basic guide to Fireworks cs4,
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This review is from: Adobe Fireworks CS4 Classroom in a Book (Paperback)No book can make one creative and certainly this book does not intend to do so. It is a quick guide to the "how to?" of the basics of Fireworks. It is a step by step guide of the most important
tasks that needs doing using bitmap art. There are not many books written on Fireworks CS4, which makes this book a "no alternative, but to have". Using the know-how it gives, and combining
it with your own creativeness, you will get far, Especially if one is designing artwork for the Web, this book is will assist you in understanding how to optimize your files.
I recommend this book for absolute beginners in the use of the software. You follow the lessons and you'll be able to drive around Fireworks CS4 quite comfortably. Good luck!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Work through this book and you will know Fireworks,
This review is from: Adobe Fireworks CS4 Classroom in a Book (Paperback)I have enjoyed the Adobe Classroom in a Book/Macromedia Training From The Source and Lynda Weinman Hands-On Training books for years now. With the Lynda series migrating to by-subscription Online Training, the Classroom in a Book series is THE place for those who want to learn programs in Creative Suite CS4 and enjoy reading books as opposed to online tutorials. This particular entry in that series is really great. Is is not overly verbose, yet introduces so many Fireworks concepts and techniques that it covers more than way fatter books. The pages are in color, which is nice, and the lesson files work well. I agree with the other reviewer that has issues with the PDFs, but they are just bonus lessons. I highly recommend this title.
About Classroom in a Book
Lesson 1. Getting to Know the Workspace
Lesson 2. Working with Bitmap Images
Lesson 3. Working with Selections
Lesson 4. Working with Vector objects
Lesson 5. Working with the Layers, States and Pages Panels
Lesson 6. Masking
Lesson 7. Working with Text
Lesson 8. Using Symbols in Fireworks
Lesson 9. Optimizing for the Web
Lesson 10. Advanced Prototyping
Lesson 11 Exporting Options and Application Integration
Lesson 12. Improving your workflow
Lesson 13. Animating in Fireworks
Lesson 14. Creative and Corrective Techniques
General note for Adobe Fireworks CS4 Classroom in a Book users:
To import a graphic in Fireworks CS4 while using Windows, only a single click is needed for the import function to complete itself. But if you’re on a Mac, you’ll need to click once to bring the canvas "back in focus" and then click a second time before the import can be completed.
On the Production Notes page, we inadvertently stated that all art in this book was produced using Adobe Photoshop. That is incorrect, the art was produced using both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Fireworks.
On page 187, Step 5 should read:
In lesson 8 on page 192, Step 3 should read:
Select the banner_watch slice. In the Property inspector, notice that the Type field says Background Image.
Lesson 12 PDF on the companion disc, page S-2:
"Creating a custom command" is listed at the beginning of this lesson as a learning objective, but it is not specifically covered in this chapter. Instead, we walk you through customizing the commands used during the Batch Process exercise. In the final screen for the Batch Process Wizard, you have the option to Save Script which would add the customized batch process to the Fireworks Commands menu as a custom command. In many cases, custom commands are created by selecting a series of steps in the History panel and choosing Save steps as a Command.
Lesson 13 PDF on the companion disc, pages S-40 to S-47:
The instructions on these pages have been revised. Since the addition of new text resulted in repagination of the chapter, we have posted a complete revised lesson 13 PDF for you to download.
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