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.

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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