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Lesson 5. Advanced Techniques > Changing the Opacity

Changing the Opacity

Look at the gray inner circle in your CD. The circle is a solid color; you cannot see the pastel color of the circle beneath it. By changing the opacity of the circle, you can control the amount of transparency in the fill.

Select the gray middle circle and then drag the Opacity slider in the Property inspector to 50 percent.

You can experiment with the percentage amount and set it to your liking. You want the pastel colors of the larger circle to show through the middle circle. If you are looking at a CD, this middle section is actually transparent, but adding a little color gives it more interest.

The CD is almost complete. Look again at a CD, to see the outside edge that reflects the depth of the CD. To create this edge, you will draw another circle and add a beveled effect.

Draw another circle from the center out and make it slightly larger than the pastel circle. Change the fill color of this circle to dark gray.

Fireworks retains the stroke and fill of the last selected object (in this example, the gray circle) and uses those settings for the next object you draw.

The circle is on top of the other circles and needs to be moved to the back. There are several ways you can move the top circle. You can choose Modify > Arrange > Send to Back, or you can use the Modify toolbar (in Windows only). You can also use the Layers panel to change the stacking order of objects as you will do in the next step.

On the Layers panel, drag the object for the circle (it’s labeled Path) below the other two objects on the layer.

You’ll see a black (or double) line as you drag that indicates the position of the object. Release the mouse button when the black line is below the last object on the layer. The circle is now placed beneath the other circle.


The other two circles are labeled Composite Path on the Layers panel. A composite path is created when you combine two paths. When you used the Punch command, you combined the larger circle with the smaller circle, creating a composite path.

Click the eye icons on the Layers panel to hide the two circles that are now on top of the gray circle.

Using the Layers panel to selectively hide and show layers or object stacks makes working on a single object easy.

Select the gray circle and add an Inner Bevel filter. Click outside the settings window to close it and then click the eye icons again on the Layers panel to see the other circles.

You can leave the bevel settings at the defaults. Once you display the other circles, can you see a problem? The hole for the CD is now covered with the bottom circle.

You need to punch another hole in the bottom circle. Again, hide the top two circles so you can see only the gray bottom circle. Draw another circle and then repeat the steps as you did before to punch this circle in the gray circle.

Make sure that the new circle you draw is as large or larger than the middle circle; otherwise, you will see it through the hole in the CD. Display the other circles, and your CD is complete.

Save your file.



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