Create an Animated GIF in Fireworks

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Fireworks CS6 to create an animated GIF of a turkey with tail feathers that change color. First you need to create an illustration and duplicate it. Then you make changes to one artwork, convert it to symbols, create a second state, and preview the animation. Finally, change the duration of both states, save the file as an animated GIF and view it in your browser.

Contents
  1. Turkey Animated Gif in Fireworks
  2. Create a new document
  3. draw a circle
  4. Draw another circle
  5. Draw a rounded rectangle
  6. Merge paths
  7. change color
  8. make eyes
  9. Make a beak
  10. make a mess
  11. make feet
  12. Reduce size
  13. make tail feathers
  14. change color
  15. move ovals
  16. rotate ovals
  17. Save and save as
  18. Convert to Symbol
  19. Create a new state
  20. Save Animated GIF

Turkey Animated Gif in Fireworks

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

It is important to note that Adobe no longer offers Fireworks CC as part of Creative Cloud. If you’re looking for Fireworks, you can find it in Creative Cloud’s Find More Apps section. When Adobe announces it will no longer support or update apps, you can bet it’s only a matter of time before the app disappears.

Create a new document

First create a new document by selecting File > New. † Set the Width and Height to 400 x 400 pixels and the Resolution to 72 pixels per inch. Choose white as canvas color and Click OK.

Then select File > Save give the file a name Turkey png extension, select a location to save it and click on “Save”.

draw a circle

In the Tools panel, click the Stroke Color box and select black, then in the Fill Color box, select a brown swatch or enter the hexadecimal number #8C4600 in the value box.

In the Properties panel, set the stroke width to 2 px. Then select the Ellipse tool from the Tools panel, which you can find by clicking the arrow next to the Rectangle tool or other visible shape tools. Hold down the Shift key and click and drag to create a large circle. (Using a shift ensures that the circle is perfectly round.)

Draw another circle

Hold down the Shift key again as you draw another circle, making this circle smaller than the previous one.

Click and drag the small circle into place with the Pointer tool. You want it to overlap the top of the large circle as shown.

Draw a rounded rectangle

Draw a rectangle with the Rounded Rectangle tool. Use the Pointer tool to move it into place. You want it to be in the center and slightly overlap the bottom of the small circle.

Merge paths

Hold down the Shift key and click the small circle and then the rounded rectangle. This will select both shapes. Then select Edit, Merge Paths > Merge.

change color

In the Tools panel, click the Fill box and select a cream swatch, or type #FFCC99 in the Hexadecimal value box, then press Return.

make eyes

You can draw two small circles to make the eyes, but use the Type tool to do that. Click the Type tool in the Tools panel, then click the canvas. In the Property inspector, select Arial Regular for the font, set the size to 72 and change the color to black. While holding down the “Alt” or “Options” key, press the number 8 key, which will create a bullet. Then press the spacebar before taking another bullet.

Make a beak

In the Tools panel, click the Polygon tool. In the Properties panel, select an orange fill pattern or enter #FF9933 in the Hex Value field. Also, in the Properties panel, create a black line with a width of 1.

Then select Window > AutoShape Properties † Click on the polygon shape and specify that you want the points and sides to be 3 and the radius to be 180 degrees. To decrease the size of the triangle, enter 20 in the Outer radius value field. The number for this depends on how big the triangle was, to begin with. Then press Return.

With the Pointer tool, click on the triangle and drag it to where you think it should be behind the beak.

make a mess

The red thing that hangs from a turkey’s beak is called Snood. To do this, use the Pen tool.

With the Pen tool selected in the Tools panel, click the Fill box and select the red swatch, or type #FF0000 in the Hexadecimal value box, then press Return.

Click with the Pen tool to create points that form a path, and sometimes click and drag to create a rounded path. When the last point connects to the first, you get the shape of a turkey belt.

make feet

You can set the fill color to the same orange as the beak by clicking the Fill box and then clicking the beak. Select the Pen tool, make the stroke color black, and set the Stroke Weight to 2 in the Properties panel.

Then, using the Pen Tool, create dots that form a shape that resembles a turkey leg. Select after selecting the form Edit > Duplicate † Then select Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Use the pointer to position the legs for best appearance.

Reduce size

Select Select > Select All. Then click the Scale tool in the Tools panel. A marquee appears with handles that you can move in or out. Click the corner handle and move it inward, making everything smaller, and hit return.

With all your shapes still selected, use the pointer tool to move the turkey into place. You want it to be centered on the canvas.

make tail feathers

Click and drag with the Ellipse Tool to form a long oval. Then select Edit > Duplicate † You duplicate the oval over and over until you have a total of five ovals.

change color

With one of the ovals selected, click the Fill box and choose a different color. Do this with three more ovals and choose a different color for each.

move ovals

Click and drag with the Pick tool on the five ovals to select them all. Then select Edit > Arrange > Return † This will make the tail feathers fall behind the turkey when you put them in place.

Click the sides of the ovals to deselect them, then click one oval at a time and drag them individually to where they sit side by side and partially behind the turkey.

Using smart guides can help evenly distribute ovals that face each other. If you don’t see any smart guides in progress, select View > Smart Guides > Show Smart Guides.

rotate ovals

You want to rotate and move the ovals. To do this, select one and select Edit > Transform > Free Transform † Then click and drag outside the bounding box to rotate the oval slightly. Use the Pointer tool to position the oval where you think it looks best.

Rotate the remaining ovals in the same way and set them in place; divide evenly.

Save and save as

If you look at the image, you can see that the turkey is too low on the canvas, so select Select > Select All and then use the Pointer tool to position the turkey in the center of the canvas. If you’re happy with how it looks, choose File > Save.

Then click on the tail feather to select it, then on the Fill field and choose a different color. Do this for each tail feather, then select File > Save As † Rename the file Turkey png extension and click Save.

Convert to Symbol

Select File > Open , navigate to the turkey.png file and click Open. Click on the turkey.png tab at the top and select Select > Select All † Then select Edit > Convert > Convert to Symbol † Name the symbol 1, select Images for the type, then click OK.

Click on the turkey2.png tab and do the same, just call that one character 2.

Create a new state

Click back on the turkey.png tab. If the States pane isn’t visible, you can select: Window > States † At the bottom of the States panel, click the Create Duplicate States button.

When you click on the first state to select it, you will see that it contains a symbol. By clicking on the second status, you will see that it is empty. To add a symbol to this empty state, select File > Import > go to the turkey2.png file, click “Open” and then “Open” again. Then click on the top right corner of the canvas to place the file in the correct position. Now if you click between the first and second status, you will see that both contain images. You can also click the Play/Stop button at the bottom of the window to view the animation.

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

Save Animated GIF

Finally select File > Save As rename the file, select Animated GIF (*.gif) and click Save.

To open and play the animated GIF in your browser, launch your browser and select File > Open or open a file. Navigate to the saved animated GIF file, select it, click “Open” and enjoy the fruits of your labor, work!

Updated by Tom Green

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