Macromedia Fireworks MX is a graphics program that assists in adding special effects to pictures. Adding sparkles to an image can make a product more appealing, or it can make a dress look beautiful. Sparkles can be added to both drawn graphics and photographs. The easiest way to add sparkles to a 2D image is to create a thin star object and then use the gradient fill to create an opaque colour at the tips of the star. This allows you to make the middle of the star a shiny colour to stand out against the colour of the image.
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Things you need
- Macromedia Fireworks MX
Click "Start" followed by "All Programs," "Macromedia" and "Macromedia Fireworks MX." Click "File," choose "Open" from the menu and then choose the image in Fireworks that you would like to add sparkle to. Click the "Open" button to open the image.
Click on the "Rectangle Tool" icon in the "Vector" section of the "Tools" menu. Click on the small arrow on the bottom of the "Rectangle Tool" to get a drop-down menu, and then choose "Polygon Tool." The "Properties" inspector, which is located on the bottom of the application window by default, will show options available to the polygon.
Click the selection arrow next to "Shape" in the "Properties" inspector, and then choose "Star." Enter either "4" or "5" next to the "Sides" text box. To make the star "skinny," select the number "6" next to the "Angle" box.
Click on the image in the work area where the first sparkle should appear. Hold the click and drag downward until the desired size of the star is obtained, and then let go of the mouse button.
Click on the "Fill Category" selection arrow located in the "Properties" inspector. Choose "Radial" from the "Fill Category" menu while the star is still selected in the work area.
Click on the "Color Selector" box to the left of the "Radial" option. Change both bottom handles to the colour white by clicking on the middle of each handle box and then choosing the white block. Alternatively, type the hex number "#FFFFFF" in the text box above the colour boxes.
Click the upper right handle to get an "Opacity" menu. Change the opacity level to "0" by typing in the number or moving the slider with the mouse all the way to the left.
Click inside the work area twice to see the sparkle.
Tips and warnings
- Fireworks MX is an older program created when Macromedia was the company name. Adobe now makes the current version, which is Fireworks CS5.
- One sparkle can be multiplied by copying and pasting the star.
- More pizazz can be added to the sparkles by using the scale tool to make larger and smaller sparkles as well as rotating the star to the right or left.
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