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How to Create Gradients in Fireworks CS5 Graphics

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

You can add some dimension to a graphic by filling it with a gradient. To create a gradient in Adobe Fireworks Creative Suite 5, follow these steps:

1Create a shape that you want to fill with a gradient.

It doesn’t matter what kind of shape it is. Feel free to use your imagination.

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2With the shape selected, choose the Gradient tool.

The gradient tool is hidden. To find it, click and hold the Paint Bucket tool in the Colors section of the Tools panel. Then you can see and select the hidden Gradient tool.

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3Click the Fill Color box in the Tools panel to assign colors to the gradient.

The Fill Options window appears.

4Assign color to the gradient.

To assign colors to the gradient, simply click the existing color stops and choose a color from the pop-up palette.

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5Click anywhere on the gradient ramp to add a stop, and edit the color.

If you don’t want to create your own gradient, click the Preset drop-down list to choose among existing gradients.