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: , , , ,

If you are using Adobe products in your curriculum (or for yourself) please check out the Adobe Education Exchange. It contains a continually growing list of resources and curriculum from educators across the globe, including some from yours truly.

Currently there are over 1,500 resources and more than 5,000 members. Resources include tutorials, course outlines, lesson plans and modules, tips and techniques, even sample files.

To visit the exchange, go to:

You will need to create an Adobe ID to get to the curriculum, but getting an Adobe ID is free and well worth the few minutes it takes to sign up.

Written on February 17th, 2011 , Adobe, Adobe Fireworks, Education, Learning, Teaching Tags: , , , ,

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