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The Ultimate Round-Up of Fireworks Tutorials and Resources

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Fireworks was originally created as an image editing and web design application by Macromedia, for quick web mock-ups, and optimizing images for the Web. It has since been transformed into a powerful environment for designing and prototyping applications that integrates easily with Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop &ndash making it, perhaps, the most powerful (that’s controversial) and versatile graphic editor.

Fireworks has always had the reputation of being Adobe Photoshop’s little brother and a graphic editor for amateurs. The truth is, some Photoshop users have underappreciated the power of Fireworks, misunderstood its purpose, and seem to be reluctant to move their design workflow to Fireworks.

In this post, you will learn how powerful Fireworks can be and you will see how easily it can be used for any design project, whether you are a graphic designer or web designer. Would you consider changing from Photoshop?

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources1

Adobe Fireworks CS4 Homepage2

Download Adobe Fireworks CS4

To download a trial-version of Fireworks CS4, you will need to create an account with Adobe. It’s quick and painless and definitely worthwhile. After the sign-up you can download trial and beta software (of all Adobe products) and download free product extensions; you will also get an access to the community areas, read members-only white papers and watch seminars.

Fireworks Basics and Overview Link

Adobe Fireworks Developer Center3
If you are just starting out with Fireworks, the best place to start is with Adobe. The Fireworks Developer Center offers a great range of getting-started tutorials, downloadable samples (animated gifs, CSS templates and png source files, downloads, and technology overview articles.

Design Learning Guide for Fireworks CS44
The Design Learning Guide gives you an in-depth overview of the many features of Fireworks CS4, from integration with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Adobe Flash, to learning about how Live Filters make it easy to add graphic effects to vector and bitmap objects, learn how to design web layouts faster using specialized tools, such as the 9-slice scaling tool, tooltips, and Smart Guides and use the updated Path panel’s vector manipulation tools to combine, alter, extrude, and blend paths. This is a must bookmark for any Fireworks pro or novice.

Fireworks CS4 10 Part Video Overview from Layers Magazine Link

Layers Magazine has a 10 part video series covering the many features of Fireworks CS4, from tutorials, quick tips and covering some Fireworks’ lesser known tools.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources5

  • Part 16
    Part 1 talks about the new Fireworks CS4 Interface and creating/adjusting shapes in the Canvas of a document using the new Smart Guides feature.
  • Part 27
    Learn how to use the Align and Combine Paths option to create shapes, as well as the new Real Time Gradient options.
  • Part 38
    Part 3 talks about some of changes with regards to text in Fireworks CS4.
  • Part 49
    learn about the new features when importing Illlustrator and Photoshop files in Fireworks CS4.
  • Part 510
    Part 5 goes over the merging of graphic and paths, grouping of multiple layers, locking layers, and masking in Fireworks CS4.
  • Part 611
    Working with Styles and the aligning of text boxes in Fireworks CS4.
  • Part 712
    Learn how to use the libraries in Fireworks CS4 to quickly add form elements to a column in a page.
  • Part 813
    In this part, you will be taken through the steps of creating a Master Page Web Design and adding additional pages to the PNG file.
  • Part 914
    In this tutorial, you will be taken through the process of slicing and linking multiple pages for a web comp using Fireworks CS4.
  • Part 1015
    Fireworks CS4 allows you to export your comp in a variety of formats, but the newest way to package this comp is the Adobe PDF format. With the Adobe PDF format you can create an interactive page that gives you all of the benefits of interactivity with security, all in a single file.

Prototyping, Wireframing and Web Design Link

Designing a Website in Fireworks CS4 – Adobe MAX Tutorial Session
Fireworks CS4 helps you rapidly prototype websites, application interfaces, and other interactive designs. Attend this session to learn how to create, edit, and optimize web graphics faster and more accurately. Get tips on how to demo your design live or e-mail interactive PDF files to clients. Find out how to make the most of the new user interface and core functionality, such as consistent text handling with the Adobe text engine. Then learn how to output your designs to the application platform of your choice: Adobe AIR, Flash CS4 Professional, Flex, HTML, or CSS-based layouts.

