This is a survey question for users of all versions of Fireworks. In Fireworks 8, I've noticed a difference in the Brush tool properties depending on whether the selection is an object or a mask—in particular, the Blend mode options do NOT appear in the Properties inspector when a bitmap mask is selected, *unless* the object was selected first, as well as the Brush tool.
Please try the following, and let me know the results:
In Fireworks 8 (on Mac OS 10.6.8), the answers to the above questions are, "No, no, yes, yes." So it is possible to use Blend mode options with the Brush tool when working with a bitmap mask, but it's a convoluted process to get those options to appear. I'm interested in whether later versions of Fireworks exhibit the same behavior. Anyone with a different version, please chime in.
UPDATE: I'd still like to hear from users of Fireworks CS3, CS4, CS5, and CS5.5 on this question! Please take a moment to help. All it takes is a Fireworks document with a bitmap object and a (non-vector) mask. Be sure to indicate what version of Fireworks you're using.
Using Fireworks CS5 on Win 7 same results:
4. Yes, it even seems to work as expected with the Multiply blendmode
Maybe blendmodes are simply disabled because they aren't that useful on a mask bitmap?
Thanks for your response! It's much appreciated.
Hey, if you have the time, I've got some scripting questions over on the Fireworks Extensions forum...
(BTW, if anyone else with a different FW version or platform wants to add to this, I'll credit any "helpful" responses.)