Week 5 Summary

Posted: September 28, 2012 in Art 170 Thoughts & Reviews

 This weeks lesson started out by using Lynda.com to exercise the use of Adobe Fireworks. Adobe Fireworks is a bitmap and vector graphics editor. There are five important terms that are associated with Fireworks. The first being layers, which means an object can be moved and the order of items can be rearranged. The second term being frame. Frame controls the state of your image, used in animation and used in creation of rollover graphics. Guide is the third term which simply helps divide images. Guides are invisible except within the original program. The fourth term, slice, does exactly what you may be thinking. It slices the picture anyway that you guide this tool. Last but not least, web layer holds slice and hot spot info. A layer is added automatically when you create a slice. However, it is not editable through layers window. (https://angel.aacc.edu/section/default.asp?id=ART1708752012FA) There are also several tools within the Fireworks program, but there are two main tool options that are used more than some, vector and bitmap. Vector tools include line-draw straight lines, create separate editable objects, pen and vector path, text-editable and scalable, and shape tools. Bitmap tool consist of marquee and lasso, paint brush and pencil, eraser, blur, smudge, dodge, burn, rubber stamp, replace color and red eye.

For this weeks lesson we also read chapter 3,”Texture.” Texture is anything that gives a distinct appearance or feel to the surface of a design or any object. Though when working on a website you can actually feel what the image may look like may it certainly gives an appeal to the image and you can imagine what it may feel like if you could actually touch it. This chapter also discusses points. just one pixel is one of the many dots on your computer screen. For example, if your resolution is set to 1280×1024 pixels, then you will have 1,310,720 pixels on the screen which is arranged in 1,024 rows and 1,280 columns. At the end of the day, every single one of these pixels come together to create an image. Another element is line. Line is the most common element of any graphic design and most expressive. When a line is diagonal, it evokes a sense of movement and excitement. For example, a falling domino.


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