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Opening Photoshop files

From: Fireworks CS5 Essential Training

Video: Opening Photoshop files

Integration with Photoshop is an important mandate for Fireworks. Bringing in Photoshop files into Fireworks, or saving files as Photoshop PSDs, has become much more predictable over time. While it's not perfect, we do get some pretty acceptable results. Let's have a look at this process. I've got a Web page up here, one of my tour pages for our Web site. There's a big empty space that's just crying out for some kind of imagery. We happen to have something that our Photoshop designer has built for us, a series of images, a little collage of photos, snapshots of some people who went on one of these cycling tours.

Opening Photoshop files

Integration with Photoshop is an important mandate for Fireworks. Bringing in Photoshop files into Fireworks, or saving files as Photoshop PSDs, has become much more predictable over time. While it's not perfect, we do get some pretty acceptable results. Let's have a look at this process. I've got a Web page up here, one of my tour pages for our Web site. There's a big empty space that's just crying out for some kind of imagery. We happen to have something that our Photoshop designer has built for us, a series of images, a little collage of photos, snapshots of some people who went on one of these cycling tours.

So we want to bring this file into Fireworks. Now, we could open it and copy and paste, but we're going to import it, because it's a much more smooth workflow in that sense. So I'm going to choose File > Import. The file I'm looking for is called collage.psd. You'll see a little preview of it showing up in the Import window. I'm going to click Open. Unlike importing a regular JPEG file, or a flat image file where we go right back to the canvas right away, because we're dealing with a Photoshop file, we get some options.

We have some control over what happens to the file before we get to the actual canvas. So we can change things like the pixel dimensions or the resolution. I'm not going to play around with those things. I like to control my sizing through my Import cursor. But what's really interesting is this area down below where it says Layer Comp. You'll see here, we've got a little preview showing up. You might find, by default, that it's empty. So just click on the Preview check box to make it visible. Now, because we're dealing with a Photoshop file, we also have the option of working with Layer Comps. If the designer created different variations of the design and saved them as Layer Comps in Photoshop, Fireworks actually will see those different Layer Comps, and it gives us the ability to choose between the different options that the designer created.

So, the current one that's visible right now is the extra pic. I've also got two other choices here. I've got a complete one without the note, so there's just the photos. There's one missing image, and there's no little Post-It note. Then there's complete with the note. So I can pick between any one of these three Layer Comps to use for what I'm going to be importing into the design. So I'm going to go ahead and go with extra pic. I like that one. Take a look just below the Comments area. You'll see another dropdown menu. This gives us document-level control on how the file was imported by Fireworks.

So we've got four choices here. Maintain layer Editability over Appearance, that's the default setting. Fireworks will try to keep things as editable as possible, but it may not look exactly like the original Photoshop file. We can choose to maintain Photoshop layer appearance, which means that Fireworks would do the best it can to maintain the appearance of the original Photoshop file, which may mean that certain things are flattened, such as Adjustment layers and things like that. The image will look like it should, but it won't be editable as it would have been in Photoshop. We can also choose Custom Settings from Preferences.

You recall when we worked with the Preferences dialog box awhile back, that we could actually set up our global preferences for how Photoshop files are handled when they're being opened into Fireworks. The last option, Flatten the Photoshop layers to a Single Image, if you know you're not going to need to do anything with the image after it's been imported, if you're positive you won't need to make any adjustments, you can simplify your layer structure by flattening the whole design into one flat bitmap image. Now, in my case here, I want to keep things little more editable. So, I'm going to keep my original choice here, Maintain layer Editability over Appearance.

One last option I want to point out is Import into new layer. Because we are bringing in a multi- layered file, what I'd like to do is try to keep everything together in one sort of master layer for the Photoshop file. So I'm going to click on Import into new layer, and this will keep everything together for me in its own layer separate from everything else. So I'm just going to click OK, and I get my Import cursor again. All I'm going to do is click and drag to a size I think is suitable.

Let go over the mouse and in comes the entire design. If I move my cursor over that collage, you'll see every single photograph in here is a separate element. Even my Post-It note and my text are all separate objects that I can edit anytime that I like. Now, if we take a look over in the Layers panel, you'll see a new layer has appeared called Imported from PS. That's our brand-new layer for the entire collage. If I just select it and hide it, you'll see the entire collage disappears. Everything that's part of that import is inside that main layer.

There's a bit of layer hierarchy inside the layer itself. I'm just going to collapse my Pages panel, so we can see a bit more of what's going on. There is the name of the Layer Comp, extra pic. Inside of that, we've got Group 1, which is basically just the actual Post-It note and the text. Then I've also got all my other images inside of there as well, all the different photos that were used for this design. So, what I'm going to do is just reposition things a little bit. I'm going to hold down my Shift key and make sure that everything is selected.

So I've selected the extra pic layer and the Group 1 layer. You can see on my canvas, everything is completely selected. Now if I hold down my Shift key and use my Right Arrow key, I can just reposition that photo collage a little bit further over into the design. That looks pretty good! So, I'm just going to click away from everything. I just want to point out one other thing here with these individual objects. So I click on this top photo, for example, you'll notice it's got a border and a drop shadow. Well, these are editable Photoshop Layer Styles, which in Fireworks are called Photoshop Live Effects.

If we take a look down the Properties panel, you'll see I've got Photoshop Live Effects as an option in my filters. So if I click on the little Info icon, I can go ahead and edit those options. I could change the Drop Shadow. I could alter the settings there. I could change the Stroke settings. Do whatever I like with it. The great thing is that those effects have been brought over and retained as editable elements. So, just to wrap it up, the design cycle doesn't always happen in a vacuum. There are going to be times when you receive Photoshop files from other designers that need to be incorporated into your existing Fireworks designs, and Fireworks does a pretty good job of bringing those files in.

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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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