Fireworks Lesson 2

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 Compass ]

  1. Create a new document. Make the canvas size 400 X 400 pixels and the color white. You are going to draw a compass to be used in a logo.
  2. Save your file as compass.
  3. Click [View][Grid][Edit Grid].
    1. Make the grid size 24 x 24 pixels.
    2. Make sure the "Show Gird" and "Snap to Grid" options are selected.
    3. Click the color box and choose a pale blue color such as #CCFFFF for the grid.
    4. Click OK. Pale blue grideline now appear on the canvas.
  4. Make sure the rulers ar visible. If they are not click [View][Rulers].
  5. Position the pointer over the vertical ruler (on the left). Drag the ruler ono the canvas. Then release to add a vertical guide to the document.
  6. Position the pointer over the vertical ruler (on the left). Drag from the ruler onto the canvas. Then release to add a vertical guide to the document.
  7. Position the pointer over the horizontial ruler over the conavas. Then release to add a horizontal guide to the document.
  8. Double click the vertical guide. This opens the Move Guide dialog box.
  9. In the Move Gudie dialog box enter 216 in the position box. (You are placing the guides at position 216--not he exact center 200--so the guides will align with the grid.
  10. Repeat the same process for the horizontal guide. Double-click the guide, enter 216 in the position box and click OK.
  11. Click [View][Guides][Lock Guides].
  12. Click [View][Guides][Edit Guides]. Make sure "Snap to Guides" is selected and click OK.
  13. Choose the Ellipse tool. The ellipse you will draw needs to have a black stroke and no fill. Change the stroke and fill options in the Property inspector.

    1. Make sure the stroke color is set to black (#000000).
    2. Make sure the Tip Size box is set to 1 (for 1 pixel).
    3. Click the arrown on the "Stoke Category" box, point to Pencil and ten click 1-Pixel Hard.
    4. Click the arrow on the "Fill Category" box and click None.
  14. Position the pointer in the document where the guides cross. You will draw a circle from the center out.
  15. Hold down <Alt/Option> + <Shift> and drag a circle that is three grid line wide from the center point.
  16. Click [Select][Deselect].
  17. Select the Line tool. In the Line tool's Property inspector, the line color should be set to black, the tip size to 1 pixel, and the stroke category ot 1-Pixel Hard.
  18. Position the cross-hair on the vertical guide, about one-half a grid line above the top of the circle. Hold down <Shift> as you drag a straight line that extends one-half a grid line below the bottom of the circle.
  19. Click [Edit][Clone] and make an exact copy of the line. The copy is placed directly on top of the line and is selected.
  20. With the cloned line still selected, click [Modify][Transform][Numeric Transformation].
  21. Click the arow on the drop-down text box and choose "Rotate".
  22. Enter 45 in the angle box and click OK. The line rotates from the center point of the circle You need a total of four line each at 45 degree angle from the last line. The lines cut the circle like a pie. You could repeat this process of cloning and rotating the clone, but an easier way to repeat these steps is by using the History panel.
  23. Click the "Window" menu and then click "History". The history tab moved to the foreground of the frames and history panel.
  24. Make sure the line you and copying is still selected.
  25. Scroll down to the bottom of the list in the History panel until you see the two actions Clone and Transform.
  26. Hold down <Shift> and then click "Clone" and then "Transform".
  27. Click the "replay button at the bottom of the history panel. A new line at a 45-degree angle from the last line.
  28. Click "Replay" again to draw the last line. You drawing should similar to the diagram to the right.
  29. Choose the Ellipse tool. Make sure the fill category is set to "None" on the property inspector or the cirle will cover your lines.
  30. Hold down <Alt/Option> + <Shift> to draw a smaller circle form the cener outward with the first circle. Use the drid line to make this new circle two grid lines wide from the center point.
  31. Select one of the lines with the pointer tool.
  32. Select the Knife tool from the tool panel.
  33. Drag the knife pointer acrss the line where it intersects with the smaller circle. You don't have to drag a huge amount - just enough to cut through the line. When you release, a point appears on the line. This is the cut you just made.
  34. Repeat the process at the other end of the line.
  35. Switch to the pointer tool anc click anywhere outside the circle to deselect the line.
  36. Click the center portion of the line between the two cuts; then press <Delete> to remove the inner line.
  37. Select the inner circle by using the pointer tool.
  38. Click [Modify][Transform][Numeric Transform].
  39. Click the arrow on the drop-down list and choose Scale.
  40. Make sure "Constrain Proportions" is selected.
  41. Enter 95 (for 95%) in either of the text boxes and click OK. The circle is scaled down.
  42. Deselect the image.
  43. Open the site_color.png file from the data files.
  44. Click [Window][Tile Vertical]. The two files now appear side by side. You might need to adjust the magnification of the cmpass file to 100%.
  45. Click the compass document window to make sure it is the active document. Select the outer circle of the compass.
  46. Click the "Fill Color" box on the Property inspector and position the eyedropper over te color 2 in the site_color.png. Click the color to change the color of the slected circle.
  47. Deselect the outer circle and select the inner circle.
  48. Click the "Fill Color" box on the Property inspector and position the eyedropper over color 3. Click this color to change the color of the selected circle.
  49. Close the site_color.png file.
  50. Choose the Polygon tool.
  51. On the property inspector click the arrow on the "Shape" box and choose "Star".
  52. Enter 4 in the sides text box and 26 in the angle text box.
  53. Click the Fill Color box and selec the color white (#FFFFFF).
  54. Drag from the center of the guides and rotate the star to appear similar to: