31 May 2005
Note: This article first appeared on Community MX.
Macromedia Fireworks has a very nifty animation utility that will help you move, scale, or rotate a selected object or instance. But what if you want the 3-D impression of spinning, rather than rotating? You can get this "flipping over" effect through a bit of visual trickery and some reliance on how the eye and the brain register movement.
To clarify, you can think of the Fireworks rotation effect as a "rolling" effect like the wheel on a bicycle. This tutorial will show you how to make an object appear to "flip" in three dimensions. You're going to create a beveled rectangle for this project, but can be apply the same technique to a standard bitmap object too.
Let's get started. Open Fireworks and follow the steps below.
If you are working with my sample PNG, here is what the final result looks like, optimized as a 16-color GIF image.