Fireworks Lesson 1

Note: The following conventions are used in these directions. [Menu][Submenu] referes to a menu and an item to select from the menu. <Key> + <Letter> represent keyboard keys. The "+" indicates that you should press and hold down the first key and the press and release the second letter. Some keys have two options, such as <CTRL/CMD> where the first choice is for PCs and the second for Macs. <Ctrl/Cmd> is a shortcut for "Control" key on PCs and "Apple" or "Command" key on the Mac keyboard.

[Completed Girl Pumkin A - Oval Marquee]

  1. Open the girl_pumpkin1.png file from the Fireworks Lesson01 folder.
  2. Choose [File][Save As..] and make a copy of the document named girl_pumpkinA.png
  3. Select the "Marquee" tool from the Tools panel. Hold down the button to see a flyout menu and select the Oval Marquee. Click the bitmap object at any spot where you want to begin your selection and then drag to the topposite corner to define the area. The area inside the marquee is selected. You can now modify, move, or delete pixels.
  4. To deselect, click outside the selection, You can also click [Select][Deselect] or <Ctrl/Cmd> + <D>.
  5. Drag and draw a selection marquee around the girl's face.
  6. Hold down <Shift>. A plus sign appears on the pointer.
  7. Drag to draw a second marquee around the pumpkin. Be careful not to overlap the selections. Both areas are selected.
  8. Make sure you still have the marquees aroun the girl's face and the pumpkin.
  9. Hold down <Shif>. A plus sign appears on the pointer.
  10. Draw to drag a new marquee that overlapsthe current selections. The orginal marquee expands to include the new section.
  11. Hold down <Alt/Option>. The minus sign apears on the pointer.
  12. Drag and draw areas of the selection that you want to remove.
  13. With the girl and pumpkin selected, choose [Select][Select Inverse] to change the selection to the opposite portion.
  14. Press <Delete> to remove the background around the girl.
  15. Save the document.

[Completed Girl Pumkin B - Rectangle Marquee]

  1. Open the girl_pumpkin1.png file from the Fireworks Lesson01 folder.
  2. Choose [File][Save As..] and make a copy of the document named girl_pumpkinB.png
  3. Select the "Rectangle Marquee".
  4. Using the same skills as with the oval marquee, select the girl and pumpkin. Use the <Shift> and <Alt/Option> keys to add or subtract portions of the selection.
  5. Move the pointer within the selection and hold down <Ctrl/Command> + <Alt/Option>. The pointer changes to a double-triangle pointer.
  6. Drag the selection to the left while holding down the modifier keys. A copy of the images moves within the selection.
  7. Save the document.

[Completed Girl Pumkin C - Feather ]

  1. Open the girl_pumpkin1.png file from the Fireworks Lesson01 folder.
  2. Choose [File][Save As..] and make a copy of the document named girl_pumpkinC.png
  3. Switch to the Oval Marquee tool. Hold down <Alt/Option>, click the girl's nose, and then drag to draw an ellipse around the girl's head and shoulders from the center of the ellipse.
  4. Click [Select][Feather]. In the Feather Selection dialog box, enter 25 in the Radius box, and click "OK". (You won't able to see the feathering until you deselect the background.)
  5. Click [Select][Select Inverse].
  6. Press <Delete> to delete the background.
  7. Select the "Crop" tool from the tools panel.
  8. Drag and select the feathered image. Handles appear along the borders of the crop marks. You can use these to fine-tune your selection.
  9. Position the pointer within the image and the crop marks, and double-click to crop the image.
  10. Save the document.

[Completed Flower1A - Sunflowers ]

  1. Open the flower1.png file from the Fireworks Lesson01 folder.
  2. Choose [File][Save As..] and make a copy of the document named flower1A.png
  3. Select the "Magic Wand" tool in the tools panel.
  4. Highlight the value in the Tolerance box on the Property Insepct and enter 500.
  5. Click anywhere in the blue sky area of the picture.
  6. Click [Select][Select Inverse].
  7. Press <Delete> to remove all elements except the yellow sunflowers.
  8. Save the document.

[Completed Flower1B - Sunflowers ]

  1. Open the flower1.png file from the Fireworks Lesson01 folder.
  2. Choose [File][Save As..] and make a copy of the document named flower1B.png
  3. Select the Magic Wand tool and set the tolerance to 100.
  4. Click on the yellow petals on the large sunflower.
  5. To add to your selection based on color similarity, click [Select][Select Similar].
  6. Click [Select][Select Inverse].
  7. Press <Delete> to remove all elements except the yellow sunflowers.
  8. Save the document.

[Completed Flower1C - Butterfly ]

  1. Open the flower1.png file from the Fireworks Lesson01 folder.
  2. Choose [File][Save As..] and make a copy of the document named flower1C.png
  3. Select the "Lasso" tool on the tools panel.
  4. Locate the butterfly on the large sunflower. Drag to trace the edge of the butterfly (don't worry about the atennae). When you have completely surrounded the butterfuly, you will see a small square on the mouse pointer. Release to close the selection.
  5. To fine-tune the selection, slect the "Zoom" tool from the View section of the Tools panel.
  6. Position the pointer within the selected butterfly. The pointer changes to a plus sign. click on the butterfly until the image is 400% maginifcation.
  7. Hold down <Alt/Option> and the pointer change to the Zoom Out toold with a minus sign. Click until the image is 300%.
  8. Switch back to the "Lasso" tool.
  9. You now want to add teh antennae to your selection. Hold down <Shift>. A plus sign appears next to the pointer. Drag the Lasso tool around the area you want to add to your selection, and then relesase.
  10. Now, you want to delete portions outside the butterfly image. Hold down <Alt/Option>. A minus sign appears next to the pointer. Drag the Lasso tool around the area you want to deelte from the selection, and then release.
  11. Countinue adding or subtracting pixels from the marquee until just the butterfly is selected.
  12. Reduce your maginifcation to 100%.
  13. Switch to the Pointer tool and hold down <Alt/Option> and drag the selected butterfly to the right edge of the large sunflower. Then release to copy the butterfly.
  14. Make sure the copied butterfly is still selected.
  15. Click [Modify][Transform][Flip Horizontal]. The butterfly is flipped.

[Completed Flower1D - Butterfly ]

  1. Open the flower1.png file from the Fireworks Lesson01 folder.
  2. Choose [File][Save As..] and make a copy of the document named flower1E.png
  3. Select the "Rubber Stamp" tool.
  4. On the Property inspector, make sure "Source Aligned" is selected and that the "Use Entire Document" is not selected.
  5. On the Property inspector set Size to 10 and the Edge to 90. This creates a small stamp with a soft edge, allowing you to clone the small edges of the flower and blend into the new image with the surrounding pixels.
  6. Move the pointer over the center of the small sunflower at the lower left of the image. Hold down <Alt/Option> and click to mark the set point. A cross-hair marks the set point.
  7. Position the pointer to the left of the small sunflower and drag to begin cloning. Try using small circular motions and work from the center outward as you clone. Since you have selected the Source Align option, the relationship (distance) between the original cloned area and the location of the new image remains constant. If you move the pointer to a new location, you can see this relationship. As you clone, a cross-hair appears above the set point and the cloned image appears where you drag.
  8. Save the document.