Create an Animated GIF in Fireworks

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Turkey Animated GIF in Fireworks

Turkey Animated GIF in Fireworks
Text and images © Sandra Trainor

In this tutorial, I will use Fireworks CS6 to create an Animated GIF of a turkey with tail feathers that change color. I'll start by creating an illustration and duplicating it. I'll make changes to one, convert them both into symbols, create a second state, and preview the animation. I'll then change the duration time of both states, save the file as an Animated GIF, and view it in my browser.

Although Fireworks CS6 is used in this tutorial, you should be able to follow along using any recent version of Fireworks or even Photoshop.

Editors Note:

Adobe no longer offers Fireworks CC as a part of the Creative Cloud. If you are looking for Fireworks it can be found in the Find Additional Apps section of the Creative Cloud. When Adobe announces that it will no longer support or update applications, you can assume it is only a matter of time before the application disappears. A typical example of this is the recent announcement regarding Director, Shockwave and Contribute.

Updated by Tom Green

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Create a New Document

Create a New Document
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I will create a new document by choosing File > New. I'll make the width and height 400 x 400 pixels, and the resolution 72 pixels per inch. I'll choose white for the canvas color, and click OK.

Next, I'll choose File > Save, name the file turkey with a png extension, choose where I want to save it, and click Save.

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Draw a Circle

Draw a Circle
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In the Tools panel I will click on the Stroke color box and choose black, then on the Fill color box and choose a brown swatch or type in the Hex number value field, #8C4600.

In the Properties panel I will make the stroke width 2 pixels. I'll then choose the Ellipse tool in the Tools panel, which can be found by clicking on the small arrow next to the Rectangle tool or other visible shape tool. While holding down the shift key, I'll click and drag to create a large circle. Using the shift assures that the circle will be perfectly round.

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Draw Another Circle

Draw Another Circle
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Again, I will hold down the shift key as I draw another circle, only I want this circle to be smaller than the last.

With the Pointer tool, I will click and drag the the small circle into place. I want it to overlap the top of the large circle, as shown.

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Draw a Rounded Rectangle

Draw a Rounded Rectangle
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With the Rounded Rectangle tool, I will draw a rectangle. With the Pointer tool, I'll move it into place. I want it to be centered and slightly overlap the bottom of the small circle.

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Combine Paths

Combine Paths
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I will hold down the shift key as I click on the small circle then the rounded rectangle. This will select both shapes. I'll then choose Modify, Combine Paths > Union.

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Change Color

Change Color
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In the Tools panel, I will click on the Fill box and choose a cream swatch, or type #FFCC99 in the Hex value field, then press return.

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Make the Eyes

Make the Eyes
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I could draw two small circles to make the eyes, but instead I will use the Type tool for this. I'll click on the Type tool in the Tools panel, then on the canvas. In the Property inspector, I'll choose Arial Regular for the font, make the size 72, and change the color to black. I'll hold down the Alt or Options key as I press the key holding the number 8, which will make a bullet. I'll press the space bar before making another bullet.

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Make the Beak

Make the Beak
Text and images © Sandra Trainor

In the Tools panel, I'll click on the Polygon shape tool. In the Properties panel, I'll choose an orange swatch for the fill or type #FF9933 in the Hex value field. Also in the Properties panel, I'll make the stroke black with a width of 1.

Next, I will choose Window > Auto Shape Properties. I'll click on the polygon shape, indicate that I want both the points and sides to be 3 and the radius 180 degrees. To make the triangle smaller, I will type 20 in the Outer Radius value field. The number for this depends on how large the triangle was to begin with. I'll then press return.

With the Pointer tool, I will click on the triangle and drag it to where I think it should sit for the beak.

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Make the Snood

Make the Snood
Text and images © Sandra Trainor

The red thing that hangs from a turkey's beak is called a Snood. To make one, I will use the Pen tool.

After selecting the Pen tool in the Tools panel, I will click on the Fill box and choose a red swatch, or type #FF0000 in the Hex value field, then press return.

With the Pen tool, I will click to create points that form a path, and sometimes click and drag to create a rounded path. When the last point connects with the first, I will have formed a shape that looks like a turkey's snood.

