Chapter 3. Livening Up Your Artwork with Color

In This Chapter

  • Defining colors for the Web

  • Finding and applying colors to graphics

  • Creating your own colors in Fireworks

  • Using gradient fills

Like most other Creative Suite applications, Fireworks lets you define an object's fill and stroke. You can use some unique tools for that selection, as well as some hidden features that work slightly differently from what you may be used to.

In this chapter, you find out how to get the fill or stroke color you want applied to your artwork, and you discover the basics of working with gradient fills.

Choosing Web Colors

Colors appear different on a monitor from the way they do when you view them off-screen, but this issue isn't as serious now as it was in the past. Years ago, you had to base your color selections on the lowest common denominator. Today, most viewers have monitors that can display thousands, if not millions, of colors.


When you're choosing a color for the Web, it's best not to fret over the exactness of a color when viewed on different monitors unless precision is critical. Critical color could apply to your company logo or to fabrics that viewers might be comparing onscreen.

In Fireworks, you can choose color from several panels, with each panel offering a different model from which to create your colors. Even though you are working in RGB (Red, Green, Blue), you can still enter CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key or Black) or HSB (Hue, Saturation, Brightness) values.

Finding Colors in ...

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