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Workshop

You have just about completed the second hour of learning about animation techniques in Fireworks. This final section tests your memory, and the exercises at the end take these techniques a little further.

Q&A

Q1:When I use the Tween Instances command, all copies end up on the same frame. How do I get them placed on consecutive frames?
A1: When indicating the number of steps for a motion tween, make sure the Distribute to Frames check box is checked. If the check box were not checked and all instances were created on a single frame, select all instances with the pointer and click the Distribute to Frames button at the bottom of the Frames panel.
Q2:I’ve turned on multi-frame editing, but I can see only the active frame. Where are the onion skins?
A2: You can use the Onion Skinning button to turn on the onion skins for just the next frame, for the frames before and after, or for all frames. You can also click the left column of a frame row in the Frames panel to move the range markers for onion skins to include that frame and any frames in front of or behind the currently active frame.
Q3:My animated GIF files are way too big when I export them. What can I do to make them smaller?
A3: The major culprit is usually too many frames. Cut down on the total number of frames to cut down on size. Change the palette to use fewer colors, if possible. Make sure that the motion in the image takes up only a small portion of the Canvas. Finally, increase the Loss setting in the Optimize panel or in the Export Preview dialog to further reduce size.


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