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Resizing images

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Video: Resizing images

Rarely do the images that we need arrive at exactly the right sizes for all users. Resizing images on the canvas can be handled in a variety of ways. We can work with the Scaling tools in the selection part of the Tools panel. We can go into our Modify menu and choose one of the Transform submenus. But in CS5, we have a brand-new feature for scaling right inside the Properties panel. Down near the left-hand side of the Properties panel, right beside the Width and Height, you will see a little icon. This is the Constrain Proportions icon. When I click on that icon, and it gets filled with a little black square, it means that I can change either the width or the height, and I will proportionally scale the other dimension.

Resizing images

Rarely do the images that we need arrive at exactly the right sizes for all users. Resizing images on the canvas can be handled in a variety of ways. We can work with the Scaling tools in the selection part of the Tools panel. We can go into our Modify menu and choose one of the Transform submenus. But in CS5, we have a brand-new feature for scaling right inside the Properties panel. Down near the left-hand side of the Properties panel, right beside the Width and Height, you will see a little icon. This is the Constrain Proportions icon. When I click on that icon, and it gets filled with a little black square, it means that I can change either the width or the height, and I will proportionally scale the other dimension.

So I am going to go and change my width here from 3888 pixels down to a much more manageable Web size. I am going to try about 600. And as soon as I press the Tab key, the image automatically resizes inside the window. Now, you might notice that while the image got smaller, the entire file didn't shrink at all. We still have a 3888 pixel wide file. And that's fine, because we can fix that really easily too. I am just going to click away from my graphic.

And inside the Properties panel, I have a nice magical little button called Fit Canvas. And when I click on that, the Canvas is resized to fit the current image size. So it's a great way to resize things without having to go into numeric transform or fiddle around with the scaling tools. Now, another type of scaling can be done using the 9-slice scaling tool. And this is a tool that was introduced in Fireworks CS4. So we are going to try this with a different image. So I've got a file here of a bird.

So what I want to do here is I want to turn this into more of a panoramic image. Now, if I try to do this with my standard scaling tools like the Regular Scale tool here and just drag, like so, you will notice that what happens is the bird gets distorted. Everything gets stretched. And that's really not ideal here. Now, with certain images, and this one's a pretty good candidate, we can actually work with a tool called the 9- slice scaling tool to give us some of the scaling without the same kind of distortion that you were going to get by using just the plain old Scaling tool.

So I am going to go into my Scale tools and use 9-slice scaling. And the idea behind the 9-slice scaling tool is that you're basically keeping elements safe from being distorted or stretched. And I will show you what I mean as I drag these guides around. I am just going to move this guide over this way and my right-hand guide I am going to move over that way as well. What I am looking for is an area in the vertical middle that doesn't have a lot of detail that we can get away with fudging a little bit for scaling.

And I've got that area there. I have got a little bit of mountain range in the background, but it's fairly blurry. So we can probably make that work out fairly well. The key is the bird is not part of that central grid area. So I basically can now stretch this horizontally like so, and you notice nothing happens to the bird. The background, in this image, is sufficiently out of focus to begin with that we are getting a pretty reasonable result. I am just going to go ahead and commit to this.

And I'm going to click away from my image and then fit the canvas, and you can see there, we have got a fairly decent rescaled image. It's a little more of a panoramic image. We have certainly changed the geography a little bit in the process, but we have gotten a fairly interesting result here and we maintained our main key element, that being the bird. It's not been distorted whatsoever. Now like I said, this won't work in every single image. If you have an image with a lot of detail, the 9-slice scale tool is probably not going to be much help to you. But if you have this kind of image where you have got areas that don't have a lot of information that can get away with being distorted in and of themselves, you might find this to be a tool that's helpful.

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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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