The menu bar (see Figure 3.44) is chock full of
commands that enable you to do everything from opening a file to
applying sophisticated effects to your images. Because an
encyclopedia could be written on just this topic alone, the
following sections simply summarize the important commands in each
Figure 3.44. The menu bar is home to
dozens of robust commands.
The File menu in Fireworks is similar to that of
just about every other program. As the
suggests, commands in
this menu affect whole files or documents. Some special File menu
commands include the following:
Used to integrate Fireworks files with web pages in
Dreamweaver by allowing you to easily update the table structure
used in the HTML pages.
Enables you to automate a series of customizable commands, such as
image resizing, on a large
of files, all with the click of a
The Edit menu contains a few specialized
commands for inserting Fireworks objects. Some unique Fireworks
commands include the following:
Enables you to insert objects such as a New Button,
Symbol, Hotspot, Slice, Layer, or Frame.
Enables you to Copy HTML Code, Paste Inside,
Paste As Mask, and Paste Attributes.
Enables you to customize your workspace. Editing Preferences are
discussed later in this chapter.
The View menu is home to commands that control
how you look at your workspace. In addition to the typical
magnification, ruler, and guides commands is the Windows/Macintosh
Gamma command. Computers that run Windows and Macintosh operating
systems use different gamma settings, which typically results in
Windows screens being darker than their Mac counterparts. Big
whoop, you say. Well, what can happen is that the graphic that
looks fine on your Windows monitor appears slightly washed out on
the Macintosh monitor. Likewise, the graphic that works on a
Macintosh monitor is
on the Windows screen. Use the
Windows/Macintosh Gamma command to toggle between the two gamma
settings and see whether there is a difference on your
The Select menu is split into five
Used to select and edit vector points and
Used to modify pixels of similar colors, feather
selections, or invert selections.
Used to expand, contract, and smooth
Convert Marquee to
Transforms the existing shape of the Marquee
into a path that can be edited and reshaped like any other
Used to save and restore single bitmap
The Modify menu is the most frequently used menu
in Fireworks. This menu contains commands that enable you to alter
canvas and object attributes, stacking order, and grouping. Other
commands of interest include the following:
Launches a wizard that enables you to create pop-up
Provides several masking effects in a submenu.
Gives you the Join, Split, Union, Intersect, Punch, and Crop
commands that allow you to play with ways to combine separate
The Text menu provides common commands for
modifying font, style, paragraph settings, alignment, and even
spelling. Some unique commands include
The Commands menu is where you can really see
the flexibility of Fireworks. Within the Commands menu are several
ready-made commands, or macros, that you can use to make your life
simpler. You can also create your own commands if you have the
Some interesting commands included in Fireworks
Found in the Creative submenu, this is similar to
the popular command found in Photoshop.
Found in the Creative submenu, this command adds a
textured frame around the canvas.
Provides a pop-up window that gives you a graphical
interface with which to resize an object (see Figure 3.46). Nothing
really special about this, except it looks cool.
Figure 3.46. The Resize Selected Objects
command provides a visually slick way of resizing objects.
Also found in the Creative submenu, this third-party
command enables you to create a vortex effect with any vector or
bitmap graphic (see Figure 3.47). Be careful, though. It's
and could lock up the program if
you call for too many steps.
Figure 3.47. The Twist and Fade command
adds some more special effects to your graphics arsenal.
The Filters menu contains all the bitmap
filters. Included are filters that handle
blurring, levels, curves, the sharpness of a mask, the amount of
noise applied to an image, and so on. After it is applied to an
image, a filter effect cannot be removed unless you use the Undo
command (Edit, Undo Filter Image).
The Window menu provides a list of all the
available in Fireworks. Think of it as your
interface repositoryjust click on any of the selections in this
menu and the appropriate panel or pop-up is displayed.
Learn to appreciate the guidance and wisdom
found within the Help menu. Here you can find the entire Fireworks
8 manual in HTML format. You can search for answers to those aching
questions about how to draw those pesky Bezier curves with the Pen
You can also access online support from the
Fireworks Help Center, as well as exchange ideas on the Macromedia
Online Forums. Visiting the forums becomes a daily part of your
life if you're interested in expanding your Fireworks