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Make the Legs

Make the Legs
Text and images © Sandra Trainor

I can set the Fill color to the same Orange as the beak by clicking on the Fill box then on the beak. With the Pen tool selected, I'll make the stroke color black and set the stroke width to 2 in the Properties panel.

Next, I will use the Pen tool to create points that form a shape that resembles a turkey's leg. With the shape selected, I'll choose Edit > Duplicate. I'll then choose Modify > Transform > Flip Horizontal. With the Pointer tool, I'll position the legs where they look best.

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Reduce Size

Reduce Size
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I will choose Select > Select All. I'll then click on the Scale tool in the Tools panel. A bounding box will appear with handles that can be moved inward or outward. I'll click on a corner handle and move it inward, making the whole smaller, then press return.

With all of my shapes still selected, I'll use the Pointer tool to move the turkey into place. I want it centered low on the canvas.

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Make the Tail Feathers

Make the Tail Feathers
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With the Ellipse tool, I will click and drag to form a long oval. I'll then choose Edit > Duplicate. I'll duplicate the oval again and again, until I have a total of five ovals.

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Change the Color

Change the Color
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With one of the ovals selected, I will click on the Fill box and choose a different color. I'll do this with three more ovals, choosing a different color for each.

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Move Ovals

Move Ovals
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With the Pointer tool, I will click and drag over the five ovals to select them all. I'll then choose Modify > Arrange > Send to Back. This will cause the tail feathers to fall behind the turkey when I move them into place.

I will click away from the ovals to deselect them, then click on one oval at a time and drag them separately to where they will sit next to each other and partially behind the turkey.

Using Smart Guides can help to evenly position the ovals that are opposite each other. If you don't see the smart guides at work, choose View > Smart Guides > Show Smart Guides.

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Rotate Ovals

Rotate Ovals
Text and images © Sandra Trainor

I want to rotate the ovals and reposition them. To do so, I will select one and choose, Modify > Transform > Free Transform. I'll then click and drag my cursor just outside the bounding box in order to slightly rotate the oval. With the Pointer tool, I'll position the oval to where I think it looks best.

I will rotate the remaining ovals in the same way, and position them into place; distributing them evenly.

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Save and Save As

Save and Save As
Text and images © Sandra Trainor

looking at my image, I see that the turkey is too low on the canvas, so I will choose Select > Select All, then use the Pointer tool to place the turkey in the center of the canvas. When I'm happy with how it looks, I'll choose File > Save.

Next, I will click on a tail feather to select it then on the Fill box and choose a different color. I'll do this for each tail feather, then choose File > Save As. I'll rename the file, turkey2 with a png extension, and click Save.

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Convert to Symbol

Convert to Symbol
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I'll choose File > Open, navigate to my turkey.png file and click Open. I'll click on on the turkey.png tab at top, and choose Select > Select All. I'll then choose Modify > Convert > Convert to Symbol. I'll name it symbol 1, choose Graphic for the Type, then click OK.

I will click on the turkey2.png tab and do the same, only I'll name this one symbol 2.

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Create a New State

Create a New State
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I will click back on the turkey.png tab. If my States panel isn't visible, I can choose Window > States. At the bottom of the States panel, I'll click on the New Duplicate States button.

When I click on the first state to select it, I see that it holds a symbol. When I click on the second state, I see that it's empty. To add a symbol to this empty state, I'll choose File > Import > navigate to my turkey2.png file, click Open, then Open again. I'll then click on the upper right corner of the canvas to place the file in the correct position. Now, when I click between the first and second states, I see that both hold images. I can also press the Play/Stop button at the bottom of the window to preview the animation.

If I don't like the speed of the animation, I can double-click on the numbers to the right of each state to make adjustments. The higher the number the longer the duration time.

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Save Animated GIF

Save Animated GIF
Text and images © Sandra Trainor

I'll choose File > Save As, rename the file, choose Animated GIF (*.gif), then click Save.

To open and play the Animation GIF in my browser, I will launch my browser and choose File > Open or Open File. I'll navigate to my saved Animated GIF file, choose it, click Open, and enjoy the animation.

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