Fireworks CS5 Essential Training
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Using more bitmap effects tools: Dodge and Burn


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Fireworks CS5 Essential Training

with Jim Babbage

Video: Using more bitmap effects tools: Dodge and Burn

Two of the Bitmap effects tools get their names from traditional photo darkroom techniques. If I move over to the Tools panel here, and click and hold on these set of tools that are in the lower-left section of the Bitmap tools, you'll see Dodge and Burn. The names of these two tools are basically taken from traditional darkroom techniques where dodging allowed you to selectively lighten part of an image that was too dark, and burning allowed you to selectively darken part of an image that was too light. We're going to use both of these tools in our cycling shot here to, again, improve the overall image a little bit.
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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 30s
    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 26s
  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 3s
    1. Understanding symbols
      5m 41s
    2. Creating graphic symbols
      13m 5s
    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 37s
    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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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
Subject:
Web
Software:
Fireworks
Author:
Jim Babbage

Using more bitmap effects tools: Dodge and Burn

Two of the Bitmap effects tools get their names from traditional photo darkroom techniques. If I move over to the Tools panel here, and click and hold on these set of tools that are in the lower-left section of the Bitmap tools, you'll see Dodge and Burn. The names of these two tools are basically taken from traditional darkroom techniques where dodging allowed you to selectively lighten part of an image that was too dark, and burning allowed you to selectively darken part of an image that was too light. We're going to use both of these tools in our cycling shot here to, again, improve the overall image a little bit.

So we'll start with our Dodge tool. Again, and again, look in the Properties panel. You'll see we've got some controls. I am going to change the Size of this brush to be a bit larger, about 22 pixels, 24, somewhere in that range. I want a nice, soft Edge to the brush, so we get nice, soft blending. I'm going to go with a Round brush. Now here is one that we haven't seen so far, Range. Now the idea behind dodging and burning is that you're going to affect a certain range of brightness in the scene. So we can choose between Shadows, Midtones and Highlights.

Typically, I tend to work mostly, when I'm dealing with the Dodge tool, with the Midtones. Sometimes you can lighten up Shadows, but there may not be enough information there to get anything other than kind of a muddy gray result. So the Midtones tend to be the range I want to work with. The last setting here is Exposure. Now this one is really important. I don't tend to use a very high value here. I like this effect to be subtle. So I usually start somewhere around 10 or 15 as an Exposure value. If it's not enough, I can always paint over the area again to make it a little bit lighter or darker.

So we're going to dodge a couple of areas here. You'll notice our two cyclists that are watching the one guy who is talking. Their faces are a bit in shadow. So we're going to use the Dodge tool to make those areas a little bit lighter, and I still need a slightly bigger brush. So I'll go in to about 40. That's good. We'll also zoom in a little bit, just so I can see things a bit better. So I'm all set. I've got a Size of 40 pixels for my brush. I've got a soft-edged brush. I'm working with the Midtones, and I've got a small Exposure value of 15.

I'm just going to start up by the top of his forehead and just paint. Keeping the mouse button held down, dragging around the midtone areas, around his face where it's in shadow, and just lightening things up in general. Now the effect may or may not be very obvious. The idea here is usually to be somewhat subtle. But if I press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac, you'll see that we actually did produce quite a different effect. It's subtle, but we have lightened up that area.

There is still detail. We haven't washed it out and made it too bright, but we've certainly made it a little easier to see the face. Now our other cyclist here, who is sitting on his bike, we'll do the same thing with this fellow. Just go ahead and use the same settings, and just paint over the midtone areas, like so. I'm not going to worry about the bike helmet, just the face area. Again, if I undo that by pressing Ctrl+Z, there is the original. If I redo it by pressing Ctrl+Y on the PC, you can see that I've got a nice little subtle change.

Now our next tool is the Burn tool. The Burn tool does the exact opposite of the Dodge tool. It adds density. It makes things darker. So in our example here, we've got our one cyclist, his jersey is kind of washed out and over exposed in this area here, and our one fellow over here and his forehead is a bit bright. So we're going to change those two areas. We'll start with the jersey and work our way over. Now again, I want to adjust my brush Size and go to about 40 again.

I want to work with the same Midtone Range. I also want to make sure I reduce this Exposure value. I'm going to go down to about 10 on this. I don't want to have a really strong effect here. Now I think, you know what? I'm going to go to a larger brush after all, go to about 60. There we go. Because I've got a big area to cover. The same idea as the Dodge tool, just hold down the mouse button and drag, and you'll see that I'm getting a slightly darker version. Now it's not affecting the highlights as much because they're highlights and we're really set to affect the Midtones.

But you can see as we go through the arm and so on, we're getting a noticeably darker area. I'll Undo that just so you can see it. I'll Redo it. So a little bit extra density there. Now over here on this fellow's forehead, that's our last little stop on this retouching trip. I'm going to zoom in a little bit more, like so. Again, I'm going to select my Burn tool, and I think I'll start actually with his jersey.

It's a little bit washed out as well. So we'll see what we can do with this first. I'm not getting too much in that area. There are not too many midtones in that area. So I'm toning down a little bit, but not much. I can certainly let go the mouse and reapply it to see if I get a different effect. I'll just Undo. That's a very subtle change in that area, but better than it was, and his forehand is the next one. I'm going to need a smaller brush for this, and I think I might also increase my Exposure just a little bit, maybe go up to about 15.

Again, it's still not a very high number. We don't want to overdo it. There we go. Bring a little bit of detail back into his forehead. I'll Undo that and then Redo it. There is not really much a change there at all in that case. So I think we'll try two things here. We'll go ahead, and we'll increase the Exposure a bit more. I think that's going to do it for us, there.

Again, it's a subtle effect, but we're seeing a bit more detail in the forehead now. So it's not burning out and washing out quite so much. We might actually try that on the jersey too. See, we can burn in those elements a little bit more as well. Okay, go back out to a Full Screen. So I'll press Ctrl+0 or Command+0, brings you out to a Full Screen View, so you can see the entire image. We got a little bit of extra touchup done there.

So when you're working with these kinds of tools, like the Dodge and Burn tool, remember to keep them at low values and if you need to, apply the effect a second time. This way you've got much more control over the end result. And again, just a reminder, these are bitmap effects. They are permanently adjusting the pixel values of your image. So if you just starting out with these tools, it's always a good idea to work with a duplicate version of the image. That way, you don't permanently affect your original work.

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