If you haven’t already, head over to Community MX and see what a digital face lift can do! Of course, this new look is more than skin deep. Here are just a few of the exciting changes that are integral to our new design.

  • New Pricing: If you ever hesitated to join CMX because of the price, you’ll be delighted to see that you can now get the student discount of $9.99 a month all year, every year. Why? Because we’re all students in this ever changing business.
  • Graded Tutorials: If you ever had trouble finding tutorials that were appropriate for your level of expertise, you’ll love the menus of graded tutorials.
  • Better search: With almost 4000 tutorials, it can be hard to locate what you’re looking for. Photo collections? JumpStarts? CSS or PHP tutorials? Find them more easily with the CMX search box.

We’re running an open house for the week so that you’ll have a chance to look around and see if what we have to offer is for you. You can also download the stunning new CMX stock photo collection of 12 images from New York City, look at scores of JumpStarts, and access thousands of extensions, tutorials, and articles that will give you a valuable technology lifeline.

Written on September 13th, 2011 , CommunityMX, Design, Education, web design, workflow Tags: , , , ,

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about updating my Twitter home page background. I discussed the steps in general, but the more I wrote, the more I realized this topic would make a really good tutorial.

So over a few days, I rebuilt my page again and wrote the piece, which is now live on Commmunity MX.

It’s a biggie, and follows my workflow from start to finish (Bridge > Photoshop > Fireworks). It’s an article I’ll be sharing with my students as well, who are currently using Fireworks in a prototyping course I teach. While there is a huge focus on Fireworks, I like the article more because it shows how to use several products in tandem with each other. In design, you don’t operate in a vacuum; chances are very good you will use at least a couple types of software to complete a project. This is something I want my students to understand.

So if you’ve got some time, drop by Community MX and check out the new tutorial. Let me know what you think.

Today my latest tutorial went live on CMX. It focuses on the advantages of Fireworks Button symbols, how to create them and how to edit them. And because design doesn’t exist in a vacuum, the article also covers how to use various tools in fireworks to create the custom artwork for the symbol, as well as how to expand an existing prototype design to  hold this new content. I packed a lot into this piece, so if you want to learn more about Button symbols (and Fireworks in general) be sure to drop by Community MX and check it out.

Well I’ve wrapped up another one. I’ve been writing a series of tutorials on Adobe Fireworks symbols for Community MX, and this marks the 3rd of four to be completed. This latest tutorial focuses on Button symbols. What they are, how to make ‘em, edit ‘em and why you need ‘em. It will most likely go live early this week so check it out if you’re of a mind.

Here’s a teaser:

Fireworks Symbols and Why They Are So @$#$!! Cool – Part 3

In the second segment of this series, you gained more practice creating and editing symbols. You got the chance to see first hand how to work with 9-slice guides in a symbol. You also turned a high-resolution bitmap image into a non-degrading, scalable symbol. On top of all that, you added some structure to the original page and added interactivity in the form of hyperlinks to both pages.

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Written on February 20th, 2011 , Adobe, Adobe Fireworks, CommunityMX, Education, Teaching Tags: , , , ,

I’ve been working on a new series for CommunityMX, focusing on Fireworks symbols. One main feature of symbols is that you can apply 9-slice scaling to them, to minimize or eliminate shape distortion when you scale an object. As of CS5, 9-slice scaling can also be applied to non-symbol objects as well. And there seems to be some confusion about how this feature works, or why/when to use it.

So, I thought this would be a perfect chance to explain 9-slice scaling to new users. A new article – Understanding 9-Slice Scaling – is born!

Here’s a little teaser on the article:

From the Fireworks Help Files

<snip> Fireworks provides two methods of 9-slice scaling: symbol scaling with permanent slicing guides you can readjust, and standard scaling with temporary guides you apply once. Symbol scaling is ideal for objects you plan to reuse many times. Standard scaling is ideal for quick, one-time adjustments to bitmap objects or basic shapes that you’re incorporating into design mock-ups. </snip>

Regardless of which method you use, the guides work in pretty much the same manner.

Let’s have a look at an symbol object that has 9-slice scaling guides applied to it.

example of an object with 9-slice guides applied

For more on 9-slice, drop by CommunityMX and check out the article.

Written on February 8th, 2011 , Adobe Fireworks, CommunityMX, Teaching Tags: , , ,

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