How to Edit Images in Adobe Fireworks CS6 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

After you have an image open in Adobe Fireworks CS6, you can start editing it. The editing features in Fireworks are similar to those in Photoshop but aren’t as extensive. You can do many basic tasks in Fireworks, but you should perform most of your in-depth retouching in Photoshop.

How to crop images in Fireworks CS6

Unwanted image data is a bad thing for web graphics because it takes up valuable space and also the user’s time when downloading. Follow these steps to eliminate unwanted image areas:

  1. Select the Crop tool from the Select area of the Tools panel or from the Image Editing panel.

  2. Click and drag to select the area you want to keep when the crop is complete.

  3. Press the Enter or Return key.

    The image is cropped to the selected area.

If you’re working with a wireframe of a larger web page design, you may want to export only a small portion — for example, to export just the navigational tools, not the rest of the page. To crop only when exporting, follow these steps:

  1. Click and hold the Crop tool to select the Export Area tool.

  2. Click and drag to select the area you want to keep when the image is exported.

  3. Double-click in the middle of the cropped area.

    The Image Preview window appears, offering you the opportunity to set export settings for this section of your image.


  4. Choose your export settings.

    You can select a Format GIF, JPEG, PNG, WBMP, or TIFF setting from the Format drop-down list in the upper-right area of the Image Preview dialog box or use the Options, File, and Animation tabs on the left to set up custom export options.

  5. Click Export.

    The selected area is exported to a location you choose, and you return to your image, which is still intact.

How to clone images in Fireworks CS6

The Rubber Stamp tool works much like the Clone Stamp tool in Photoshop. Follow these steps to clone (copy) pixels in Fireworks:

  1. Select the Rubber Stamp tool in the Bitmap section of the Tools panel.

  2. Hold down the Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) key and click the part of the image you want to clone.


  3. Position the mouse pointer over the area where you want the cloned pixels to appear and start painting.

    The cloned pixels appear in the image area.

As you paint, follow the marker for the source; it moves simultaneously with the mouse pointer. You can use the Properties panel to change brush attributes.