An often overlooked member of the Adobe Creative Suite is Adobe Fireworks. This application software can be used to create vectors, design application interfaces, digital artwork, and create rapid prototypes of websites. Adobe Fireworks can also generate PDF’s, export CSS based layouts, and a variety of other features. However, Adobe Fireworks resources are not easy to find. Resources are scattered among many different websites, blogs, and forums. Since the resources are far and few, some designers forget about all the features and abandon using the software all together.
In this article, renew your love for Adobe Fireworks! Check out the 200+ (mostly) free Adobe Fireworks resources that are gathered and categorized for easy reference. Please remember: since many designers have made these resources free for others, take the time to check out the license agreements before using any resources for personal and/or commercial projects.
1. Common Libraries, Patterns, and Rich Symbols
Libraries are a great way to enhance the assets of Adobe Fireworks. Collections of symbols and objects save time when creating design elements.
A wonderful way to add a final touch or create interest in a design is by using a pattern. Check out some great pattern resources for Adobe Fireworks.
Free Fireworks Patterns
Free Patterns (158)
Wood Pattern Package
Rich graphic symbols can be scaled and given attributes with scripts, which saves a lot of time when creating interfaces, websites, or design elements.
A reusable page icon
iPhone GUI as Rich Symbols for Fireworks
Styles are a great way to apply predefined attributes to an object or text (but not to bitmap objects).
Metal Pack 1
150 Fireworks Styles (Gradient Effects)
15 Grunge Colors Styles
Fireworks Styles Pack 2
Fire and Flames
131 Ultimate Web 2.0 Styles
Styles Pack 1-3
15 FIREWORKS CS4 TEXT STYLES PACK 1
Web 2.0 Styles 1
Fireworks Styles Pack 1
Overkill Set 1
Stroke Styles for Fireworks MX, Series 1
Fireworks Styles Pack 6
48 Ultimate Web 2.0 Styles
Chrome Gradient Styles
The CMX Dash Pack
Style Pack 1
Text Styles Pack
Gradients, Blue Light, Charcoal, Chrome, etc. (No Preview Image)
3. Auto Shapes
According to help.Adobe.com, auto shapes are a great tool which “simplify the creation and editing process of common visual elements.” They’re also a great time saver.
Basic Pack 2
Background Rectangle Auto Shape
Pinwheel Auto Shape
Crescent Auto Shape
Revolve Path Auto Shape
Auto Shapes with Styles
Sunburst, Effect Light Source, Geometry Guides, and Grid
Annotation Auto Shape
Enhanced Rectangle Auto Shapes
Simple Orb Smart Shape
Puzzle Auto Shape
4. Commands, Scripts, and Panels
Essentially, commands are shortcuts for automating repetitive tasks. Find out how the following commands can reduce the time of your next design process.
Harmonia Color Schemer
Copy Paste WHXY
Color Palette 1.25
Box Templates 1.0
Demo Current Document 1.0
Snap Objects 1.0
Rounded Bitmap Corners
Objects, Pattern and Texture, and Text Commands
Batch Import 1.0
Utility Set One
Brush, Document, and Effects Commands
Flash Slide Show 1.12
Add Web Guides, Group, Mask, Modify, 3D Rotate, Rename, and Paths Commands
Duplicate, Offset, Rotate
Save Paths as Actionscript
Super Nudge 1.0.3
Batch Complete Alert
Shape Shifter Set 1
Fireworks to XAML Exporter
iPhone Application Prototype
5. Automation and Effects
A simple way to save time is through the use of Adobe Fireworks automating tasks. Check out a few examples of some true saving auto tasks.
FW CS4 Workspace Manager
Auto Vector Mask
Effects (or Live Filters) are a great way to enhance vector objects, text, and bitmaps. Check out some fantastic ways to add effects to your designs.
Metallic Gold Effect
Old Paper Effect
String of Pearls
Twist and Fade
Save valuable time with predesigned templates ranging from websites to iPhone prototypes.
