Fireworks Fundamentals

This Fireworks course allows you to learn essential skills needed to create expressive, highly optimised graphics for the web or any device. 

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On completion of this course, you will receive a Pitman Training Course Completion certificate. Not only that, you’ll have highly sought after skills that will enable you to enhance an existing career as a web developer or confidently embark on a new career.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 20 CPD points upon successful completion

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Study Type

In centre, online, or a combination

Training Type



20 hours

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About this course

The Pitman Training Fireworks CS5 Fundamentals course allows you to learn the essential skills you need to create expressive, highly optimised graphics for the web or any device, including smart phones and embedded displays.


The course will take you through all of the core skills step by step, including how to create websites, user interfaces and rich prototypes which are both editable by vector and bitmap models.


One essential aspect of any good web designer is planning the navigation and user journey, so the course will teach you how to create wireframes using Fireworks templates. You’ll also learn how to add text, symbols, and imagery with the robust vector and bitmap toolset, together with adding pages and customising them quickly and efficiently with Smart Guides.



There are 2 sessions within this course: -

Session 1

Section A: Introduction to Fireworks. Launching Fireworks, Working with Panels, Common Panels, Opening and Saving Files, Creating Files, Rulers, Guides, and Grids


Section B: Vector Shapes and Fills.  Creating Shapes, Gradient Fill, Pattern Fill, Fill Edges, Compound Shapes


Section C: Vector Paths. Line Tool, Pen Tool, Creating Curves, Modifying Shapes, Freeform Tool, Vector Path Tool, Redraw Path Tool


Section D: Bitmap Graphics. Pencil Tool, Brush Tool, Eraser Tool, Marquee Tool, Lasso Tool, Magic Wand Tool, Red Eye Removal, Burn Tool, Dodge Tool, Rubber Stamp Tool


Section E: Working with Text. Creating Text, Formatting Text, Leading and Tracking, Formatting Characters, Importing Text, Editing Imported Text, Combining Paths, Attaching Text


Section F: Working with Layers. Creating Layers, Duplicating Layers, Removing Layers, Organizing Layers, Exporting Layers, Web Layer, Creating Hotspots


Section G: Symbols. Creating Symbols, Common Library, Symbol Edit Mode, Button Symbols, Editing Buttons, Button States, Previewing States, Animating Symbols, Setting State Delays, Component Symbols

Session 2

Section A: Templates. Page Templates, Flash Templates, Web and Mobile Templates, Applying Templates


Section B: Saving as a GIF. Size vs. Quality, GIF, Optimizing GIFs, GIF Color Palettes, Colors, Dither and Transparency, Interlacing


Section C: Saving as a JPEG. JPEG, Optimizing JPEGs, JPEG Smoothing, Selective Quality


Section D: Saving as a PNG. Web PNG, Optimizing PNGs, PNG 32, PNG 24 vs. PNG 8


Section E: Slicing. Creating Slices, Editing Slices, Polygon Slice, HTML Slice, Slice Properties, Optimizing Slices


Section F: Prototyping. Creating a Master Page, Adding Pages, Sharing Layers, Adding Images, Creating CSS Layouts, Adding Elements, Organizing Elements


Section G: Integration, Exporting Images, Exporting HTML, Viewing in Dreamweaver, Exporting CSS, Exporting for Flash, FXG Export, Adobe Device Central, Creating a Profile



* Please note that Vendor specific exams may need to be organised separately

Aims and Objectives

This course has a simple aim - to teach you how to use the Fireworks programme to produce graphics for use in websites. 


You don't need to possess any specific qualifications to undertake this course.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: - 



  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.



Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).


Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.


* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.



Career Path

With this course you could work towards a career as a Web Developer, Web Designer, App Developer/Mobile App Developer or Graphic Designer within web development. 

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