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BEST 2001
Joyce Evans
with calm brevity
and attention to detail

THE ULTIMATE FIREWORKS BOOK has just been released by Joyce Evans. You usually see the name Joyce Evans in the Design & Publishing Center reviewing software and books. But this time it's our sincere pleasure to mention her name in a totally different light.
___ Fireworks 4 f/x & Design is wrought from real world experience at the hands of a highly competent writer, trainer and communications professional. While Joyce probably wouldn't like me to say she's not a book author, I have to say she's a practitioner in the field first, then book author second. And that's what makes this book so special!
___ Joyce takes a very calm, matter-of-fact approach to training, from the chapter intros -- which state exactly what you'll learn -- to the careful attention to minutiae. All through the book you'll get help that really helps. Unlike many of the authors writing books today Joyce is sensitive to what users in the trenches need to learn. Joyce throws in the tidbits you'll need because she's been there. For instance, where the reader might be oriented to Photoshop, Joyce points out differences. When there are Fireworks idiosyncracies which are unlike other programs, she points them out.
___ Fireworks 4 f/x & Design takes you from basic shape formation and vectoring to working with bitmapped images. You'll work with a myriad of techniques with pens, strokes and fills, then sink your teeth into levels, histograms and masking. Most of the information is set up in plain, easy to follow numbered steps. What's really nice is I haven't run across but a few pages so far that don't have visual examples. This is very important for comparative learning.
___You'll gain experience with the vector tools and work with the new pop-up menu Javascripting. You'll place Fireworks html code into the layout editors and generate animations. Through the fifty or so step-by-step projects you'll cover just about everything you need to know for making Fireworks really shine in your web site.
___ Joyce's extensive experience and knowledge of web techniques gives her unique advantage in the practical application of the techniques. She does a whole series on techniques built around the creation of navigation buttons for a web site. You work on real world applications of the techniques and become immersed in the process of the project rather than the tedium of following the recipe.
___ As a bonus, the book comes with a complete companion CD for the book plus a Comstock CD with more than 12,000 comp images. In the book CD you get more tutorials -- some as movies -- along with chapter by chapter exercise materials.
If you're a Fireworks user then get on the phone, or get online and get Fireworks 4 f/x & Design on transportation to you today -- you'll sure be glad you didn't waste any time!

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Editor/publisher, DT&G Magazine



Fireworks 4 f/x & Design
By Joyce Evans
Paperback, Coriolis Creative, 330 pages and TWO CD-ROMS!


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