stroke and fill on the tools toolbar. To actually increase of decrease the line
thickness, you will have to open the stroke panel (Window>Stoke).
Creating a Half Circle:
- You can half a circle using the eraser tool .
Click on the circle you want to half, click the eraser tool, then while holding
down the left mouse, drag between the two blue circles as shown in the example
above. Hint: If you hold down the shift key, you can draw a perfectly straight
This is the circle
shown above divided into two halves. If you only want one half, simply select
the half you do not want and then click the delete key.
- Select the rounded rectangle tool ,
then while holding down the left mouse, click and drag open the rounded rectangle.
While holding down the mouse button, press the Up/Down Arrow Keys to adjust
the roundness of the rectangle.
You can always edit the roundness of the rectangle AFTER you've drawn it by
adjusting the Roundness Setting in the Objects Panel. Be sure to have the rectangle
selected before adjusting the Roundness Setting. If you don't see this panel,
Creating Stars In Fireworks:
- Begin by double clicking the Polygon Tool to
open the Polygon Options Palette shown below.
Choose Star from the pop up menu. Change the Sides to 5 and select Automatic
for starters. This will give you your basic star shape.
- Click and drag out a star.
- Adjust the settings. Now, you can play with the different sides and angles
to create some unique stars.
- Adjust the angle. Changing the angle will automatically deselect the "Automatic"
option. Fireworks default angle for stars is 38.
Creating Triangles Using the Polygon Tool:
- Begin by double clicking the Polygon Tool to open the Polygon Options Palette
as you did above with the star shape.
Select polygon, then select 3 for number of sides.
Drag out your triangle.
Creating Symmetrical Shapes:
- Open a new file with 200 x 200 x 72 pixels.
- Make sure the Rulers are on, if not go to View > rulers.
- Drag a guideline right in the center at 100 pixels. To activate the guideline,
simple click in the left margin of the window, hold down your left mouse and
drag the guideline out.
- Here I am trying to draw a symmetrical heart, Select the pen tool
and draw one half of the heart as shown below.
I have several blue dots on mine. This is how many times I clicked on the canvas
to get the shape.
Use the freeform tool to pull
the blue dots around to get a better shape. You will have to rotate between
the freeform tool and the subselection tool .
- Now copy this shape and paste it again on the same canvas, by default it
will be pasted on the original shape created, select it with the arrow tool
and move it aside as shown below
- Now go to Modify > Transform > Flip Horizontal, it should look like
as shown below.
- Your heart is taking up shape now as you can see, Now comes the real trick,
do not worry its not very tricky.
- Align the shape you just pasted on the right to the one on the left so that
both the upper and lower points stick to each other by their edges, the trick
to do this is to, go to Modify > Align > Center Horizontal, you will
get something like shown below.
- Now keeping both the shapes selected go to Modify > combine > Union
With a little
more effort, this heart could be a work of art. This exercise was just an example
of what you can do using the pen, freeform, and subselection tool. The possibilities