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Setting external image editing preferences

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Video: Setting external image editing preferences

One of the nice things about working with Dreamweaver is how seamlessly integrates with other Creative Suite applications, so just Photoshop and Fireworks. When working with the images for your site it's inevitable you need to occasionally Tweak or Edit those images. Dreamweaver makes editing your image remarkably easy. Often all that's required is a single click which will then open your image in your favorite image Editing Software. So how does Dreamweaver know which program to use when editing your images? Well in this movie, we're going to take a look at how you can set exactly which programs Dreamweaver uses for Image Editing purposes.

Setting external image editing preferences

One of the nice things about working with Dreamweaver is how seamlessly integrates with other Creative Suite applications, so just Photoshop and Fireworks. When working with the images for your site it's inevitable you need to occasionally Tweak or Edit those images. Dreamweaver makes editing your image remarkably easy. Often all that's required is a single click which will then open your image in your favorite image Editing Software. So how does Dreamweaver know which program to use when editing your images? Well in this movie, we're going to take a look at how you can set exactly which programs Dreamweaver uses for Image Editing purposes.

It's also extremely easy, all you need to do is go to the Preferences. So I am going to go up to the Menu, go to Edit Preferences, of course there is going to Dreamweaver Preferences on the Mac, and you want to choose the File Types/Editors Category over on the left inside. Now at the top, it talks about what types of files they Dreamweaver should open up in Code View. But if you look down towards the bottom of this, we have different file type Extensions. When you highlight them you have a list of programs over here on the right-hand side, the Dreamweaver should use to open those files.

So I'm going to start off by taking a look that was common image type used on the Web which is PNG files, GIFs and JPEG's. So for PNG files currently right now Fireworks is the Primary Editing Program for that and the Photoshop is a Secondary Program. Now if I have another application that I like to use above and beyond these two, I'm free to add that. All I've to do is click the Plus symbol right here, browse out on my computer, find thee program I want and select it. Now in this case, I am actually going to change something here by Default Fireworks is the Primary Program for editing.png files and the reason for that is because Native Fireworks Files have a (.png extension) on them.

So typically, if you Save a Fireworks File as (.PNG file) and you have that file in Dreamweaver, you want to go open backup in the program that you created in. But in this case I have several PNG files that actually have a Photoshop file as a Source File and I would rather a single click giving me a Photoshop. Rather than having to choose Photoshop from a list. So what I am going to do is I am going to select Photoshop and then I'm going to tell to make Primary. You'll notice that now Dreamweaver is reporting to me that Photoshop is now the Primary Image Editing Program for png files.

For gifs I can see the Photoshop is already the Primary and for jpeg it's the Primary as well. So I'm really going to be Photoshop for this particular project to edit all my image files. Now as I mentioned before, you're free to change that, you're free to add other programs, that's one of the nice things about Dreamweaver in terms of the flexibility it gives you, in setting up your Workflows. I am going to go ahead and click OK and I just want to test this out. So I've got a spotlight file open from the 07_02 directory and I am just going to click on any of the images on the page.

I can scroll through the page and select whichever one I want. I'll just going to ahead and grab our first feature image which is the jpeg. Now I notice that here right here on the Properties Inspector there is little icon right here that says Edit. Now you can trigger editing in a couple of different places, the most obvious when you select an image on the page is the Properties Inspector itself. If I click Edit it's going to open up this image directly in Photoshop. But if I go back into Dreamweaver, I see that if I go over to say the Assets Panel that we were looking at earlier.

If I go to over my Site Assets and I go down here and find the same image which is feature 1. If I double-click that again it's going launch this image and switch over to Photoshop. If I switch the Files Panel and I open up the Images Folder, I can scroll down and find the same image Feature 1. And once again, if I double-click that it's going to switch over to Photoshop, open up the image and allow me to Edit within Photoshop. So, pretty much at any stage of being able to interact with an Image File whether it's in the Assets Panel, the Files Panel or one that you already have on the page, simply right clicking, double-clicking or choosing the Proper icon is going to take that image and open it back up in the image editing program of your choice and let you make your changes.

