How did you learn Fireworks?
Posted 11 October 2010 - 07:16 PM
How did you go about learning Fireworks when you first started using it?
Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:18 PM
Mostly I learn new tools simply by using it and having projects or work that I need to get done. Deadlines and paychecks can be great learning aides.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 05:08 PM
I got access to Adobe, Jasc, Macromedia, Corel.. all of them. Paintshop was simple, Photoshop was weird. Then there was this thing .. Macromedia Fireworks 4. I opened couple premade documents with some globes and tweaked it around by moving and destroying stuff. I figured out that this might be nice tool to create freaky artwork for freaky band with freaky music. Later on I got into the actual webdesign and now i somehow have ended up with professional webdesigner / illustrator using FW as my primary tool. weeird.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 05:24 PM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 09:57 PM
I started with Fireworks V1.2 The first time it came bundled with Dreamweaver. The first book I bought was Joe Lowery's Fireworks Bible and it really opened my eyes to the potential of the app. From there, I kept creating things - design orientated, web layouts, etc and like David, I look at tutorials for other apps like Photoshop and tried to reproduce the tutorial in Fireworks.
Version 1.2? Was that delivered on 8-inch floppy disks?
I started studying information processing on the web in 1996-97 while I was still a psychology professor, but I only used text editors for writing HTML and relied on ready-made icons and images. I didn't start getting into web graphics until late 1999 or early 2000, and by then Fireworks was at the v3 / v4 period. It was a real eye-opener for me, because I started to understand how the ready-made graphics I had been using were created in the first place, and now I could create custom graphics myself!
Posted 20 October 2010 - 11:24 PM
The question is, as I understand it: How does one LEARN Fireworks?
So, let me see if I can address that.
First, pick a single tutorial, (which nowadays are just a Google Search away) and learn that specific task that the tutorial details. Repeat the tutorial at least 2-3 times until you can easily skip over steps and/or just produce the end result in the tutorial from memory.
Second, repeat this with another tutorial, etc.
My point is, it is very easy to get overwhelmed in Fireworks because there are SO MANY THINGS it can do. I always refer to it as my Swiss Army Knife! And, that's the point. A Swiss Army Knife has all these fancy gadgets built into it, but you rarely use more than one or two at a time, and maybe, in some cases, you might not use everything. It will depend a lot on your work flow.
As you work through a tutorial at a time, maybe set a goal, 1 or 2 per week, or even 1 every other day. It just depends on how much time you have to dedicate to learning the program.
Along the way, in between, do as Dave suggests and 'play' with the program, meaning do the things you know already and then see what happens when you try something else.
Also, I am about halfway through Jim's book: "Fireworks CS5 Classroom in A Book" and that is a great place to take a chapter per day or so to learn a new technique.
You can buy the book here.
Hope that helps?
Posted 12 February 2011 - 08:33 PM
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Posted 14 August 2011 - 02:02 PM
how i learnd it.. hmm maybe by doing something.. I've looked at a picture and wondered how I could do it in fireworks.. so I learned more and more tricks.. it was more complicated..
Now you do not think how to do it but do what you want
Posted 19 August 2011 - 08:49 AM