Pitman Training

Fireworks CS5 Fundamentals

Course Outline

The Pitman Training Fireworks CS5 Fundamentals course allows you to learn the essential skills you need to create expressive, highly optimised graphics for the web or any device, including smart phones and embedded displays.

The course will take you through all of the core skills step by step, including how to create websites, user interfaces and rich prototypes which are both editable by vector and bitmap models.

One essential aspect of any good web designer is planning the navigation and user journey, so the course will teach you how to create wireframes using Fireworks templates. You’ll also learn how to add text, symbols, and imagery with the robust vector and bitmap toolset, together with adding pages and customising them quickly and efficiently with Smart Guides.

On completion of this course, you will receive a Pitman Training Course Completion certificate*. Not only that, you’ll have highly sought after skills that will enable you to enhance an existing career as a web developer or confidently embark on a new career.

* Please note that Vendor specific exams may need to be organised separately

The aim of this course is to learn how to use this program to produce graphics for use in websites.

This course has been designed for those wishing to use this popular program to create website graphics or prototype applications.

You will need a basic knowledge of Internet terminology and image types before starting this course.

Session 1

Section A: Introduction to Fireworks. Launching Fireworks, Working with Panels, Common Panels, Opening and Saving Files, Creating Files, Rulers, Guides, and Grids

Section B: Vector Shapes and Fills.  Creating Shapes, Gradient Fill, Pattern Fill, Fill Edges, Compound Shapes

Section C: Vector Paths. Line Tool, Pen Tool, Creating Curves, Modifying Shapes, Freeform Tool, Vector Path Tool, Redraw Path Tool

Section D: Bitmap Graphics. Pencil Tool, Brush Tool, Eraser Tool, Marquee Tool, Lasso Tool, Magic Wand Tool, Red Eye Removal, Burn Tool, Dodge Tool, Rubber Stamp Tool

Section E: Working with Text. Creating Text, Formatting Text, Leading and Tracking, Formatting Characters, Importing Text, Editing Imported Text, Combining Paths, Attaching Text

Section F: Working with Layers. Creating Layers, Duplicating Layers, Removing Layers, Organizing Layers, Exporting Layers, Web Layer, Creating Hotspots

Section G: Symbols. Creating Symbols, Common Library, Symbol Edit Mode, Button Symbols, Editing Buttons, Button States, Previewing States, Animating Symbols, Setting State Delays, Component Symbols

Session 2

Section A: Templates. Page Templates, Flash Templates, Web and Mobile Templates, Applying Templates

Section B: Saving as a GIF. Size vs. Quality, GIF, Optimizing GIFs, GIF Color Palettes, Colors, Dither and Transparency, Interlacing

Section C: Saving as a JPEG. JPEG, Optimizing JPEGs, JPEG Smoothing, Selective Quality

Section D: Saving as a PNG. Web PNG, Optimizing PNGs, PNG 32, PNG 24 vs. PNG 8

Section E: Slicing. Creating Slices, Editing Slices, Polygon Slice, HTML Slice, Slice Properties, Optimizing Slices

Section F: Prototyping. Creating a Master Page, Adding Pages, Sharing Layers, Adding Images, Creating CSS Layouts, Adding Elements, Organizing Elements

Section G: Integration, Exporting Images, Exporting HTML, Viewing in Dreamweaver, Exporting CSS, Exporting for Flash, FXG Export, Adobe Device Central, Creating a Profile


This course will take around 5 hours to complete.

This course can be studied online. This means, you have the flexibility to study our Fireworks CS5 course:

  • In centre, with our friendly course advisors available for support and guidance as and when you need it.
  • At home or from work – with support via email or telephone during working hours.
  • On a blended mix – in-centre for the modules you need help with, at home or from work for those you are gliding through.

Once you’re ready to go ahead, all you need to do is contact your nearest Pitman Training centre who will be able to talk you through the process and set you up on the online platform, and then you’ll be ready to study the Fireworks CS5 course at a time and place convenient to yourself. 

To get in touch with your nearest centre that offers and supports our online Fireworks CS5 course /training-a-z/”>

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