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Creating PDF files


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Fireworks CS5 Essential Training

with Jim Babbage

Video: Creating PDF files

Delivering concepts to the client is a key step in an efficient workflow, and being able to send those ideas and formats that are easy for the client to use is equally important. At its most basic functionality, Fireworks can create a multi-page PDF file for clients to review and give feedback on using the free Adobe Reader. So I've got up onscreen here a document that has several pages full of different logos and illustrations, just ideas that we're putting together for this Web site. And what I want to do is pass this stuff by the client before we go any further with it.
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  1. 3m 42s
    1. Welcome
      1m 22s
    2. What is Fireworks?
      1m 59s
    3. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 1h 27m
    1. Creating and opening documents
      7m 36s
    2. Understanding the interface
      9m 43s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 18s
    4. Setting up rulers, guides, and grids
      10m 7s
    5. Using tooltips and Smart Guides
      5m 40s
    6. Working with panels
      9m 29s
    7. Working with pages
      8m 59s
    8. Working with layers
      13m 13s
    9. Working with states
      4m 35s
    10. Using the Properties panel
      4m 38s
    11. Using the Preferences panel
      7m 34s
  3. 52m 39s
    1. Understanding the Fireworks PNG format
      2m 11s
    2. Saving and exporting files
      5m 11s
    3. Importing files
      5m 34s
    4. Opening Photoshop files
      6m 7s
    5. Opening Illustrator files
      3m 58s
    6. Exporting a single file
      9m 57s
    7. Using the Image Preview window
      1m 52s
    8. Using the Export Area tool
      3m 10s
    9. Creating PDF files
      4m 16s
    10. Saving Photoshop files
      5m 48s
    11. Using Fireworks files for Illustrator
      4m 35s
  4. 1h 2m
    1. Understanding bitmaps
      1m 32s
    2. Resizing images
      3m 48s
    3. Using the selection tools
      8m 0s
    4. Using the drawing tools
      8m 19s
    5. Retouching with the corrective tools: Rubber Stamp
      12m 16s
    6. Using the bitmap effects tools: Blur, Sharpen, and Replace Color
      7m 33s
    7. Using more bitmap effects tools: Dodge and Burn
      7m 1s
    8. Improving images using the Levels filter
      8m 15s
    9. Creating a bitmap mask with a selection
      6m 2s
  5. 1h 10m
    1. Looking at the vector toolset
      6m 53s
    2. Using the Pen tool
      7m 32s
    3. Editing vector shapes with the Freeform and Reshape Area tools
      4m 35s
    4. Filling shapes with patterns and live filters
      3m 17s
    5. Using Auto Shapes
      7m 24s
    6. Using shapes as image elements
      4m 16s
    7. Scaling shapes
      5m 28s
    8. Masking objects with vector shapes
      7m 13s
    9. Applying strokes
      5m 52s
    10. Using Vector Path and Path Scrubber
      6m 9s
    11. Using the Compound Shape tool
      7m 40s
    12. Using Snap to Pixel
      2m 15s
    13. Using Gradient Dither
      1m 46s
  6. 51m 18s
    1. Understanding symbols
      5m 41s
    2. Creating graphic symbols
      13m 11s
    3. Creating button symbols
      10m 22s
    4. Creating animation symbols
      5m 4s
    5. Sharing symbols with the Common Library
      1m 37s
    6. Editing the instance of a symbol
      3m 46s
    7. Adding component symbols to a design
      8m 46s
    8. Exporting and importing symbols
      2m 51s
  7. 17m 34s
    1. Creating GIF animations
      9m 31s
    2. Animating with Twist and Fade
      3m 47s
    3. Creating a tweened animation
      4m 16s
  8. 26m 46s
    1. Using text in Fireworks
      7m 19s
    2. Understanding text properties
      3m 14s
    3. Adding text in a path
      4m 43s
    4. Adding text to a path
      4m 31s
    5. Using text as a mask
      3m 35s
    6. Maintaining crisp text in web images
      3m 24s
  9. 28m 35s
    1. Having fun with filters
      8m 44s
    2. Working with Styles
      4m 10s
    3. Using Blend Modes
      4m 40s
    4. Converting bitmap selections to paths
      3m 50s
    5. Working with Adobe Swatch Exchange files
      2m 33s
    6. Using the Kuler panel for color inspiration
      4m 38s
  10. 1h 14m
    1. Understanding the web toolset
      1m 51s
    2. Creating hotspots
      6m 22s
    3. Using the Slice tool
      8m 57s
    4. Using a master page
      5m 20s
    5. Sharing layers across pages
      4m 49s
    6. Sharing web layers across pages
      3m 30s
    7. Using HTML component symbols
      3m 15s
    8. Creating choices and showing design options to clients
      7m 7s
    9. Importing pages
      2m 47s
    10. Previewing the mockup
      4m 17s
    11. Using HTML prototyping
      5m 22s
    12. Improving the workflow
      20m 30s
  11. 33m 19s
    1. Optimizing images for export, part 1
      15m 36s
    2. Optimizing images for export, part 2
      13m 36s
    3. Generating a CSS-based layout
      4m 7s
  12. 22m 20s
    1. Integrating Fireworks, FXG, and Flash Catalyst
      3m 56s
    2. Integrating Fireworks and Flash
      3m 46s
    3. Using roundtrip editing between Dreamweaver and Fireworks
      5m 52s
    4. Copying and pasting objects to Dreamweaver
      2m 57s
    5. Integrating Fireworks and Device Central
      4m 13s
    6. Working with Bridge
      1m 36s
  13. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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Fireworks CS5 Essential Training
8h 51m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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In Fireworks CS5 Essential Training, author Jim Babbage gives a detailed overview of Fireworks CS5, Adobe's software for creating and optimizing web graphics and interactive prototypes. This course includes a detailed tour of the interface, the enhanced PNG format, and the image editing toolset in Fireworks. Critical concepts, such as prototyping for HTML applications and working with symbols, the heart of an efficient workflow in Fireworks, are covered in detail. Exercise files are included with this course.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Working with pages, layers, and states
  • Importing content
  • Comparing bitmaps and vectors
  • Creating and editing vector shapes
  • Converting artwork into graphic, button, and animation symbols
  • Animating in Fireworks
  • Maintaining crisp text in web images
  • Sharing content between pages
  • Optimizing images for export
  • Integrating with Device Central, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Flash Catalyst
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Prototyping Web Design
Software:
Fireworks
Author:
Jim Babbage

