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External image editor preferences

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Video: External image editor preferences

Designing, and developing web pages cannot be done with {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} alone. At some point you're going to need to jump in, and open up a graphics editor to create the various images, and buttons, and other visual elements for your pages. Since were working with the Adobe CS3 suite, your choices are most likely going to be either {italic}Fireworks{plain} CS3, or {italic}Photoshop{plain} CS3, because {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} itself is not an image editing program. We're going to see in this chapter that {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} does have some image-editing capabilities, but they're very, very limited, especially when compared to the power of {italic}Fireworks,{plain} or {italic}Photoshop.{plain} In the past, {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} and {italic}Fireworks {plain}have had great interactivity, and interaction together, and that continues with the CS3 Suite, but also in CS3, we now have incredible interaction between {italic} Dreamweaver,{plain} and {italic}Photoshop.{plain} In this chapter movie, I'm going to very briefly cover some of the things that are capable when you have either {italic}Fireworks,{plain} or {italic}Photoshop{plain} installed on your computer along with {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} If you have both programs installed on your computer, you may prefer one, or the other when it comes to doing basic image-editing.

External image editor preferences

Designing, and developing web pages cannot be done with {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} alone. At some point you're going to need to jump in, and open up a graphics editor to create the various images, and buttons, and other visual elements for your pages. Since were working with the Adobe CS3 suite, your choices are most likely going to be either {italic}Fireworks{plain} CS3, or {italic}Photoshop{plain} CS3, because {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} itself is not an image editing program. We're going to see in this chapter that {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} does have some image-editing capabilities, but they're very, very limited, especially when compared to the power of {italic}Fireworks,{plain} or {italic}Photoshop.{plain} In the past, {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} and {italic}Fireworks {plain}have had great interactivity, and interaction together, and that continues with the CS3 Suite, but also in CS3, we now have incredible interaction between {italic} Dreamweaver,{plain} and {italic}Photoshop.{plain} In this chapter movie, I'm going to very briefly cover some of the things that are capable when you have either {italic}Fireworks,{plain} or {italic}Photoshop{plain} installed on your computer along with {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} If you have both programs installed on your computer, you may prefer one, or the other when it comes to doing basic image-editing.

One of the things that you can do from {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} is to select one of your images, and choose to edit it directly in either {italic}Fireworks,{plain} or {italic}Photoshop,{plain} but you have to set up your preferences to let {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} know which one of those programs is your preferred image editor. Before I show you how to do that, I just want to let you know that I have defined the chapter 15 {italic}Fireworks, Photoshop{plain} folder as my site for this chapter. If you have the exercise files, you can work along with me. I'm going to open up the index.html file, which again, is just another version of the teacloud site. I'm missing an image, or two in here. Notice if I select any of these other images in here, down here in the Edit area, I've got a little {italic}Fireworks{plain} icon, which if I click that, will open up that image, and let me edit it in {italic}Fireworks.{plain} If you prefer to work in {italic}Photoshop,{plain} or if you just want to see where these preferences are, go to {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} > Preferences. If you're on Windows, go to Edit > Preferences, and for the Category, select File Types/Editors. You'll notice in here we have the Extensions for several different file types. Not just image types, but we've got .pngs, .gifs, and .jpegs, and .psds for our images.

We also have .wav files and .mp3's for audio files, and .mpeg, and .mov files for video files editors for each one of these types of file formats. For this exercise, I'm only really concerned with our image formats, .png, .gif, and .jpeg. For all three of these, under the Editors area, we have Adobe {italic}Photoshop{plain} CS3, as well as Adobe {italic}Fireworks {plain}CS3. If I'm more of a {italic}Photoshop {plain}guy, and I'm more comfortable working in {italic}Photoshop, {plain}I can easily change {italic}Photoshop{plain} to my primary editor. I'll do that for .pngs. I'll do that for .gif's, and I'll do that for .jpeg's. Just three steps right there, real quick. I click on OK, and notice now that the icon down here has turned {italic}Photoshop{plain} so, now if I click this icon, it will actually open this selected image in {italic}Photoshop{plain} for me to edit. I will be showing you round-trip editing between {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} and {italic}Fireworks,{plain} and {italic}Dreamweaver,{plain} and {italic}Photoshop{plain} in just a couple movies from now.

For now, I just wanted to show you where those preferences are located so, you wouldn't be confused why you might see a {italic}Photoshop{plain} icon in my Properties inspector, but maybe your Properties inspector has a {italic}Fireworks{plain} icon. Just be aware these preferences are there, and a little bit later I'll show you how you can quickly choose your non-primary editor to edit an image if you need to, but first in the next movie, let's talk about some of {italic}Dreamweaver's{plain} built in image editing capabilities.

