The number is the opacity and it is independent of the blending mode. The two controls are just next to each other.
The blending mode is controlled by the drop down box. When you make a new object, the deflaut mode is Normal. If you click the arrow next to the drop down box, you get a list that you can scroll through and select from. You can only change the blending mode on an object when it is selected.
So try this.
- Select your rectangle.
- Click the blending mode drop down box.
- Scroll up until you see Normal
- Click on Normal
- Click off your canvas to deselect all objects
If that doesn't work, can you post your file here? Try using the camera icon in the editing controls at the at the top. It's just to the left of the smilie face. Also, let us know what version of Fireworks you're using, and whether you're on a PC or a Mac.
Edit. Oh...I see you're saying new rectangles are not at 100% opacity and Normal blending mode. Weird. Well...try changing this one, and then making a new one. Then post back.
Thanks pixlor for getting back to me.
yes what I was saying is that normal is not the default, but since asking the question, I closed fireworks and opened it again, and hooray, it's back to normal being the default.
After wasting so much time on it, when something doesn't work, close the program and start again.
If it ever gets into a mode where just restarting it doesn't fix it, you can delete the preferences file. On restart, Fireworks builds a fresh one using the original defaults. I've never had to do that, but it does seem to fix a number of problems.
Will do, if it happens again.
For info, I am using fireworks cs3 and I'm on a pc - vista
If you have the Aero theme on (the windows have transparent borders), then FW's bitmap tools won't work. To use the bitmap tools, you can set FW to disable Aero when it launches and re-enable it when it closes.
Instructions available in this thread: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/206076