Quickly Mock Up a Business Website- Adobe MAX Tutorial Session
Discover the power and speed of Fireworks CS4 as they design a two-page prototype of a business website in real time. During this session, you’ll learn about best practices for organizing layers, using pages, working with common design tools, applying blend modes, slicing designs, and more.

Designing Effective CSS and HTML Websites – Adobe MAX Tutorial Session
Gain real-world insights into the limitations of designing websites in CSS and HTML. Then learn new techniques in Fireworks CS4 for working within those constraints and producing the most effective standards-based website designs. You’ll leave this class with productivity-enhancing tips on how to design and export website prototypes as CSS and images.

Fireworks CS4 Beta for Web Design16
This tutorial from Layers Magazine gives you an in-depth overview into web design prototyping with Fireworks CS4. The author of this tutorial is convinced that after reading his tutorial and trying Fireworks you will never go back. He is probably right, so, if you love your current graphic editor or protoyping tool don’t read this tutorial!

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources17

Rapid Interactive Prototyping with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript18
This tutorial shows you how to add HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to Fireworks documents to create enhanced functionality in the HTML pages that you export. These HTML pages are then used to facilitate rapid prototyping and usability testing.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources19

Wireframing with Fireworks CS3
Wireframes are barebones sketches of your website or application that you can use to demonstrate, document, and often validate the functionality of a design without any distracting pixel artistry. The author of this tut offers his views on Fireworks prototyping and some useful techniques.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources

Export CSS Painlessly from Website Comps in Fireworks20
This article discusses the export extension, SmartCSS Exporter, for producing HTML files with CSS in Fireworks. With this extension, you will be able to generate usable, production-ready HTML and CSS files with ease.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources21

Designing and Implementing a Spry Menu
In this article you will be shown how to insert a Spry menu bar into an existing HTML document, design and export a new skin in Fireworks, and implement this skin into the Spry menu bar using CSS.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources

Drop Down Menu Navigation22
In this tutorial you are going to learn how to create drop down menu using Adobe Fireworks CS4. Drop down menus are displayed in a browser when the user moves a pointer over or clicks a triggering web object, such as a slice. You can attach URL links to drop down menu items for navigation.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources23

Rollover Images/Buttons Effect24
Using Rollover Buttons & Images is one of the most common web design ideas because of its simplicity, creating rollover buttons or images with Fireworks and Dreamweaver make this even easier.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources25

Create a Slideshow in Adobe Fireworks CS426
This tutorial will teach you how to create a beautiful slideshow gallery with transition effects, categories, captions and resizable images in Fireworks CS4.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources27

Creating reusable, flexible, custom Ajax loading animations28
Everybody’s seen them. The nice swirly loading animations that accompany many Ajax web applications. But just how easy is it to create your own? With this technique, you’ll be creating one for every project in a matter of minutes using Fireworks.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources29

Create a Robust Flash Based Autoplay Slideshow Photo Gallery in minutes30
In this video you will learn how to create a Flash based slideshow photo gallery in Fireworks.

Prototyping for the iPhone31
Learn how to create a simple prototype with Fireworks and open it on the iPhone.

Prototyping a Web Design32
In this video you will explore the layout feature enhancements from Fireworks CS4, including pixel-precise guides, the new smart guides, tooltips, which contain X and Y coordinates to help you place elements within your design.

Designing a Website Application33
This tutorial shows you the process of creating a website application in Adobe Fireworks CS4—from sketching the original page design to developing wireframes, to creating the final design.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources34

Fireworks Web App and Mobile Tutorials Link

Prototyping AIR applications with Fireworks35
This article provides step-by-step instructions to turn a concept into a design, add interactions and export the prototype to a packaged AIR application using the features available in Fireworks CS4.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources36

Fireworks Adobe Air Demo37
Learn how to use the new Fireworks CS4 AIR package command and design prototype interactive desktop applications.

