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Hour 4. Working with Bitmap Images > Drawing and Painting

Drawing and Painting

The tools you’ll use most often when drawing and painting in bitmap mode are the pencil, the brush, and the eraser. The paint bucket is also very useful, and that will be discussed along with the color selection tools in the next hour, “Editing Bitmap Graphics.” The pencil is used mostly for editing at the pixel level and for creating fine outlines for masks. The Brush tool is really a set of brushes; it can mimic an airbrush, watercolors, oils, acrylics—you name it. The Brush tool is used for creative bitmap work and retouching. The eraser removes color information from pixels. The paint bucket fills an area of similarly colored pixels. You’ll be introduced to the rest of the bitmap tools in the next hour and Hour 6, “Improving Photos.”

The most useful tool when working with bitmaps is undo. Undo has the power to immediately erase your mistakes and return your work to wherever you started. You can undo a drawing step by choosing Undo from the Edit menu or by pressing Control+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Macintosh). Fireworks saves multiple levels of undo in the History panel, allowing you to go back any number of steps to correct any mistakes.



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