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Introduction

Introduction

Macromedia Fireworks MX is a powerful design and graphics editor, and Macromedia Dreamweaver MX is a robust visual Web page authoring tool. Used together, Fireworks MX and Dreamweaver MX are a powerful pair of Web design tools offering a complete Web development solution. The two programs offer integration features to aid your workflow as you design and optimize your graphics, build your HTML pages, and place the Web graphics on the page.

This Macromedia Training from the Source program introduces you to the major features of Fireworks MX by guiding you step by step through the creation of several Web pages. The book's 11 lessons begin with the bitmap tools to edit an image and then take you though the steps of creating a logo for a fictitious company and designing Web pages. You then add rollover buttons and export your pages as HTML files. The last lesson covers the integration between Fireworks MX and Dreamweaver MX. This book is not intended to teach you Dreamweaver, but you use Dreamweaver MX in Lesson 11 to see how Fireworks MX and Dreamweaver MX work together. For step-by-step instruction in Dreamweaver MX, see Macromedia Dreamweaver MX: Training from the Source, also published by Macromedia Press.

This roughly 16-hour curriculum includes these lessons:

Lesson 1: Bitmap Editing

Lesson 2: Using Vector Tools

Lesson 3: Working with Layers

Lesson 4: Adding Text

Lesson 5: Advanced Techniques

Lesson 6: Creating Buttons

Lesson 7: Creating Slices and Hotspots

Lesson 8: Optimizing and Exporting

Lesson 9: Creating GIF Animations

Lesson 10: Masking and Pop-Up Menus

Lesson 11: Integrating with Dreamweaver MX

Each lesson begins with an overview of its contents and what you can expect to learn. Lessons are divided into focused, bite-size tasks to build your Fireworks skills. Each lesson builds on what you've learned in previous lessons.

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