Designing and Prototyping Flex Applications38
It is not very well known that Fireworks can also be used to design Adobe Flex applications, with the combination of bitmap editing and vector manipulation tools, along with Flex integration features, make Fireworks an ideal tool for designing Flex applications.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources39

Fireworks CS4 Flex Skinning40
In this video tut learn how to use the Flex skinning commands in Fireworks CS4 and allow quick access to skin design elements so that you can edit the appearance with ease.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources41

Designing for Mobile Devices42
This article provides real-world considerations and tips for creating assets for your mobile development projects using Fireworks CS4.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources43

Fireworks Web Design Mockup Tutorials Link

Grooveshark Design Style44

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources45

Creating a Cool Website Header46

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources47

Classy Personal Portfolio48

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources49

Photo Montage, Fade Image Effect Header50

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources51

Mini-Layout Inspired by 9rules52

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources53

Menu Rollover Video54

Fireworks Design Tutorials Link

How to use QuickMask55

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources56

Photo-Realistic57

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources58

Creating the iPhone Frame59

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources60

Create a Night Scene61

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources62

Designing a Media Player Skin63

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources64

LED Cinema Display65

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources66

Page Curl in Fireworks 67

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources68

Create a Vibrant Digital Collage 69

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources70

Hand Drawn Styles

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources

Scotch Tape Tutorial 71

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources72

Obama’s Background73

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources74

Yin Yang Tutorial75

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources76

Vector-like Flowers77

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources78

Creating Fading Light Vectors79

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources80

Apple Air Banner81

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources82

Old Photos in Fireworks83

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources84

Fun With The Satin Gradient

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources

Cloud Effect85

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources86

Design Video Tutorials Link

How to make a Desktop Background

How to make a Banner87

Create Elegant Stunning Swirls, Curls, and Swooshes88

Creating Car “toon” Tutorial89

Coca Cola Glass Effect90

Motion Bluring the Back of Sprites91

Custom 3D Perspective Boxes 92

Applying a 2D image to a 3D surface93

Create A Youtube Profile Picture In Adobe Fire Works CS3

Fireworks Effects and Tecniques Link

Green Day Grunge Effect94

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources95

Camouflaged Car96

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources97

Pixelate Effect Tutorial

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources

Glowing Light Trail98

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources99

Awesome Light Effects in Fireworks100

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources101

Motion Blur102

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources103

Old Paper Effect104

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources105

Abstrakter Effekt

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources

Light Painting106

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources107

Dot Matrix Effect

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources

Twist and Fade Technique108

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources109

Fireworks Icons and Buttons Tutorials Link

Creating an amazing Palm Pre icon110

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources111

Grunge RSS Feed Icon112

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources113

Creating a Folder Icon114

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources115

Creating the IE7 Logo116

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources117

Gel Cap / Plastic Button118

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources119

A Simple Little Pencil120

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources121

A Simple little Envelope122

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources123

Create a Logo in Fireworks

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources

Fireworks CS4 Stamp124

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources125

Altes Wine Logo Tutorial126

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources127

Fancy Rss Button Tutorial128

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources129

Spiral Effect Snail Graphic130

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources131

A computer mouse in 7 layers132

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources133

Create Peeling Stickers and Page Curls

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources

Making a Cool button for your Website134

Fireworks Text Effects Link

Awesome Floral Type135

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources136

Grunge Effect 137

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources138

Amazing Neon Lights139

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources140

Grass Text141

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources142

Arched Text143

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources144

Reflective Glass Effect Tutorial

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources

Creating Image inside Text Effect145

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources146

Fireworks Animation Tecniques and Tutorials Link

How to make Animations and Animated Graphics
In this simple guide to making animations in Adobe Fireworks, follow the step by step tutorial and learn in no time, how to created animations and animated graphics for the web.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources

