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Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia® Fireworks® MX in 24 Hours by Lon Coley, Jackson West

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Chapter 9. Tools and Techniques for Layout and Design

Now that you’re familiar with all the potential graphic elements in Fireworks—bitmap, path, and text objects—you can work on effective design and composition with a number of different objects. The flexibility of paths makes it easy to create a variety of graphics from just a few simple lines and shapes. You’ll also learn how to use layout tools, such as rules, grids, and the Align panel, to make composition a breeze.

In this hour you will

  • Use path operations to manipulate path objects

  • Convert text objects into path objects to use as graphics

  • Create masks from paths for any object

  • Correctly space and align graphics with layout guides

Reshaping, Altering, and Combining Paths

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