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Fireworks CS5 Essential Training
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Using the Kuler panel for color inspiration


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Fireworks CS5 Essential Training

with Jim Babbage

Video: Using the Kuler panel for color inspiration

Deciding on what colors you are going to use for a Web design or an application, or even just an illustration, can be pretty challenging at times. But thanks to the Adobe Swatch Exchange support in Fireworks, we can now use Adobe Kuler to help us pick our colors. So let's take a look here. I've got a little sample image here, and I want to pull the top five dominant colors out of this particular image. Now I can do this through Adobe Kuler online. So I am just going to hop over to my Web browser, and I'm already logged into Adobe Kuler. Now one of the things I really like about Adobe Kuler, other than the fact that it's a community-driven Web site, is the fact that I can create my own custom colors from any kind of graphic that I can upload.
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  1. 3m 42s
    1. Welcome
      1m 22s
    2. What is Fireworks?
      1m 59s
    3. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 1h 27m
    1. Creating and opening documents
      7m 36s
    2. Understanding the interface
      9m 43s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 18s
    4. Setting up rulers, guides, and grids
      10m 7s
    5. Using tooltips and Smart Guides
      5m 40s
    6. Working with panels
      9m 29s
    7. Working with pages
      8m 59s
    8. Working with layers
      13m 13s
    9. Working with states
      4m 35s
    10. Using the Properties panel
      4m 38s
    11. Using the Preferences panel
      7m 34s
  3. 52m 39s
    1. Understanding the Fireworks PNG format
      2m 11s
    2. Saving and exporting files
      5m 11s
    3. Importing files
      5m 34s
    4. Opening Photoshop files
      6m 7s
    5. Opening Illustrator files
      3m 58s
    6. Exporting a single file
      9m 57s
    7. Using the Image Preview window
      1m 52s
    8. Using the Export Area tool
      3m 10s
    9. Creating PDF files
      4m 16s
    10. Saving Photoshop files
      5m 48s
    11. Using Fireworks files for Illustrator
      4m 35s
  4. 1h 2m
    1. Understanding bitmaps
      1m 32s
    2. Resizing images
      3m 48s
    3. Using the selection tools
      8m 0s
    4. Using the drawing tools
      8m 19s
    5. Retouching with the corrective tools: Rubber Stamp
      12m 16s
    6. Using the bitmap effects tools: Blur, Sharpen, and Replace Color
      7m 33s
    7. Using more bitmap effects tools: Dodge and Burn
      7m 1s
    8. Improving images using the Levels filter
      8m 15s
    9. Creating a bitmap mask with a selection
      6m 2s
  5. 1h 10m
    1. Looking at the vector toolset
      6m 53s
    2. Using the Pen tool
      7m 32s
    3. Editing vector shapes with the Freeform and Reshape Area tools
      4m 35s
    4. Filling shapes with patterns and live filters
      3m 17s
    5. Using Auto Shapes
      7m 24s
    6. Using shapes as image elements
      4m 16s
    7. Scaling shapes
      5m 28s
    8. Masking objects with vector shapes
      7m 13s
    9. Applying strokes
      5m 52s
    10. Using Vector Path and Path Scrubber
      6m 9s
    11. Using the Compound Shape tool
      7m 40s
    12. Using Snap to Pixel
      2m 15s
    13. Using Gradient Dither
      1m 46s
  6. 51m 18s
    1. Understanding symbols
      5m 41s
    2. Creating graphic symbols
      13m 11s
    3. Creating button symbols
      10m 22s
    4. Creating animation symbols
      5m 4s
    5. Sharing symbols with the Common Library
      1m 37s
    6. Editing the instance of a symbol
      3m 46s
    7. Adding component symbols to a design
      8m 46s
    8. Exporting and importing symbols
      2m 51s
  7. 17m 34s
    1. Creating GIF animations
      9m 31s
    2. Animating with Twist and Fade
      3m 47s
    3. Creating a tweened animation
      4m 16s
  8. 26m 46s
    1. Using text in Fireworks
      7m 19s
    2. Understanding text properties
      3m 14s
    3. Adding text in a path
      4m 43s
    4. Adding text to a path
      4m 31s
    5. Using text as a mask
      3m 35s
    6. Maintaining crisp text in web images
      3m 24s
  9. 28m 35s
    1. Having fun with filters
      8m 44s
    2. Working with Styles
      4m 10s
    3. Using Blend Modes
      4m 40s
    4. Converting bitmap selections to paths
      3m 50s
    5. Working with Adobe Swatch Exchange files
      2m 33s
    6. Using the Kuler panel for color inspiration
      4m 38s
  10. 1h 14m
    1. Understanding the web toolset
      1m 51s
    2. Creating hotspots
      6m 22s
    3. Using the Slice tool
      8m 57s
    4. Using a master page
      5m 20s
    5. Sharing layers across pages
      4m 49s
    6. Sharing web layers across pages
      3m 30s
    7. Using HTML component symbols
      3m 15s
    8. Creating choices and showing design options to clients
      7m 7s
    9. Importing pages
      2m 47s
    10. Previewing the mockup
      4m 17s
    11. Using HTML prototyping
      5m 22s
    12. Improving the workflow
      20m 30s
  11. 33m 19s
    1. Optimizing images for export, part 1
      15m 36s
    2. Optimizing images for export, part 2
      13m 36s
    3. Generating a CSS-based layout
      4m 7s
  12. 22m 20s
    1. Integrating Fireworks, FXG, and Flash Catalyst
      3m 56s
    2. Integrating Fireworks and Flash
      3m 46s
    3. Using roundtrip editing between Dreamweaver and Fireworks
      5m 52s
    4. Copying and pasting objects to Dreamweaver
      2m 57s
    5. Integrating Fireworks and Device Central
      4m 13s
    6. Working with Bridge
      1m 36s
  13. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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Fireworks CS5 Essential Training
8h 51m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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In Fireworks CS5 Essential Training, author Jim Babbage gives a detailed overview of Fireworks CS5, Adobe's software for creating and optimizing web graphics and interactive prototypes. This course includes a detailed tour of the interface, the enhanced PNG format, and the image editing toolset in Fireworks. Critical concepts, such as prototyping for HTML applications and working with symbols, the heart of an efficient workflow in Fireworks, are covered in detail. Exercise files are included with this course.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Working with pages, layers, and states
  • Importing content
  • Comparing bitmaps and vectors
  • Creating and editing vector shapes
  • Converting artwork into graphic, button, and animation symbols
  • Animating in Fireworks
  • Maintaining crisp text in web images
  • Sharing content between pages
  • Optimizing images for export
  • Integrating with Device Central, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Flash Catalyst
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Prototyping Web Design
Software:
Fireworks
Author:
Jim Babbage

