creates good graphics that can make your web page stand out and
be exciting. GOOD graphics, however, take time to create. You don't
have to be the world's best artist, but a little imagination and
ingenuity will go a long way.
The most important
thing to remember about graphics for the web is that they are larger
in file size than text, and therefore will take longer to download.
There is nothing more annoying than to have to wait for a page to
load because someone decided to stick a 150K image on as a background.
A rule of thumb
is to keep images below 30K and to remember to save Photographs
as .jpg and icons and text as .gif
It's best to
have Photoshop open in another window and toggle back and forth.
is Macromedia's answer to creating graphics that are designed specifically
for the World Wide Web. As every designer knows, Web graphics need
to be small in size to transport across narrow bandwidths quickly.
In the past, a good designer has had to use several packages to
allow an image to have the properties needed, as well as be small.
With Fireworks all of that is integrated into one application.
assume you have a working knowledge of a paint program such as Photoshop.
Keep in mind
that Fireworks has many more features than are covered in these
tutorials. Dr. Missy's Fireworks Tutorials are designed to get you
familiar with the software, not to make you an expert. The more
you practice, the better your understanding.
You will get
more from the tutorials if you open Fireworks and toggle back and
forth between the tutorial and the application