WEB 215 Chapter D Lecture Notes -
Objective #1: Alter pixels on a bitmap image.
- Fireworks contains a number of bitmap image-retouching tools including the Blur, Smudge, Sharpen, Dodge, Burn, Rubber Stamp, Replace Color, and Red Eye Removal tools.
- The Blur and Sharpen tools are opposites. Both of them allow you to apply their results to specific portions of a bitmap rather than the whole image as the Filters menu commands would allow.
- The Dodge and Burn tools are also opposites. The Dodge tool lightens areas of an image. The Burn tool darkens areas of an image.Use the Alt key to switch between the Dodge and Burn tools when dragging the pointer.
- The Smudge tool is used to blend colors in the direction that you move the pointer.
- The Rubber Stamp and Eraser tools are technically opposites.The Rubber Stamp tool copies pixels from one area of a bitmap to another area.
Objective #2: Use masks.
- Either a vector object or a bitmap image can be used as a masking object.
- A vector mask is a shape through which an underlying object can be seen.
- A mask is editable at any time.
- A mask shows up in the Layers panel.
Objective #3: Sample and store custom-made colors.
- The Eyedropper tool can be used to sample a pixel's specific color. It can also be used to sample the color of 3 x 3 and 5 x 5 pixel ranges.
- The Replace Color tool can be used to replace pixel's of one color with another color. There are tolerance settings that allow you to control the range of pixels.
- The Swatches panel holds colors from the color palette of the Fireworks application. When you sample a color with the Eyedropper tool, you can add the color to the Swatches panel. This makes it easy to use that color later in any other Fireworks document.
- There are 216 websafe colors that display consistently in any browser (IE, Netscape, Mozilla, etc.) on any platform (Mac, Windows, Linux, etc.) But most most modern monitors do a good job displaying millions of colors pretty consistently.
Objective #4: Use the Creative commands to change images.
- The Add Arrowheads command can be used to add an arrowhead to a path.
- The Add Picture Frame command creates a simulated picture frame around an object.
- The Convert to Grayscale and Convert to Sepia commands can be used for interesting effects.
- The Fade Image also provides interesting effects as does the Twist and Fade command.