I’m taking a class on how to use Adobe Fireworks more effectively, and thought I would share some recent work…
Here’s an experiment made with a photograph of a horse sculpture taken in Heidelberg, Germany in 2005:
Here’s how I made the above image…
On the horse picture, I started by using the Stamp tool to erase the support cables from the picture. Then I used the Auto Levels filter to balance the lights, darks and midtones of the image. I used the wand to create a cutout of the horse. To the horse, I added a Difference Color Fill blend (using a blue color) and added an orange glow offset by 5 pixels from the horse. I also gave him a red eye usiing an ellipse auto shape with a black-to-red radial fill.
After cutting out the horse, I cut out the sky and filled it with a contour fill, using the Violet-Orange Contour Gradient fill. I cut out the pedestrian walking in the street, turned him green, blurred him a little to hide some jagged edges, and added a green radioactive glow.
I added a Radial Blur to the background buildings and street to focus more attention on the horse. I then created about a dozen yellow stars using the autoshape star, donut and ellipse tools. I blurred them and made them slightly transparent so they would float in the background, and created a “sun” with a yellow glow using the autoshape ellipse tool.
Lastly, I created a Frame using the Bubbles Pattern fill, broke it apart with Modify/Paths/Split, and moved the frame layer above the Background layer, which effectively added a “bubble” effect to the sky.