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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.
Importing images into an existing design can be quite helpful for a couple of reasons. One, you don't have to open the file and then copy and paste it into your target document or drag and drop it, and two, importing lets you scale the image interactively, so the file was brought in at the right dimensions for your needs. I've got my mockup_tourWine_working file open here, and there's a few things we need to adjust. First of all, you'll see those two big gray boxes. Those are just placement shapes for photos that need to be put in those spots. Also, I've got a logo up here. I'm going to zoom in to 100%.
We'll just take a quick look at that logo for a second. Now the logo that was dropped in here is actually a bitmap image, and I can tell that by looking in the Properties panel. You'll see it says Bitmap. It's called logo. So what this means is if I decide I want to make this logo any bigger, I'm going to have some trouble. If I scale this and make it larger, you can see its quality is breaking down. It's not looking nearly as nice. So what I'd like to do instead of having this bitmap image in here is I'd like to bring in a vector version of the logo that I can scale and change up as I want.
So I'm going to just escape out of that scaling. I'm going to leave that file there just temporarily until I bring in my new image. One of the things you want to make sure of when you're importing files is that you're in the right layer. In my case here, I'm in the main article layer. You can see my logo was currently selected. You can import an image into any layer, but it makes it little easier to find it later on if you know exactly where you are to begin with. So, I'm going to go to File > Import, and there is my file there. It's called bottle.
Just select it and click on Open. Now because I'm importing a different file format, an Illustrator file format, I'm going to get a little message box popping up, asking me what exactly I want to do in terms of options for scaling and so on. Now I'm going to leave these things as they are, because I can adjust a lot of this later on. We'll be talking more about working with Illustrator files in another movie. So I'm going to click OK. Then what I get on my screen is this little inverted L icon. This is the Import icon.
So I can literally just click and drag. This allows me to bring in a scaled version of my vector graphic of whatever size that I want. I think I'm going to go about there. There's my new version of the file. So, I'll just reposition it, and it comes in. In my Layers panel, you will notice under main article, it's at the top of the Layers panel. It's called Group: 7 object. So it's a whole set of vector objects that are grouped together. Now, I'm going to go down to my original logo, and I'm going to delete that just by pressing the Delete key.
I'm going to select my new logo. I'm going to double-click on the name and just going to call this logo. Just so I can remember that it is actually a grouped object, I'm going to type in here, Colon group There we go! Now, as I mentioned earlier, this was an Illustrator file, so it's a vector. So if I just move my page around a little bit here and go ahead to try and scale this, I have a lot of flexibility with this.
Now you can see, I can increase the size of it significantly. There is no breakdown in quality, because we're dealing just with vectors. Whereas, with the original bitmap logo we had there a few minutes ago, there were problems, because a bitmap has a fixed resolution. If we try to scale it larger than its original size, the quality breaks down. So I'm just going to escape out of that. That logo looks pretty good where it is. Maybe, I'll position it a little bit lower there, something along that line. Okay, two more bits to bring in. We've got an image that needs to be dropped in here and also an image that needs to be dropped in here.
Now I know what these two images are going to be. I've got a couple of shots of a vineyard that are being dropped in. Now I'm going to leave the rectangles in place just so I have a good idea of where to put my final image, but the process for importing is pretty much the same as before. We go to File > Import. What I'm looking for in this case is the vineyard photo. I'm going to open that up. In this case, rather than clicking and dragging to size the image, I already know the image is the right dimension. So I'm just going to go and place my Import cursor over on the upper-left corner of the rectangle.
I'm just going to click once. That brings the image in at its original dimension. So, if you click and drag, you can scale the image, or if you just want to click once on the canvas, you'll bring the image in at its original dimensions. I'm just going to reposition that a little bit. There we go! I'm going to get rid of the old rectangle. I'm going to rename this bitmap image, vineyard. We'll do this one more time. We've got one more spot down here, another photo to be dropped in.
File > Import, in this case, it's the oldcreekwinery photo. So I'm going to open that up. Again, I'm just going to place my cursor over in the top-left corner of the original rectangle. We click on the canvas and my image gets dropped in. I'm just using the arrow keys to reposition my image a little bit. I'll rename it. I'll call it old creek photo. I'll just get rid of the original Rectangle.
Importing is something I use quite a bit. I find it saves me a lot of time when I'm building up my designs, so I'm not having to constantly juggle between different windows, opening and closing files, copying and pasting. It's something that can really, I think, speed up your overall workflow.
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