Animated Stickman – Tweening Animation
You’re going to use symbols and tweening to animate a stickman, this is a method of animation that is better known for Flash development. You’ll also take a look at onion skinning and distributing to frames, all techniques that are useful for animation in Fireworks. Animate your stickman and make him look alive using tweening, onion skinning and distributing to frames.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources

Animate and Tween in Fireworks147
In this tutorial you are going to learn about animation, and using those animations to create animated gif files that can be placed on your website.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources148

Creating an Animated GIF using Fireworks149
Learn how to design Animated GIFs using Fireworks MX onwards. The custom animation is broken down into frames, which contains the sequential images and objects that make up each step of the animation.

Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Resources150

Making A Simple GIF Animation
This is an easy to follow video tutorial on how to make a simple animation.

Create animated GIF for Web Site151
Learn how to make animated banners and files for your web design projects and output animated GIF files to easily pop into your pages.

Further Reading Link

Footnotes Link

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    Hi guys,

    I just recently tried to get a grip on Fireworks as we have the CS3 Suite at work, but to be honest, I did not really find any good argument using Fireworks instead of Photoshop or Flash-Click-Dummies. So to say, I just don’t get for what Fw is good at all. To me it feels like a not so good combination of Ps and Flash.

    Why should a designer actually use Fireworks, why is it good at all. Or is it just for refining steps. It would be a blast to have something like an introduction to Fw, why and when to use it, and why and when to just skip it.

    I love the collection here though and I will give it another go, still wondering what it really is good for.

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    @Listoric I just see Fireworks as a much easier to use, all-be-it stripped down, version of Photoshop. Being a developer I don’t really need to do too much but when I do I like to be able to do it easily and simply.

    It is nice to see that someone has remembered there are other programs that Photoshop! Excellent resource too.

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    A few people in our office use Fireworks, but I’m more of a Photoshop man. Fireworks feels awkward to me – rather like using Photoshop for a print page layout when you should be using InDesign.

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    Nice timing as Adobe Fireworks Fanpages were also launched today!

    Join up http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Adobe-Fireworks/226645240197 if you like Fireworks.

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    Its always baffled me why so many people ignore Fireworks and use Photoshop only. There are so many common web workflows that are simpler, better or both in Fw.

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    Great collection! Thanks for including the madeofwin tutorial.

    Of course, photoshop is able to do more than fireworks. But the reason you should use fireworks for webdesign is: you are so much faster with fireworks. You won’t think that if you compare a skilled photoshop-user with an amateur in fireworks, but comparing skilled ps-user and skilled fw-user will show the difference.

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    I was just saying to someone the other day how i never use fireworks, hmm..

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    Jordan Moore

    July 27, 2009 3:38 am

    In terms of designing for the web, Fireworks > Photoshop

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    I had always used Fireworks to create mockups. And I don´t want to miss it anymore.

    BTW: I can´t understand how people can realize mockups in PS. It´s quite uncomfortable…

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    I don’t know what to think of this article. On one hand it promotes Firework’s great protyping for web design, and on the other it shows how it shouldn’t be used for photo editing and efffects.

    I use both Fireworks and Photoshop. For web design Fireworks is a no-brainer – it’s faster and more effcient, I can create the exact same design I would have made in Photoshop in about half the time.

    However, most of these tutorials show how to edit photos, create colleges, or other effects. Fireworks can do these, but it is not its strong point. If anything it harms Fireworks to have these things sent around, giving the impression its just poor-mans Photoshop.

    Software is tailored to its specific need, that is why Adobe has a suite of products rather than just one super program.

    Fireworks – Web Design
    Photoshop – Photo Editing
    Illustrator – Illustration
    InDesign – Print Design

    Unfortunately, designers are a stubborn bunch – many I work with still use Photoshop for designing for web (and everything else). They mock me for using Fireworks, but my bosses praise me; I can get the work of two Photoshop web designers done in half the time without sacrificing quality (in many times improving it..) They’re beginning to notice this, and some are making the move to use Fireworks.

