Web Design 1Author: Mike Amante
24 Mar 2017

Web Design 1

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This podcast features live screencasted lessons in the use of Fireworks and Dreamweaver as part of the Web Design 1 class at New Hartford High School in New Hartford, NY, USA. Skills taught here specific for students enrolled in the class but anyone is free to subscribe and learn how to make great looking web graphics and websites!

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    Creating Curved Text & More Vector Image Masking Techniques

    In the first part of this lesson, students learn how to add vector text to a circle or curved path in Fireworks. This type of text is common for logos, banner graphics, and similar web page elements. Students learn how attach text to various paths and then manipulate that text using the Property inspector as well as the Text menu commands of Fireworks. In the second part of this lesson, students first review the basic methods of masking images with a Fireworks project such as using Paste Inside command to mask an image inside of a vector shape such as a circle. They then learn how to make a vector graphic mask using a gradient vector shape and the Group as Mask command. In the final part of the lesson, students have a chance to put all of these techniques into practice and see how they can be used together to create a simple logo using both curved text and vector masked imagery.

  • Posted on 21 Mar 2017

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    Using Gradients, Patterns, & Filters in Fireworks

    During this lesson, students learn how to apply gradients and patterns to their vector graphics to give them a custom look as well as more depth and realism. They also learn how these can be saved as custom Styles so they can be used over and over again easily. Finally, they learn about Filters such as drop shadows that can give their vector drawings more depth and a polished look rather than opaque and flat in their rough drawn format.

  • Posted on 07 Mar 2017

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    Using the Pen Tool

    This lesson demonstrates use of the Pen tool in Fireworks for creating irregularly shaped vector objects. Use of this tool will be necessary for many drawing tasks in the web design process, especially for students who have an immediate need to create complex shapes as part of their current MP3 player skin project.

  • Posted on 27 Feb 2017

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    Using Combine Path Commands in Fireworks

    During this quick lesson, students learn some new skills using the vector drawing tools that they will need to apply in their MP3 skin project. First, they also learn how to use and manipulate Smart Shapes in their vector drawing projects. Second and perhaps more importantly, students learn how to use the Modify > Combine commands to create complex shapes from simple primitive vector objects.

  • Posted on 27 Feb 2017

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    Fine Tune Bitmap Editing

    During this lesson, students receive brief instruction on image enhancement techniques to retouch images. Concepts such as how to lighten and darken areas of a photograph using the Burn and Dodge tools as well use of the Blur, Sharpen, Smudge, and Rubber Stamp tools are discussed.

  • Posted on 08 Feb 2017

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