Color a Coloring Sheet in Adobe Fireworks
Lesson Created by Patricia Janann Nicholson
Find a coloring sheet by clicking on the link below. Click on the picture you wish to color to open the coloring sheet in a zip file. Click open when prompted to open the coloring sheet in a browser window. When the zip file opens, drag the graphic file to your folder and open it Fireworks. Once you have the coloring sheet in Fireworks, continue with the instructions below:
There are several steps that you will repeat over and over to finish the coloring sheet. I am going to list them here then will give directions on how to complete these steps below:
- Select the area to color with the magic wand
- Select the fill color you want to paint the area with
- Using the paint bucket tool pour the fill into the selected area
- Copy the selection
- Create a new layer on the layers palette
- Rename the layer (face, shirt, etc.)
- Paste the selection on this new layer
- Add a filter (bevel, emboss) to give it a 3D effect
- Click back on the original layer that contains the coloring sheet and repeat the steps until all areas are colored
Select the area to color with the magic wand
- Select the magic wand tool on the tools panel.
- Click in an area you wish to color. You will need to work with the tolerance level on the Properties Inspector until you get the right amount of selection.
- To select more than one selection, for example you are going to color the cartoons hair and it only selects part of the hair, press the Shirt key and continue selecting all the areas you with to color that one color. You will see what looks like magic ants surrounding the fill area:
Select the fill color you want to paint the area with
- Click on the fill tool on the tools panel and select a color you with to use as the fill.
Using the paint bucket tool pour the fill into the selected area
- Click the paint bucket tool , then click over the selected area to fill with the color.
Copy the selection
- With the area still selected choose Edit > Copy.
Create a new layer on the layers palette
- Go to the layers palette. It is located on the right of your document and looks like the graphic below:
- If you don't see it click Window, and choose Layers. If Layers has a check mark beside the text, this means the palette is open in the program.
- Click on the new layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette.
- A new layer named Layer 2 will appear above the Layer 1 layer.
Rename the layer (hair, face, shirt, etc.)
- Double click on the text Layer 2 in the Layers Palette and type in what your selection represents. For my example I am going to type in "Hair."
- Once you hit the enter key your layers palette should now look like this:
Paste the selection on this new layer
- Make sure you are on the layer named Hair. It will appear blue as shown in the graphic above.
- Select Edit > Paste.
- Your layers palette should now look like the graphic below:
- You will notice in the document window that the area you pasted is selected with a blue rectangle.
Add a filter (bevel, emboss) to give it a 3D effect
- In the Properties Inspector palette at the bottom of the document window (if not open, select Window > Properties), you will now notice that the filters option is now visible.
- Click the plus button to see the options available. We are going to add a filter to give the cartoon a more 3D effect. I am going to add an Inner Bevel to the hair.
- Once you select your filter you will then determine the width and appearance of the filter.
- Try experimenting with different effect. Once applied and you don't want to use it, simply click the minus button to erase it.
- Here are the options I used for the hair:
- Here is how the hair appears with the Inner Bevel applied.
Click back on the original layer that contains the coloring sheet and repeat the steps until all areas are colored.
- Click back on Layer 1 and repeat the steps above.
Now you will need to export the graphic so you can insert it into a word document. at the Optimize panel make sure gif is selected. If you don't see this panel click Window and select Optimize.
Now you are going to export this to your student folder. Click File > Export. Navigate to your student folder, assign it a name, and click save.
Open Microsoft Word. Click Insert > Picture > From File and select your exported graphic. Your cartoon worksheet should now be visible in Word.
Include your name at the bottom of the document (Created by: Your Name).