    Its all about being flexible in your program choices, if you can list a whole bunch of programs you’re fluent in on your Resume for specific tasks – it looks a whole lot less amateur than ‘Photoshop’ listed for everything.

    Fireworks just does web design better. It’s always puzzled me with people’s schoolboy loyalty to Photoshop.

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    Nice list.

    It still surprises me how many front end developers use Photoshop instead of Fireworks to mock up websites. Its really not what it was made to do. They are billing clients for unnecessary hours.

    Saying that, my missus uses our Boxster to drive to the shops. Same thing I guess. Who am I to argue?

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    Great collection. With each new web design project I’m considering switching from PS to FW, but without having practical experience it’s always a little risky to jump right into a client’s project . Not talking about convincing your company to buy new software ;)

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    Fireworks performance is absolutely unparalleled for web design and mockups. The speed, workflow and intelligent design is just so much better than anything Photoshop can offer as a web design tool. You’ll never have to use those blasted layers again if you don’t want to and still you’ll create amazingly complex designs where everything can be edited – think changing / styling / resizing / moving all with one click. Vectors and objects integrated seamlessly, page templates, much better slice exporting, graphics optimization, object controls, gradient engine etc. PNG is lean and efficient.

    This being said, Photoshop is unparalleled for photo editing, retouching, anything to do with photorealistic effects. Fireworks has its set of bitmap tools (probably comparable to Photoshop 6 so not that bad) but it’s not a highly advanced graphic editor per se, although natural and seamless vector editing within the same environment is a great plus.

    The perfect combination is to use Fireworks for putting designs together/prototyping and Photoshop for preparing more complicated graphics/photos (to be imported into FW).

    The benefits of Fireworks might be questionable if you don’t do web/interface design (by all means stay with PS then) but if you do and try it you won’t be coming back to the good ol PS.

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    I’ve been using photoshop for 7yrs… & I think its a great tool.. nothing beats photoshop.

    But when it comes to speeding up.. believe me fireworks is super fast. (only for web projects/Interface etc.). its like photoshop simplified.. & the best part is.. it hardly takes any efforts/time to switch for a PS user. its so simple.

    Little features like … drag & select multiple layers, page management & slicing etc.. is like toppings on the ice cream.

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    I do not like how Adobe decided to change the GUI in CS4. For me CS3 is still the perfect choice for rapid mock-ups and web design, even though it lacks complexity in some key areas. I still hope to see some of the more advanced features of PS integrated into FW. For example the Warp Transformation which I feel would be greatly useful.

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    I kinda do like Fireworks though I never really worked with it.

    The problem I got with Fireworks is that since I’m the only one at our advertising agency who owns the web edition of the creative suite cs3 I’m the only one who’s got Fireworks. Our workflow is that a graphic designer creates a layout in InDesign or Photoshop and I’m kinda slicing it in Photoshop and then code the thing in XHTML and CSS. So in an agency where the “normal” graphic designers don’t have the web edition Fireworks will never gain ground.

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    I ever wondering, when speaking with other webdesigner and they do not know fireworks. I know a lot of people use photoshop for designing web sites, but when I try it in photoshop I feel handicapped. Not because I can’t work in photoshop. It’s more because I use photoshop for image editing, creating effects or cut an image.

    For me Fireworks is Illustrator for Web. You had a real pixel grid and you can assess how typo or an icon looks like in this grid (OK I know illustrator has a pixelview at it self). Few times I get webdesigns in illustrator or indesign and the designer wondering when i say: “your font is to small, nobody can read it”, because he choose a 8pt font. Or they create an icon, thats looking wonderfull in illustrator, scaling it to the size for the website, you just see an bunch of pixels. And here is the advantage of fireworks you can assess your design and you have the ability to slice and export it in a good way.

    No question for editing images and so one photoshop is the best, but you don’t design a booklet or poster in photoshop.