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  1. 1m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
  2. 21m 0s
    1. HTML vs. XHTML
      3m 4s
    2. What is CSS?
      3m 48s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 11s
    4. What is DHTML?
      1m 9s
    5. What is JavaScript?
      1m 23s
    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
      6m 3s
  3. 46m 18s
    1. Setting up your workspace
      2m 39s
    2. The Welcome screen
      4m 11s
    3. Windows and Mac differences
      3m 18s
    4. The Insert bar
      4m 38s
    5. The Property Inspector
      1m 50s
    6. The Document toolbar
      6m 6s
    7. The Document window
      9m 11s
    8. Panels and panel groups
      6m 58s
    9. Saving workspace layouts
      2m 22s
    10. Defining a default browser
      5m 5s
  4. 24m 59s
    1. Defining a site
      9m 5s
    2. File and folder management
      3m 11s
    3. Understanding path structure
      3m 17s
    4. Adding content to a site
      6m 6s
    5. Creating a site map
      3m 20s
  5. 38m 39s
    1. Creating a new blank site
      6m 0s
    2. Creating and saving a new document
      7m 54s
    3. About DOCTYPE
      3m 59s
    4. Inserting images
      9m 26s
    5. Inserting text
      3m 35s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 9s
    7. Inserting meta tags
      3m 36s
  6. 45m 58s
    1. Link basics
      6m 4s
    2. Linking with Point to File
      5m 18s
    3. External links
      4m 15s
    4. Creating email links
      5m 49s
    5. Named anchors
      7m 37s
    6. Linking to a file
      7m 35s
    7. Image maps
      9m 20s
  7. 1h 8m
    1. About CSS
      4m 52s
    2. Anatomy of a style sheet
      4m 10s
    3. CSS and page properties
      10m 11s
    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
      6m 46s
    5. The CSS Styles panel
      3m 48s
    6. CSS selectors
      2m 37s
    7. Type selectors
      12m 13s
    8. ID selectors
      10m 21s
    9. Class selectors
      5m 42s
    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
      7m 22s
  8. 42m 54s
    1. CSS vs. the Font tag
      2m 42s
    2. Formatting text with the Property Inspector
      8m 41s
    3. What measurement should I use?
      3m 15s
    4. Managing white space with margins, padding, and line height
      8m 34s
    5. Using font lists
      5m 45s
    6. Aligning text
      2m 47s
    7. Creating lists
      5m 8s
    8. Creating Flash text
      6m 2s
  9. 43m 19s
    1. About tables
      1m 28s
    2. Tables in Code view
      2m 36s
    3. Creating and adding content to tables
      7m 40s
    4. Changing table borders with XHTML
      5m 46s
    5. Coloring tables with XHTML and CSS
      6m 41s
    6. Aligning table content
      6m 39s
    7. Sorting tables
      3m 6s
    8. Setting table widths
      4m 48s
    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
      4m 35s
  10. 28m 22s
    1. Dreamweaver's layout tools
      3m 8s
    2. Tracing images
      4m 58s
    3. Adding AP div tags
      7m 29s
    4. Working with Layout Tables
      6m 55s
    5. Adjusting table widths and nesting tables
      5m 52s
  11. 16m 19s
    1. What is a device?
      3m 14s
    2. Attaching a printer-friendly style sheet
      3m 5s
    3. Styling for print
      7m 41s
    4. Adobe Device Central
      2m 19s
  12. 29m 54s
    1. Rollover rules
      3m 31s
    2. Creating simple rollovers
      5m 36s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 12s
    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
      9m 21s
    5. Creating Flash buttons
      4m 14s
  13. 26m 32s
    1. Viewing the code
      6m 9s
    2. Editing in Code view
      3m 0s
    3. The Code toolbar
      5m 11s
    4. Working with Code Collapse
      4m 27s
    5. The Quick Tag Editor
      2m 20s
    6. Working with snippets
      5m 25s
  14. 32m 45s
    1. About forms
      3m 23s
    2. Adding text fields
      9m 52s
    3. Adding checkboxes and radio buttons
      5m 37s
    4. Adding lists and menus
      6m 5s
    5. Submitting form results
      3m 23s
    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 17s
    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
      2m 50s
    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
      1m 5s
  16. 14m 58s
    1. External image editor preferences
      3m 18s
    2. Built-in image editing tools
      3m 11s
    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting
      3m 50s
  17. 34m 16s
    1. Templates in action
      5m 12s
    2. Creating a new template
      6m 36s
    3. Applying templates
      3m 36s
    4. Modifying a template
      1m 40s
    5. Adding repeating regions
      3m 28s
    6. Working with repeating regions
      3m 13s
    7. Adding optional regions
      3m 34s
    8. Creating a library item
      3m 48s
    9. Modifying a library item
      3m 9s
  18. 13m 2s
    1. Using the History panel
      4m 24s
    2. Saving History steps as commands
      3m 25s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      5m 13s
  19. 14m 44s
    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
      4m 6s
    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 29s
    3. Inserting accessible images
      3m 2s
    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 53s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
      3m 14s
  20. 26m 17s
    1. About media objects
      2m 6s
    2. Linking to audio and video files
      5m 56s
    3. Embedding audio and video files
      7m 7s
    4. Setting parameters
      4m 27s
    5. Inserting Flash content
      2m 37s
    6. Inserting Flash video
      4m 4s
  21. 28m 47s
    1. Getting site reports
      3m 35s
    2. Checking links sitewide
      3m 30s
    3. Signing up with Tripod
      6m 36s
    4. Entering remote info
      4m 13s
    5. Publishing your site
      5m 41s
    6. Updating and publishing pages
      5m 12s
  22. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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