7 Essential Adobe Fireworks Tips for Web Designers

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Adobe Fireworks is one of the best options for web designers who want to create and prototype graphics and interfaces for the web or mobile applications. No matter what other programs you’re used to using, Fireworks has what it takes to take your web design to the next level. Plus, it’s simple to use, and it easily interacts with other Adobe products.
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Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of Adobe Fireworks:

1. Use it with Photoshop

While you can use Fireworks as a standalone program for all your web design needs, it frankly doesn’t have as much functionality for image manipulation as Photoshop. If you want the absolute best images and a bit more artistic freedom with photographs and graphics, then you should definitely learn to use Fireworks with Photoshop. Photoshop will make it easier to get professional-looking images, while Fireworks will allow you to optimize them for the web or mobile interfaces. Since they’re from the same company, they work together smoothly, and you can easily take files from one to the other.

2. Use it with Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver and Fireworks also go together quite smoothly, since you can take a design from Dreamweaver, paste it into Fireworks, and then put it back into your Dreamweaver interface. It’s a very efficient process, and using both together makes it easier to design complete, professional-looking web pages.

3. Consider some extensions

Another option for adding functionality to Fireworks – besides just using it with other Adobe programs – is to add some extensions. There are many great, popular extensions out there that can help you get more out of Fireworks. For instance, Harmonia helps you create perfect color schemes by picking one color from the color spectrum and automatically providing you with complimentary, triad, split-complementary, and analogous colors. Bend 1.0.2 adds a bloated or spiked effect to a path, so you can create more interesting designs. Adding extensions like these means you can do more in Fireworks without having to use a completely new program to get the functionality you want.

4. Learn to create swap images

Swap images allow your website design to incorporate more images without becoming cluttered. These images make the website more interactive, as well, which is something that website visitors love. If you want to create a much sleeker website, swap images that go along with links is definitely the way to do it, and creating them using Fireworks is easy.

5. Create images in particular shapes easily

One of the best things about Fireworks is that you can easily paste an image inside of a shape so that the image takes on that exact shape. First, just make the shape from your toolbar, and size it where you want it. Then, select and cut your image, and paste it inside of the shape. You can move the image around inside the shape so that you get it exactly where you want it. This can be really helpful when creating photograph-based web graphics for your website.

6. Play around with effects

The only way to get to know everything Fireworks can do is to play around with all of the different effects that are available. Set aside some time when you first start using Fireworks just to play around with different effects. You can do everything from photo optics to feathered edges to transparent images, but you’ll never know what you can do until you’ve spent some time working with Fireworks and just getting to know the program.

7. When purchasing/upgrading Fireworks, use your business credit card

Daniela Baker from CreditDonkey says, if you are freelancing or have clients, you might as well expense your software expenditures.  If you’re a web designer, start your relationship with Adobe Fireworks by purchasing it with a business credit card.

These seven essential tips will help you get to know Adobe Fireworks better so that you can make the most of it. This is a great web design tool that will be really simple to use if you have familiarity with other Adobe products. Even if you don’t, though, learning to use the Adobe Creative Suite is the first step in becoming a better web designer!



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8 years ago

I haven’t used Fireworks since Adobe took it over. Have they updated it in the last 6 yrs? What is it that Fireworks can do, that Photoshop can’t?

8 years ago

Another good tip for a webdesigner such as myself as at the moment I use Photoshop but Fireworks has been recommended to me. However the actual content of the article is severely lacking – where’s the ‘essential’ tips?

8 years ago

Sorry but this is a pointless article showing that Fireworks simply isn’t worth using without making changes to it which is wrong.

I have designed many good sites in Fireworks without Photoshop, Fireworks and Illustrator go perfectly together.

8 years ago

I use Fireworks all the time for simple designs. I think it’s much easier to use than Photoshop. I’m a fan of both programs, but seem to use Fireworks more often.

Kevin Gross
8 years ago

Very Great tips, i am new in Graphic design industry, so this will gonna help me :) thanks for sharing :)

8 years ago

well I have Fireworks and Dreamweaver cs5 but I dont know how to get dreamweaver to open the designs I made in Fireworks?

8 years ago

reasons for using Fireworks and not Photoshop when creating on-screen graphics: FILTERS PS: Adding a blur to a shape, you have to rasterize it. FW: You can add any filter to any object PS: Suddenly you can’t use a certain filter for a certain layer. There are no explanations on why this is the case and you can’t even see the fly-out menu with filters that “used to be there”. FW: You can apply anything to anything at any time VECTORS PS: Shape layers are more confusing than they have to be. You can’t apply effects to vectors in Photoshop.… Read more »