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    Josh Collie

    July 27, 2009 5:08 am

    I have never used anything but Fireworks for web design. I simply feel Photoshop is so bloated for such a task and have so far, not found something Fireworks can’t do that I need. Not saying one is better than the other but I find Fireworks so much quicker to do work with.

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    Dear members

    is that mean fireworks is better than photoshop for web designing ?

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    wiki chaves

    July 27, 2009 5:20 am

    Hey I´m a very big fan of Fireworks, thanks for the tutorials. There´s no much of this in arrounds :)

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    Edson Carvalho (Brazil)

    July 27, 2009 5:50 am

    Excelente tutorial!
    Fireworks é definitivamente melhor que o Photoshop.
    Muito prático e intuitivo.
    illustrator+Fireworks+Flash = Produção inesgotável com qualidade!

    Valeu!

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    Morten Zetlitz

    July 27, 2009 6:04 am

    Without FW, my workflow wouldn’t have the same quality to it. Illustrator for illustrations/logos etc. and Photoshop for photo editing. Fireworks is the key ingredient and provides me with the ability to make final compositions.

    All my designs are mainly vector and thus scalable, put together in Fireworks.

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    Sometimes in my case, its like I dont want to work with FW because its not standard in our team to work with – they prefer PS. So its like agreeing to use a standard software to use.

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    Pietro Marafiga Monteiro

    July 27, 2009 6:28 am

    I am a big fan of Fireworks, but it has some problems.

    When the work is large, with multiple pages, the PNG swells and the program is heavy! Not moving, sometimes.

    Try get a vector in Illustrator CS4 with some 40 objects and paste it to see the slowness.

    And I use it on a iMac core 2 duo 2.0 ghz with 3 gb of RAM.

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    > is that mean fireworks is better than photoshop for web designing ?

    I’d say so, yes. Photoshop is a great piece of design software but web design is not its main intended focus and as such web design tools and procedures are buries under tonnes of (relative) clutter. You don’t need all this bloat for web design. Usually a simple thing takes two to three times as much time in Photoshop than it does in Fireworks.

    Plus Fireworks has a range of brilliant web specific solutions and its vector/object angle makes your designs easily scalable.

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    Josh Thomas

    July 27, 2009 6:49 am

    One thing Fireworks does better than Photoshop is drawing single pixel lines. In Photoshop you must have the Grid turned on and be at 100% view to draw shapes that have exact 1 pixel borders. Anything else and PS will anti-alias the line.. very annoying.

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    I LOVE Fireworks! Now granted, I still use PS for photo editing (that’s what it was made for!) but I always use Fireworks for my web designs. It’s also very easy to open PSD files in fireworks so when I find something made in PS I can open and edit it in FW.

    I’m also one of those ppl that is baffled by the use of PS in web design.

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    Enrique Ramírez

    July 27, 2009 6:59 am

    I’ve been using Fireworks for web design (slicing PSDs, and of course, designing my own layouts) for around 9 years now. Always saying it’s way better, faster and comfortable for my job than Photoshop (Photoshop confuses me. Everytime I try to slice a PSD it seems to take me twice the time and result in a file that’s twice bigger). Always thought I was alone. Glad to see I was not wrong all this time and that there’s more people praising Fireworks is better for web related stuff than Photoshop.

    On the other hand, Fireworks PSD support is not that good, and I always need to open the PSD both in Fireworks and Photoshop to spot differences. If only Fireworks got a better “Photoshop Automatic Effects” support and the “Fill” feature in layers (besides alpha, just like photoshop which has both), it’ll be a one-stop tool without a doubt.

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    Fireworks is such an underrated software, it’s nice to seen a roundup like this. I definitely like it much better than photoshop

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    Fireworks saves me time and creates much smaller files that are optimized for the web. I feel like that makes it a no-brainer for web designers. I see how PS is valuable for creating icons and other small graphics (plus photo-editing) but I have never understood why it is used to prototype entire sites.

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    I love Fireworks :D

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    I’ve been using FW now for about 6 years and I love it.