Fireworks Toolkit for Creating iPhone Mockups
Free Template #4 – Travel Site
Adobe Fireworks Template for Android by UNITid
Prebuilt CSS Templates in Fireworks CS4
Free Template #3 – Restaurant Website
Super Guides 1.0
Blueprint – Sample Web Template
Template #5 – Writing Website
Fireworks 975PX Grid Systems (6col and 12col)
Free Template #6 – Business Website
Free Website Template 7
Free Template #2 – Funky Website
Free Website Template 1
Free Website Template 8
Prototyping for the iPhone
Adding custom textures to fills and strokes gives artwork a “more organic look” and adds depth to your design.
20 Fireworks Seamless Texture Pack 1
Wood Textures (61)
Metal Textures (28)
Smoke (registration required)
Brick Textures (65)
InkySmoke (registration required)
Pave Textures (203)
Fabric Patterns 0003 (registration required)
Cracked Earth 0010 (registration required)
Splatter Round 0039 (registration required)
Various 0224 (registration required)
Rock Rough 008 (registration required)
Further Texture Resources
BittBox has “Free Texture Tuesdays”
Free Macromedia Textures (379)
880 Odd Textures
Textures from FireworksGuru Forums Gallery (must register)
8. Objects and Vector Objects
A “shape defined by a path” is a vector object. One can edit vector objects and use them in a variety of design applications. Some resources are Adobe Fireworks .jpg files labeled “Objects.”
The Complete (Almost) Vectorized Webding Catalog
Web 2.0 Navigation
Glossy Country Flag Buttons
Firefox Using Fireworks
CMX Black Line Master Graphics 3
Fireworks Vector Pack by Pete
Valentine’s Day Heart
Shiny Basic Icons
Project Icon Set
12 Free Quality Logos
iPhone Hardware Translated into Vectors
2Experts Icon Set
Free RSS Buttons
Adobe Fireworks Logos
Adobe Fireworks Tutorials
40+ Striking Adobe Fireworks Tutorials
23 Amazing Tutorials for Adobe Fireworks
20 Useful Fireworks Tutorials for Designers
Top 20 YouTube Adobe Fireworks Video Tutorials
Tutorials at Layers Magazine
Maa Graphics Fireworks Tutorials
200+ Must Know Adobe Fireworks Tutorials for Designers
20 Tutorials for Professional Effects in Fireworks
Qrayg Fireworks Tutorials
TW Design Fireworks Tutorials
Community MX Fireworks Tutorials
Imajine Fireworks Tutorials?
Entheos Adobe Fireworks Tutorials
Joe DaSilva Blog
Adobe Fireworks is a great tool for designers which deserves more attention and definitely more resources. If you’re new to Fireworks, give the software a try and discover the power of this forgotten resource. On the other hand, if you haven’t launched Fireworks in some time, what are you waiting for? There’s a nice big box of Fireworks (resources) just waiting to light up your desktop!
Excellent Overall Resources
Adobe Fireworks Exchange
A super resource of Fireworks source files, tutorials, and resources.
Great resource for Fireworks Source Files, Extensions, and Tutorials.
A super collection of Fireworks commands, auto shapes, and resources.
Adobe Fireworks Plugins Directory.
Fireworks articles, tutorials, and extensions.
Fireworks extensions, styles, and templates.
Fireworks commands, panels, auto shapes, and concepts.
Various Adobe Fireworks tools.
Auto Shapes, Commands, Automate, and other resources.
Fireworks tutorials and resources.
Over 277 Fireworks Resources.
40 High Quality Adobe Fireworks Tutorials, Resources, & PNG Files
70+ Adobe Fireworks Resources – Is there a future for Fireworks?
Adobe Fireworks Tutorials and Downloads – Best of –
The Ultimate Round-Up of Fireworks Tutorials and Resources
75 Powerful Adobe Fireworks Extensions
About the Author
Melissa Scroggins is a freelance graphic designer at PeachPoPs. She loves designing icons, creating vector illustrations, and playing survival horror video games. Follow her design adventures on Twitter.