How to Bend a Line in Fireworks

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How to Bend a Line in Fireworks
Manipulate lines in Adobe Fireworks by clicking and dragging them. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Adobe Fireworks - formerly Macromedia Fireworks - is a graphics editor specially designed to help users create and optimise screen graphics for the Web with speed and precision. You can use the Freeform tool to bend and reshape vector objects such as lines directly instead of manipulating points. Fireworks does this by adding, moving, or deleting points along the path as you change the vector object's shape. Using either the pull, push or redraw methods, you can manipulate any part of a line, regardless of where the points are located, making Fireworks an ideal tool for bending lines.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select the "Freeformæ tool from the Tools panel.

  2. 2

    Position your mouse directly over the line.

  3. 3

    Click and drag the line to whatever shape you desire.

  1. 1

    Select the "Freeform" tool from the Tools panel.

  2. 2

    Position your mouse slightly away from the line.

  3. 3

    Click and drag toward the line to push it in the direction that your mouse is moving.

  1. 1

    Select the "Redraw Path" tool from the Tools Panel. This tool allows you to completely alter the shape of a line.

  2. 2

    Position your mouse directly over the line.

  3. 3

    Click and drag to redraw or extend the line. Release the mouse button.

Tips and warnings

  • Change the size of the pointer to increase or decrease the accuracy of your mouse movements. Increase the width of your pointer by clicking and holding the mouse button while pressing the "Right Arrow" key. Decrease the width of your pointer by clicking and holding the mouse button while pressing the "Left Arrow" key.

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