Fireworks’s document structure is a little strange if you are not familiar with it, but it is really powerful. I made a little picture to explain the basic file structural elements.
All Fireworks files contain at least one page, one state, and two layers. This is the basic structural setup of a Fireworks document.
Pages are the top level structural element for our document. All your assets are belong to a page. Think of pages in Fireworks as you would pages on a website, or pages in a book.
• Multiple pages are supported.
• Pages can be different sizes.
• Assets can be selectively shared across multiple pages.
A “State” is a particular iteration of a given page. A web button may have multiple states, such as ‘rollover’ and ‘click’. These variations can be created as states. Simple web animations can also be created by using states.
• Multiple states can be created for each page.
• Assets can be shared across states.
Layers are the structural element that contain the actual assets. In Fireworks, Layers have a folder icon, while individual elements are contained within the layer.
• Web Layer is a default share layer for image slices.
• Layer 1 is the default blank initial layer.
• Layers are NOT shared across states by default.
• Layer assets can be shared across States or Pages.
The Properties Panel is a context sensative panel that provies formatting options for a given selection. The properties panel is responsible for controling the Character and Paragraph appearance, Stroke and Fill, Transparency and Filters.
Once it’s installed, you will see it in your auto shapes panel. It’s also accessible through the file menu via Commands > Greeked Text
- Set and Reset Master Pages from the Pages Panel
- There can be only one
- Does not accomodate pages that are different sizes
- Master Pages show up on regular pages as a “Master Page Layer”
- Master Page Layers are
- On the bottom of the stack
- Locked and uneditable
- Can be turned on or off
It’s common knowledge that live adjustments (adjustment layers, layer styles, smart filters, life effects) are better than boring old ones because you can tweak the settings afterward and they are non-destructive. It’s also common knowledge that you usually get fewer of them to play with than your destructive filters. But in Fireworks, there’s actually MORE options available as Live Effects than as regular effects! The graphic highlights the extra features available! Go Fireworks!