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Using text in Fireworks


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Fireworks CS5 Essential Training

with Jim Babbage

Video: Using text in Fireworks

Text is a very important part of most designs. Many features typically reserved for desktop publishing applications, such as using a variety of Fonts, Font Sizes, Kerning, Spacing, Leading and so on are also found inside of Fireworks. Now, Fireworks shares the same text engine as both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, which means opening a PSD file or AI file that contains text is not likely to produce any surprises. Fireworks CS5 also includes many enhancements of text handling, such as the ability to select characters with similar attributes inside of a text block, the ability to multi-select text characters inside of a text block, and also the ability to undo or redo changes while you're still in Text Editing mode, which means you can make changes at the character level rather than affecting the entire text block.
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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 text in Fireworks

Text is a very important part of most designs. Many features typically reserved for desktop publishing applications, such as using a variety of Fonts, Font Sizes, Kerning, Spacing, Leading and so on are also found inside of Fireworks. Now, Fireworks shares the same text engine as both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, which means opening a PSD file or AI file that contains text is not likely to produce any surprises. Fireworks CS5 also includes many enhancements of text handling, such as the ability to select characters with similar attributes inside of a text block, the ability to multi-select text characters inside of a text block, and also the ability to undo or redo changes while you're still in Text Editing mode, which means you can make changes at the character level rather than affecting the entire text block.

You can also copy and paste text from Microsoft Word, and even import RTF files directly into a Fireworks document. So let's take a look at a couple of these options on getting text into a page. We have our Mockup page here, and it's somewhat bereft of copy. So we are going to add some text into this. Now I do have Microsoft Word open. There is a file sitting right there. There is some text for our, Who we are section. So I am going to select that, and I am going to copy it, and I'll hop back over to Fireworks.

A couple of things about copying and pasting text: First of all, make sure you have a text block in your document that you are going to paste into. If you just paste the text without having a text block active, you're going to end up pasting a bitmap of the text, which is not really what we want. So I've got my Type tool selected. I am just going to draw a Type Box as roughly the width that I want. I am not too worried about the height because that'll be controlled by the text itself. So I have drawn my box. I am going to take a look down in my Properties panel and make sure that my settings are acceptable.

I am going to work with Georgia and a Regular Font Style, 14 pixels. I've got full Bold and full Italic applied in here for now. So now that I am sure my font properties are the way I want them, I just press Ctrl+V to Paste or Command+V on the Mac. You'll see that text gets dropped right in. I am going to zoom in a little bit so it makes a little more sense here. There we go. Looking at it now I realize a couple of things, first of all it's a little small and second of all, the Bold and Italic aren't really working for me. So I am going to make a couple of changes. I'm going to get rid of the Bold, and I am going to get rid of the Italic from the Properties panel.

So I've got straight text. I want to make the text larger as I mentioned. So I am going to increase the Size to about 18 pixels. There we are. That's a little bit better, a little bit larger. I'll use my Pointer tool to reposition my text. The text is still a bit hard to read. The line spacing is not really making this a readable paragraph of text. So I am going to increase my Leading as well. That is another option I've got here in the Properties panel. I am just going to change it from 120. I am going to go up to about 160.

That makes it a lot easier to read. Now if I zoom out a little bit, you'll notice it also makes the text a lot longer, and it's bleeding into our other text boxes. I'm not worried about that right now because we are going to be doing something with this text to help it wrap around the photo you see beside it. So that'll be coming up in an upcoming lesson. I want to do one more thing here with text to bring some text in, and that's where our Sign Up box currently has no information in it whatsoever. So we could, if we had a Word Document, copy and paste again. We could type the text in ourselves.

But I have a little file, an RTF file that I want to import into this page. So I am just going to go to File > Import, and I have a little document here called sign up. So I am going to select that, and click on Open. Then I get my normal Import icon here. So I am just going to draw a box, like so, and the text gets dropped into that. Now the other option I've got is I can just click and let the text be handled by Fireworks. I am going to undo that. I am going to import one more time.

Let's see what happens when we just let Fireworks do the work for us. I am just going to click rather than clicking and dragging. You'll see that the text comes in a slightly different size and also the text block itself looks a little bit different. So we are going to make a couple changes to this. We are going to resize the text box just by dragging one of the control handles. You are going to see the text reflows, and I'll zoom in a little bit, so it's a little easier to see this as well. There we go, and I also want to change the font here.

Again, I am going to go back to Georgia, and I think I'll beef this up to about 14. Again, I am going to increase the Leading here to about 120, makes it a little bit easier to read, and let's just take a quick look, over to 100%. My other text is actually a bit larger. So I think I'll follow along with the same settings there. Let's just see what this one was.

That was 18 as well. So nice thing is it's all text so it's easy enough to change. I think I'll also beef up my Leading, here we go. Now one other option we've got, I'll zoom out a little bit here, just clicking the Zoom tool and holing down the Option key, zoom out a little. Now if you don't have Word documents or RTF files supplied by your client, but you still need to drop some text in for placement, you can also use another command inside of Fireworks to add-in some Lorem ipsum text.

We are going to do that in our trivia section. So right here, I am going to go ahead and select that textbox. We are going to scale that. Make it a little bit taller. Let's follow the same height as my Monthly Specials. There we go. Just to make things a little easier for me, I want to hide that top text layer. We are going to be working with the top text box a little bit later on. So I don't want to get rid of it, but I do want to hide it from view so it's not quite so distracting. There we go.

So now we've got a nice open space here to work with. I am going to go to my Commands menu, and I'm going to go to my Text commands. One of the commands I have in here is the Lorem ipsum command. This will basically give me a single paragraph of text that I can use inside of my Fireworks document. I'll just zoom out a little bit, so you can see where that went. There it is there. It is a full paragraph. I can just drag that down, reposition it, and it's regular plain old text, so I'll zoom in a little so we can see things.

I'll just grab my Type tool, click inside, and I think I'll reduce it down to one sentence. Just delete that. Then I'll resize, and I'll just resize my text block a little bit. There we go. I can just sort of match things up, and see if that's suitable. So it's coming in as Georgia as well. It's 18 points. It's basically matching the existing text. When you work with the Lorem ipsum command it will work with whatever your last text settings happened to be.

So we have got three different ways to bring in text into our document. We can copy and paste from Microsoft Word. We can import RTF documents, and if we don't have any original copy to work with, we have also got the Lorem ipsum command to add that in.

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