    For websites it is so much quicker, easier and better then PS.

    If i want to retouch or do image manipulation i use PS, that is a no brainer.
    Brochures / Artwork – indesign
    web design – FW
    Logos – Illustrator.

    It is all about playing to the strengths of each app.

    Great collection of tutes and articles. Thanks a lot!

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    Fireworks es excelente para el web, asi como lo es Photoshop para la edicion de imagenes, pero existe algo que es muy importante, la combinacion en los procesos y los software es necesaria para logar un mejor trabajo.

    Fw + Ps + Ai + Dw = Exelente Trabajo.

    Tnks SM!!

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    I just copied a whole bunch of great quotes out of the comments on this post. I hope it helps me convincing fellow designers and developers to stop using Photoshop for designing websites. It will safe us so much time and FW PNG are much easier to handle for all team members (and also server and network, PSD’s are huge!).

    By the way. One of the videos above about prototyping for the iPhone (which I mad), find the full tutorial here: http://unitid.nl/2009/04/prototyping-for-the-iphone-using-fireworks-cs3/

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    KristinCurrier

    July 27, 2009 8:54 am

    As professional digital retoucher working in eCommerce, I use Photoshop almost exclusively. I am very comfortable and nimble in its world. In addition to my main work of color corrections and digital enhancements for photography, I can create web graphics pretty easily due to my familiarity with it. I LOVE PS!!

    However, I can see the argument that PS is almost too bloated to deal with web graphics. I am teaching myself front-end development and have an old Fireworks MX on my laptop. It’s more efficient for doing mock-ups and simplified web graphics. Looking over this impressive list of tutorials, I’m amazed how far FW has come along, and it looks like it’s much more versatile than my current version.

    This post has solved a dilemma for me. I work on MAC and PC. MAC does my high-end retouching work, my laptop PC does my web publishing and coding. I don’t want to pay for two versions of Photoshop! So it will be definitely worth my while to keep PS on the MAC and consider the latest FW for the PC. Thanks!!!

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    I’m not a big fan of Fireworks mostly because I’m so used to Photoshop. Coincidentally, a team member of mine started using Fireworks for web prototyping last week, it’s pretty amazing if you can get it to do what you want. So far we’ve been spending more time trying to get things to work in Fireworks than it would take to just make them in Photoshop xD. I can definitely see Fireworks having the advantage once you know what you’re doing though!

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    Michael Mogill

    July 27, 2009 9:07 am

    Great to see Fireworks getting some praise! I hope Adobe doesn’t do away with it.

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    Utilizo Fireworks para Webdesign desde a era Macromedia. É uma tolice reduzir esse programa a um criador apenas de Mockups, ele é utilizado por profissionais para produzir um Website completo do início ao fim e durante atualizações inclusive. A Adobe inclusive tentou copiá-lo com o hoje defunto Image Ready, que era muito complicado. Quem conhece o Fireworks não troca por nada em Webdesign. Utilizado em conjunto com o Photoshop é uma dupla de peso.

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    I started using Fireworks, in 1998, when Photoshop 4 had no web optimizing features, it wasn’t a matter of choosing one over the other, then, and Fireworks has set the standard in that regard. For a long time I’ve used Photoshop as a photo and print only tool… Image Ready could not compare with Fireworks.

    Nowadays its a matter of what designer are used too. Because I’ve worked for companies that did not have Fireworks, I started using Photoshop to create and export web layouts, and I’m as comfortable in either of these software now, and feel both have their place in the designer workflow and tools.

    Like other have commented here, I think Fireworks can be way more faster to have you create a quality website layout… its vector tools and formating are just more friendly and flexible (of course if one has been used to photoshop he’ll have to get to follow the fireworks way). Its just faster to translate your idea into an actual webpage in fireworks.

    But now I feel ultimatly it depends of what kind of layout you design, Photoshop is so powerfull for photos, that if your layout uses photos, complex brushes and pixel based design and drawings, then sticking with photoshop will be the easier way to go.

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