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Creating a bitmap mask with a selection

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Video: Creating a bitmap mask with a selection

The advantage to masking is that it's not permanent. You can always change the mask, even after the file has been saved and closed. Try doing that with the Eraser or Crop tool. Making a mask from a Bitmap Selection is a pretty common technique. It's a great way to isolate different images withinside of another image. Now I've got my file open here red_rock_ adventure.png, and you're seeing kind of the starting point for things. Let me just quickly show you how this file ends up. I'm going to hide my start layer in my Layers panel.

Creating a bitmap mask with a selection

The advantage to masking is that it's not permanent. You can always change the mask, even after the file has been saved and closed. Try doing that with the Eraser or Crop tool. Making a mask from a Bitmap Selection is a pretty common technique. It's a great way to isolate different images withinside of another image. Now I've got my file open here red_rock_ adventure.png, and you're seeing kind of the starting point for things. Let me just quickly show you how this file ends up. I'm going to hide my start layer in my Layers panel.

There is my final version of the file, and you can see this is a much more interesting image. It's not as jumbled together. I've isolated different elements of each photograph, and place them on the Canvas in a way that I find to be pleasing, and it's all done using Bitmap masks. So we're going to switch over to our start layer here. I'm going to hide and lock my finish layer, so I don't accidentally select anything there. Let's walk through this process. I'll just collapse the finish folder. I'll expand my start folder here, and we can see there are all the individual images inside of our design, and adding a Bitmap Mask is a pretty easy thing to do.

We'll just grab our Bitmap Selection tool, and I'll draw a rectangle over our cyclist in the foreground here. No I'm not going to get an exact match to the finished file, and that's not the important thing here; the important thing is to experiment and try things out. Once I've released the mouse, I get my little Marquee moving around my cyclist. If I go over to my Layers panel, I want to make sure that my individual cyclist is selected. There he is there. All I have got to do to add the Mask is go down and click on the Add Mask icon.

And just like that, he is cropped. Now I haven't actually removed any image information. In fact, if I grab my Pointer tool, you'll see that I still see the outer border of the original image. What's really need about a Mask is once it's been applied, you can actually move your object around inside of the Mask. You'll notice this little control handle right in the middle of the photograph. If I click and drag that, I can reposition my cyclist within the Mask. So if I didn't get him exactly in the right spot, no big deal. I can go ahead and make other changes to it. There we go.

Now the same kind of concept applies to the other images and to different degrees of severity. Now I'm going to hide my top image. It makes a little easier for me to see it, what I'm doing. I'm going to go down to my cyclists that are moving along the shoreline, grab my Bitmap Selection tool again, and just draw my next Bitmap Selection, just like so. Again, make sure that the image that you want to apply the Mask to is currently active in the Layers panel, and then all you've got to do is click on the Add Mask icon and bingo, it applied just like that. And the same concept applies to the other three graphics.

So I'll just quickly go through those ones. So you can see the end result. Lastly, our alone cyclist. Nice shadows in the foreground. So in fairly short order, I've been able to mask all five of my images. Now the other effects you noticed with the finished file, we had a little Drop Shadow behind our photos, and as well we had a Stroke behind the photos, and that, again, is an easy thing to do.

I can do this in a couple of different ways. I'm going to try this with the group idea in mind. First, I'll grab my Pointer tool, hold down my Shift Key and select each of the images in my designs. So, all five of the photographs are selected. Now I can do it on the Canvas like I just did there, but if you find that difficult to do because of the overlapping images, there is nothing wrong with selecting them from the actual Layers panel as well. If you find that easier, by all means, go ahead and do so. Now we're going to go into our Live Filters menu here.

We're going to go to the Photoshop Live Effects. These are basically Photoshop layer styles. Now we don't have quite the robust interface that we have with Photoshop for handling these layer styles, but we can do the basics. The nice thing is these Effects are directly supported within Photoshop. So I'm going to select my Drop Shadow, and you'll see because I have all my images selected at the same time, all five images get the Drop Shadow at the same time. I'm going to increase the Size to about 10, and the Distance to about 10 to get myself a little more impact with the Drop Shadow, and now I'm going to go down and select my Stroke.

I really like this feature. It's not perfect, but there is no feature inside of Fireworks that allows you to run a Stroke directly around an image. So it's a great tool for adding a border around a photograph. Now we're going to make a couple of changes here. First of all, I want to set the Size of this to, well, let's go to about 10 pixels as well, a nice round number. I also want to change the Position of the Stroke. You'll notice that aside from it being incredibly violently red, it's got rounded corners, and I don't really like that.

So I'm going to change the Position of the stroke to Inside, and that gives us a nice, crisp corner around all four sides. I'm going to change the Color obviously from that bright red to white, and click OK. That one Photoshop Live Effect, by selecting all those images first and then going into the Live Filters, and working with the Photoshop Live Effects, I'm able to add that same effect to every single image. The nice thing about that is it makes it consistent. I didn't have to go and apply them one at a time, and then worry if I had the right settings each time.

This gave me the ability to do it all at once. Masking gives you the ability to crop an image with the freedom to change your mind later on. You can edit a mask while it's applied to an image. You can apply Live Filters and even reposition an image within a mask without having to ungroup the two objects.

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Fireworks CS5 Essential Training

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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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