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.
Rich graphic symbols can be scaled and given attributes with scripts, which saves a lot of time when creating interfaces, websites, or design elements.
Styles are a great way to apply predefined attributes to an object or text (but not to bitmap objects).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Save valuable time with predesigned templates ranging from websites to iPhone prototypes.
Adding custom textures to fills and strokes gives artwork a “more organic look” and adds depth to your design.
Further Texture Resources
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.”
Adobe Fireworks Tutorials
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.
FireworksGuru Forum –> Gallery
Templates, PNG’s, icons, textures, patterns (must register first).
Over 277 Fireworks Resources.
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.