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Course Syllabus: Adobe Fireworks 101


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Course Description

Adobe Fireworks is a program that is part of the Adobe Creative Suite family of products.  Formerly known as Macromedia Fireworks, the program is a bitmap and vector graphics editor that is typically used to create interactive graphics and website prototypes, as well as interfaces for apps and games.  

This course was designed to teach you how to successfully use Adobe Fireworks CS6, no matter if you have ever used the program before or not.  Both the beginner and seasoned user can benefit from this course, starting with the basics of the program including navigation and continuing on to more advanced features. 

You will learn how to:

·    Navigate Fireworks CS6

·    Create new documents and import existing ones

·    Import pages and images

·    Work with layers, pages, and documents

·    Edit bitmap images

·    Create and edit vector images

·    Using bitmap and vector masks

·    Add styles and apply effects

·    Use slices and hotspots to create animation and interactivity

·    Use and create symbols

·    Create an interactive prototype

·    And more

You do not need to have access to Fireworks to take or complete this course. However, it is recommended.  Please note that a 30 day free trial of  the current version of Fireworks is available on the Adobe website for those who want to follow along and practice what they learn.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have the following:

- Adobe Fireworks CS6 (recommended) *
- a high school reading level.


No books will be required.
*students interested can download the free trial version of the current version of  Adobe Fireworks for this course. 

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Introduction to Adobe Fireworks CS6

Lesson 2: The Fireworks Workflow

Lesson 3: Working with Bitmap Images

Lesson 4: The Bitmap Selection Tools

Lesson 5: Working with Vector Shapes

Lesson 6: Creating and Editing Masks

Lesson 7: Using and Creating Styles

Lesson 8: All about Symbols

Lesson 9: Optimizing Your Files

Lesson 10: Adding Interactivity to Objects

Lesson 11: Tying It All Together

Lesson 12: Making Things Easier

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class. In order to fully benefit from this course, though, you do need access to Adobe Fireworks.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review exam along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what Adobe Fireworks is what why it is useful.
  • Demonstrate the Fireworks workflow.
  • Demonstrate working with bitmap images.
  • Demonstrate working with vector shapes.
  • Demonstrate creating and editing masks.
  • Demonstrate using and creating styles.
  • Demonstrate using symbols.
  • Demonstrate optimizing your files.
  • Demonstrate adding interactivity to objects, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Assignment 15
Exam 110
Assignment 25
Exam 210
Assignment 35
Exam 310
Assignment 45
Exam 410
Assignment 5100
Exam 510
Assignment 65
Exam 610
Assignment 75
Exam 710
Assignment 85
Exam 810
Assignment 95
Exam 910
Assignment 105
Exam 1010
Assignment 115
Exam 119
Assignment 125
Exam 1210
Project50
Final Exam59
Total Points:383
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