Using the Kuler panel for color inspiration

Deciding on what colors you are going to use for a Web design or an application, or even just an illustration, can be pretty challenging at times. But thanks to the Adobe Swatch Exchange support in Fireworks, we can now use Adobe Kuler to help us pick our colors. So let's take a look here. I've got a little sample image here, and I want to pull the top five dominant colors out of this particular image. Now I can do this through Adobe Kuler online. So I am just going to hop over to my Web browser, and I'm already logged into Adobe Kuler. Now one of the things I really like about Adobe Kuler, other than the fact that it's a community-driven Web site, is the fact that I can create my own custom colors from any kind of graphic that I can upload.

So I'm going to Kuler to Create option, and this brings me into the Create Section, and what I want to do is create From an Image. I can also create From a Color if I want to as well, but I'm going to work with an image. Now this isn't the one that I want. So I am going to upload an image from my hard drive. So I am going to choose Upload, and I am going to go into my Desktop, go to my Exercise Folder, and locate my olive_colors image. And this is a PNG file. It is a Fireworks PNG file, but PNG format is handled quite well by the Web, regardless of whether it is a Fireworks document or not.

It's just as a Fireworks PNG, it happens to be a lot bigger than your average PNG. So I am going to open this up, and as soon as the file loads, you'll see that Kuler has already gone in and picked my Colors based on a Mood. Now in this case, it chose Colorful. And if I scroll down a little bit, here you'll see the colors that are being pulled up from that specific design. I can go with Bright, and you see as I choose these different Moods, Kuler adjusts the color range for me. And not only can I pick from this particular image, but I can select any one of these individual sampling points.

And once it's selected, I can use my arrow keys to reposition that sampling point to pick a different color, which is also kind of interesting. So I can get a head start with Kuler, and then I can customize it a little bit myself. Now once I have got something that I like, I can give it a name. I am going to call this olive oil. I can add some Tags in here, if I want to be searching for it. I am going to type in the word olive and green, and I am going to Save this. Now before I Save it, I am going to switch to a Public Color Scheme, so anybody can actually share this, and I'll Save it.

And I am brought back to the main Kuler screen, and you'll see that my five color samples are now part of one of the themes that I can pick from. And that, itself, is kind of neat. I've got all these different ones I can look at here. But what I want to do with this is I want to turn this into a set of colors I can use in Fireworks. So if I move over to the right-hand side of Adobe Kuler, I have got the option, right here in this icon, to Download this theme as an Adobe Swatch Exchange file. So I am just going to click on that button and I will quick Save. So that set has now been downloaded to my computer, I can hop back over to Fireworks.

I can go back to my Swatches panel, and I can choose to replace those existing Swatches with my new set. There we go. There is olive_oil right there. You select it. Click Open. Now I've got my five predominantly darker deep toned colors from that specific image. I can utilize these in my designs, filling vector shapes, working with text, but the great thing is I know that the colors were sampled from a professionally designed piece of Artwork, and the colors are designed to work together. Now another option you have got when it comes to Kuler is working with the Kuler panel right within Fireworks.

We go up to your Window menu > Extensions, there is an option to launch a Kuler panel right inside of Fireworks. So I can click on that and the Kuler panel will load up, and I can search for different Themes based on Popularity, Highest Rated, the Newest Colors, Random Search, Saved Searches, or even create my own Custom Search. I can also search based on Timeframe. Now once I have found a color that I like, oh, I think I'll go with the Untouchables, with mouse over it. I get a little bit of information about the color scheme. And if I click on it to select it, and I click on the little expander triangle here, I can choose to Edit the Theme.

I can add it to my Swatches panel. Or I can even go right out to Kuler and view it online. What I think I am going to do is I am going to use the set of Swatches as a new Swatch file. So first thing I am going to do is go over to my Swatches panel, clear out the existing Swatches, so an empty panel. I'll go back to the Color Theme, and I'll add those Swatches to my panel. And there they are showing up inside Swatches panel. And in order to turn this into an ASE file that I can use in Fireworks or share with Illustrator or Photoshop designers, just click on the Options menu and choose to Save Swatches.

And then I can go ahead and Save this Swatch File. I have two format options here, but I am going to stick with ASE, and just click Save. So if you are having difficulty picking colors for your Web site, you might want to check out Adobe Kuler and see if it can help you out.

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