Now the single click editing of images is a fantastic feature. And being able to choose which program that you use for your imaging, makes it even more powerful depending upon how you like to work? Now regardless of whether using Photoshop or Fireworks even Open Source Solutions like GIMP or Acorn, take a second before starting your next Dreamwear Project. Set your Image Editing Preferences to the way you like to work. And this is going to make your Workflow more efficient and save yourself considerable time.

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Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      1m 4s
  2. 5m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 17s
    3. Learning web design
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Looking at the Welcome screen
      5m 9s
    2. Exploring Windows and Mac interface differences
      5m 6s
    3. Arranging panels
      8m 44s
    4. Managing workspaces
      10m 14s
    5. Exploring the Application toolbar
      6m 21s
    6. Exploring the Document toolbar
      8m 47s
    7. Working with the Property inspector
      9m 30s
    8. Using the Insert panel
      6m 30s
  4. 53m 3s
    1. Understanding basic site structure
      3m 46s
    2. Exploring file naming conventions
      2m 10s
    3. Defining a new site
      5m 23s
    4. Managing files and folders
      7m 57s
    5. Adding remote servers
      7m 4s
    6. Uploading files
      12m 46s
    7. Previewing in browsers
      9m 11s
    8. Managing multiple sites
      4m 46s
  5. 36m 41s
    1. Creating new documents
      6m 49s
    2. Setting up new document preferences
      5m 30s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      6m 49s
    4. Working with starter pages
      4m 32s
    5. Managing starter pages
      13m 1s
  6. 37m 23s
    1. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      8m 43s
    2. Importing Word documents
      4m 6s
    3. Adding structure to text
      7m 35s
    4. Creating lists
      4m 35s
    5. Creating definition lists
      4m 0s
    6. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      8m 24s
  7. 44m 41s
    1. Exploring the Code toolbar
      5m 41s
    2. Setting code preferences
      7m 19s
    3. Using code hints
      8m 8s
    4. Wrapping tags
      5m 7s
    5. Adding comments
      6m 29s
    6. Using snippets
      7m 32s
    7. Formatting source code
      4m 25s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Setting CSS preferences
      9m 32s
    2. An overview of the CSS Styles panel
      9m 23s
    3. Creating a new CSS rule
      6m 42s
    4. Using the CSS Rule Definition dialog
      7m 25s
    5. Organizing styles
      7m 22s
    6. Modifying style properties
      6m 17s
    7. Controlling CSS through the Property inspector
      6m 37s
    8. Attaching external style sheets
      5m 54s
    9. Using CSS visual aids
      7m 3s
    10. Using CSS Inspect
      6m 48s
    11. Using the Code Navigator
      6m 39s
  9. 1h 11m
    1. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      7m 30s
    2. Setting external image editing preferences
      4m 26s
    3. Placing images on the page
      10m 12s
    4. Exploring Photoshop integration
      7m 17s
    5. Modifying Smart Objects
      9m 42s
    6. Modifying image properties
      8m 4s
    7. Styling images with CSS
      6m 45s
    8. Using background graphics
      7m 28s
    9. Positioning background graphics
      10m 10s
  10. 36m 23s
    1. Link basics
      3m 17s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 19s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      9m 17s
    4. Using absolute links
      3m 43s
    5. Using named anchors
      6m 41s
    6. Creating an email link
      5m 25s
    7. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      5m 41s
  11. 44m 30s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      5m 20s
    2. Importing tabular data
      6m 46s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      6m 11s
    4. Exploring basic table styling
      9m 42s
    5. Styling alternate rows
      8m 57s
    6. Creating custom table borders
      7m 34s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Understanding how forms work
      2m 45s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 44s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      5m 16s
    4. Setting form properties
      2m 39s
    5. Using the fieldset and legend tags
      2m 52s
    6. Inserting text fields
      6m 56s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      7m 54s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      4m 14s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      3m 52s
    10. Inserting submit buttons
      2m 25s
    11. Exploring basic form styling
      8m 2s
    12. Exploring form element styling
      8m 36s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Adding CSS3 transitions
      8m 29s
    2. Spry overview
      2m 44s
    3. Using Spry widgets
      3m 57s
    4. Adding Spry effects
      8m 1s
    5. Using the Widget Browser
      7m 4s
    6. Extending Dreamweaver
      3m 10s
  14. 1m 2s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 2s

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