How to Create Graphics with Fireworks CS5 Vector Tools – For Dummies

The Vector tools in Adobe Fireworks Creative Suite 5 are similar to the ones you may be used to in Illustrator or Photoshop. You should notice right off the bat in Fireworks that every time you create a new vector shape with one of the vector tools (like Line, Pen, Shape, or Type), Fireworks creates a new sublayer automatically. This arrangement lets you move the shapes freely and independently. To use a shape tool, simply click it and drag it in the workspace. A shape is created, and a new sublayer is added automatically in the Layers panel. In addition to the basic shape tools, Fireworks has more shapes that are useful for designing buttons, icons, and other web graphics. To find these shapes, click and hold the Rectangle tool in the Tools panel. Hidden shape tools appear such as stars, arrows, and beveled rectangles. After you create a shape using a shape tool, you can edit it by using the Pointer and Subselection tools: The most popular vector tool in most applications is the Pen tool. Using this tool in a freeform manner, you can create any shape you want (including the type you need to make a button look like it has a reflection, for example) or create your own, custom graphics. If you have a hard time using the Pen tool or want to make freeform adjustments, you can get truly excellent results by using the Freeform tool. To use the Freeform tool with an existing path active (select it with the Pointer tool), follow these steps: Another tool hidden in the Freeform tool is the Reshape Area tool, which is handy for reshaping existing paths. This tool lets you set a reshape size area in the Properties panel and then edit selected paths by clicking and dragging over them. The additional path-scrubber tools let you edit paths that have pressure-sensitive strokes. In fact if you do not have paths created using a pressure-sensitive device, you cannot use these tools. Source.


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