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Generating a CSS-based layout

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Video: Generating a CSS-based layout

Current best practices expect that Web designers build their pages using CSS and HTML. Fireworks has an Export option that can help out in this area called CSS and Images Export. We are going to take a look at the feature and talk about its benefits and its limitations. If you are planning to use the CSS and Images Export, one of the things to keep in mind is you want to keep your layout relatively simple. Try to avoid overlapping objects, and think of your site as being built inside of a grid design. If we take a look at our Layers panel here, I'll show you a bit of what I mean.

Generating a CSS-based layout

Current best practices expect that Web designers build their pages using CSS and HTML. Fireworks has an Export option that can help out in this area called CSS and Images Export. We are going to take a look at the feature and talk about its benefits and its limitations. If you are planning to use the CSS and Images Export, one of the things to keep in mind is you want to keep your layout relatively simple. Try to avoid overlapping objects, and think of your site as being built inside of a grid design. If we take a look at our Layers panel here, I'll show you a bit of what I mean.

This site has four main content areas: a sidebar on the right-hand side, a content area, a header and a sidebar area over on the left-hand side. Each one of these rectangles constitutes essentially a

in a CSS-based layout. That's the way we are using them here. We are using them to act as containers for our content. Let's walk through the export process and see what we end up with at the end. I am going to File > Export, and we'll go into our lesson 10 folder.

We'll create a brand-new folder for this file. We'll just call it css. Open that up. Before I actually do the export, let's take a look in the Options. Now, in this General tab we have a few options we can set up for the CSS export. First of all, we can decide whether we want to Write the CSS as an external file or keep it internal to the page. It's really our call. Secondly, we've got options in Document Properties. We can browse for an existing Background Image and add that to the Web page background, if we have one.

We can set whether the background image to Repeat, and if so, in what direction, and we can also set its Attachments setting. Down below that we've got the option for Page alignment. We can choose between left, right and center. This is a fixed width design we are working with here. So we are going to go with the center-based alignment. I'll just click OK. From there, all we have to do is click Save. You'll get a warning from Fireworks if your design contains fonts that are considered to be non-standard HTML fonts. Essentially, what Fireworks is doing is warning you that the fonts may not display properly, and asking either that you pick a more common font or that you cover the area with a slice.

I am not too, too worried about the font itself. I can certainly change that later on when I'm working with the page in Dreamweaver. So I'll click OK. The process is a fairly, quick one. It's a single page that we are exporting. So I am going to hop over to my folder, and we'll browse for that page. There we go ch10/css. You'll see in here we've got an index page and also a css page called index as well. Inside a folder here are the images that make up the entire site. So we'll just go back up one level, and we'll select the Web page.

Just double-click on it to open it up. There is your design put together using Fireworks CSS and images export. You see it's done a fairly accurate job. Now, you'll notice below in the bottom two areas, the columns don't extend all the way down. That's pretty typical for a CSS-based layout. Divs only extend to hold the content within them. They don't extend any further from that. So we've got a relatively accurate rendering of our Fireworks Web design. Now, if we take a look in the design itself, I can go inside and select the text, so it's all HTML-based text. It's not a graphic, in any of those places there, we can grab any of the text that we want, even over on the sides where we've got our small little labels for our menus. Okay.

They are a little off-center, that we need to be tweaked inside Dreamweaver, for example. But it is all standard, regular text, complete with styles. So not a bad job there. So we are going to hop back over to Fireworks. Now, I want to stress that the ability to export CSS and images from Fireworks, doesn't excuse anyone from getting a good handle on HTML and CSS. In fact, in many cases, even when you do export a design successfully from Fireworks, chances are you are going to need to tweak it a little bit in a program like Dreamweaver. If you are planning to build a relatively complex site, you may want to consider exporting your graphics out as normal from Fireworks and then using an application such as Dreamweaver to actually build your CSS-based layout.

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Fireworks CS5 Essential Training

92 video lessons · 29478 viewers

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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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