Creating PDF files

Delivering concepts to the client is a key step in an efficient workflow, and being able to send those ideas and formats that are easy for the client to use is equally important. At its most basic functionality, Fireworks can create a multi-page PDF file for clients to review and give feedback on using the free Adobe Reader. So I've got up onscreen here a document that has several pages full of different logos and illustrations, just ideas that we're putting together for this Web site. And what I want to do is pass this stuff by the client before we go any further with it.

Now all the elements that are on here are all vector graphics and see, I can click on these individually. Some of them are grouped together to create larger illustrations but overall, they're all individual vector elements. Now to get this into a PDF file is actually a pretty straightforward process. We go to File and choose Export, and we'll just go into our ch2 folder, and we want to make sure that we're exporting this out as an Adobe PDF file. Now we have some options here for what we're going to export out.

We have All Pages, the Current Page or Selected Pages. And in CS5, we have the option now for Selected Pages. Prior to CS5, we either had All Pages or the Current Page. Those were only real choices. So now we can be to very, very particular as to what we're exporting out in this PDF file. There's another option down below that says View PDF after Export. We want to keep that checked. It's a great way to tell us when Fireworks is done with the export, if nothing else. I also want to go into my Options here. We can see here, we've got some controls for setting up PDF Options, such as Compatibility, the Compression, whether you're using compression or not, what the quality of the file is going to be, whether you're going to convert it to grayscale, which with color graphics is probably not much of point there.

Enabling text selection, if there's text on the page, then we can enable it for selectability. We can even set the Bleed Values for printing. The main options I want to focus on in here are for password protection. Making the document secure. We've got the ability to set up a password to limit who opens the file to begin with. So if you don't want certain people to see it, we can set up a password and only those people with the password can open the file in the first place. We've also got an option, down near the bottom here, to password protect certain tasks. And we can set up a password that will allow for things like Printing, Editing, Copying, and Commenting.

Now the one restriction between these two passwords is they can't be the same password. In my case, all I really want to worry about though is a password for opening the document. So I'm going to go inside here, and I'm going to type in password of explore, and I'll just click OK. I'm brought back to my Export window, and all I've got to do now is click Save, and I've already got an older version of this file sitting around. I am going to overwrite that and within a few seconds, Fireworks finishes the export and launches Acrobat.

And here is my Password window. So I'll type in explore and click OK, and the file is opened up onscreen. So I've got now this entire document. I'm going to zoom out a little bit so it's easier to see everything. There we go. So I've got every single page available for review by the client. Now, I mentioned earlier about commenting on a PDF. And this is something that you have to set up as a designer.

If you have Acrobat Pro, you can actually enable this file for commenting. That way your client can open it up in Adobe Reader, and they can pop in little comment bubbles and ask specific questions about elements inside the design. So to enable commenting, what we have to do is go to the Comments menu and choose Enable Commenting and Analysis in Adobe Reader. We're going to have to save the file again. So I'm just going to overwrite the existing file, and now that file is available for use by your customers or by the people in the design team who want to provide feedback regarding that specific file or elements inside of it.

And by the way, if you find that your image quality is not really what you were expecting, check your file and make sure each page in your file has a canvas color. I found that when I'd export the PDF and my pages have a canvas color, I get much better results.

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