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Creating gradients

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Video: Creating gradients

In this exercise we're going to look at filling objects with gradients. And gradients are great because they add depth and interest to otherwise flat objects. I've got a big old letter B here, and by adding a gradient to it you can actually bring visual attention to it. So, let's get started. And to get yourself started, open up the gradient.png file located in your Exercise folder. To add a gradient to it, what you do is you just select the object that you want to add the gradient to. You come down to the Properties panel, and you can see that there are a number of fill options here. There's No fill, Solid fill, and right here is Gradient Fill, click it and the Gradient fill opens, this is the Gradient fill panel. And at the top, are a whole bunch of choices.

Creating gradients

In this exercise we're going to look at filling objects with gradients. And gradients are great because they add depth and interest to otherwise flat objects. I've got a big old letter B here, and by adding a gradient to it you can actually bring visual attention to it. So, let's get started. And to get yourself started, open up the gradient.png file located in your Exercise folder. To add a gradient to it, what you do is you just select the object that you want to add the gradient to. You come down to the Properties panel, and you can see that there are a number of fill options here. There's No fill, Solid fill, and right here is Gradient Fill, click it and the Gradient fill opens, this is the Gradient fill panel. And at the top, are a whole bunch of choices.

And what I love about this is the fact that you get to see how the gradients work. So you can choose here your type of gradient. We're going to go with linear. Up here at the top, this is opacity. So you can actually affect the opacity of the colors. These are the actual colors, so I'm going from white to black. And if I want to switch the order, go from back to white, just click this button right here. If I want to make the gradient a little bit more intense, let's say more black, I can just slide this along. And you can see that the gradient actually reflects the change that I've made to it. And you can change the gradient color by just clicking in the color chip here. This is called a crayon, by the way.

So if I click on it, and I want to say go from red to white, that's the color I can get, or if want to change this to black, I just pick a black and I get a nice black to red gradient. Okay, just click on the canvas. This handle here actually shows me the start point. That's what the dot is. And this shows me the length of the gradient or the gradient angle. If I move this over, you can see that it selects the paths. And then I can just change the angle here, and pull this out. And it will be a totally different look.

If I pull this down, you can see that I got more red. And I can also take the gradient across, just by swinging the handle up. And put in the start point somewhere else. Other things I can do it is if I can shorten the path you notice it changes the color. If I lengthen the path it becomes a little bit more distinct. And I can also add colors to this so you can select your object and you can either click here on the gradient fill button or you can just click on the fill color and that'll open the gradient panel.

Now, to add a gradient or to add color to a gradient, you just click on the ramp. This color to color is called a ramp. And if I double-click it, I can choose a color. So I can go like that. And you notice that the change is immediately reflected. And if I bring the black in, and your clients looks at that and he goes, no, that's not our color. Sorry, we would rather have the black and the red. Well to get rid of a color just pull it off the ramp. Other things that you can do here as I said, you can add opacity to the color, so if I pull this color down you notice that the color changes as it moves across this color chip turns grey to show me opacity.

You can also change the gradient type on the fly if you don't want a linear but a radial gradient you can do that. And choose radio. And you can see that. The radio gradient is immediately reflected in the shape. So there you go. There's working with gradients. They really are a lot of fun to work with. I've shown you how to add a gradient. Two places actually, here. With the gradient fill button. And actually the fill color, once you've chosen your gradient. Now I've shown you that you can use the gradient panel to choose the colors. You can use it to amend the colors.

You can add colors, delete colors. You can apply opacity up here and you can swap the colors so you can change the look rather than swapping crayons around And you can also change the type of gradient on the fly just by simply selecting one of the presets.

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Fireworks CS6 Workshop

76 video lessons · 4177 viewers

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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Welcome
      2m 2s
  2. 2m 34s
    1. Getting to know Fireworks CS6
      1m 50s
    2. About the project files
      44s
  3. 51m 55s
    1. Creating a new document
      7m 35s
    2. Touring the interface
      7m 45s
    3. Using the document tabs
      4m 47s
    4. Guides, grids, and rulers
      5m 18s
    5. The Fireworks panels
      3m 32s
    6. Pages
      4m 1s
    7. Layers
      5m 56s
    8. States
      3m 12s
    9. Properties
      4m 10s
    10. Preferences
      5m 39s
  4. 50m 59s
    1. Drawing shapes
      7m 42s
    2. Creating gradients
      4m 1s
    3. Using auto shapes
      4m 55s
    4. Working with color
      7m 4s
    5. Using textures and patterns
      4m 12s
    6. Creating compound shapes
      4m 48s
    7. Applying filters
      4m 17s
    8. Creating an alternate interface for the FWUser site: Part one
      6m 24s
    9. Creating an alternate interface for the FWUser site: Part two
      7m 36s
  5. 51m 4s
    1. Importing
      7m 55s
    2. Scaling
      6m 5s
    3. 9-slice scaling
      6m 47s
    4. Cropping
      4m 58s
    5. Making selections
      7m 41s
    6. Drawing tools
      6m 18s
    7. The Rubber Stamp tool
      5m 30s
    8. Project: Creating a banner image
      5m 50s
  6. 21m 45s
    1. Removing image artifacts
      4m 26s
    2. Levels and curves
      4m 53s
    3. Removing a color cast
      3m 0s
    4. Using Unsharp Mask
      4m 21s
    5. Project: Correcting a Hawaiian shirt
      5m 5s
  7. 30m 59s
    1. Creating a vector mask
      7m 57s
    2. Using the Auto Vector Mask feature
      2m 48s
    3. Creating a bitmap mask
      5m 5s
    4. Creating a text mask
      3m 38s
    5. Other masking techniques
      3m 16s
    6. Project: Building a banner ad
      8m 15s
  8. 38m 2s
    1. Text properties
      10m 35s
    2. Using text
      3m 6s
    3. Putting text on a path
      4m 49s
    4. Flowing text
      2m 45s
    5. Special characters
      3m 1s
    6. Text effects
      6m 3s
    7. Project: Creating neon text
      7m 43s
  9. 38m 11s
    1. What is a symbol?
      7m 12s
    2. Creating a graphic symbol
      3m 53s
    3. Creating a button symbol
      6m 24s
    4. Creating an animation symbol
      5m 23s
    5. Working with components
      5m 30s
    6. Symbols and the Common Library
      3m 26s
    7. Project: Building a homepage
      6m 23s
  10. 25m 26s
    1. What is wireframing?
      3m 44s
    2. Using Fireworks grids
      6m 4s
    3. Creating wireframe symbols
      6m 12s
    4. Adding a Fireworks extension
      4m 18s
    5. Project: Wireframing a prototype
      5m 8s
  11. 57m 18s
    1. Preparing for Edge
      5m 59s
    2. Using sprite sheets
      7m 0s
    3. Batch processing in Fireworks
      4m 28s
    4. Optimizing images in Fireworks
      8m 29s
    5. Using the CSS Properties panel
      5m 57s
    6. Introduction to the jQuery extension
      9m 35s
    7. Creating a custom jQuery theme
      9m 57s
    8. Applying a custom jQuery theme
      5m 53s
  12. 41m 1s
    1. Creating hotspots
      4m 3s
    2. Slicing
      9m 50s
    3. Creating shared layers
      2m 52s
    4. Export options
      5m 26s
    5. Importing Photoshop documents
      3m 58s
    6. Importing Illustrator documents
      4m 1s
    7. The Fireworks Export Wizard
      5m 47s
    8. Fireworks and Adobe Bridge
      5m 4s

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