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Rulers, guides, and grid

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Video: Rulers, guides, and grid

It's time to talk about one more feature before we leave the Vector Drawing Tools chapter, and that is working with rulers, guides, and grid. I'm going to choose File>New, and create a new file that is 400 by 400, 72 pixels per inch, and white. I'm going to show you a few things about guides and grids. First of all, the way that grids look is different than they were looking in past versions of Fireworks.

Rulers, guides, and grid

It's time to talk about one more feature before we leave the Vector Drawing Tools chapter, and that is working with rulers, guides, and grid. I'm going to choose File>New, and create a new file that is 400 by 400, 72 pixels per inch, and white. I'm going to show you a few things about guides and grids. First of all, the way that grids look is different than they were looking in past versions of Fireworks.

The grid color is lighter and it is created from dotted lines that are gray instead of a solid line. Under View>Guides is where you can show your guides. And under View>Grid is where you can show your grid. Now I have already shown the grid by choosing View>Grid>Show Grid. I can turn it off by clicking this again, View>Grid>Show Grid, and now it's back on again. Under View>Grid>Edit Grid, I can change the color of the grid.

I can change the width of the grid squares; I can make them larger or smaller. I'll make them a bit larger; I'll make them 50 pixels. And you can see if I click Okay now, I don't have to have a grid that is squares, it can be rectangles. Again, View>Grid>Edit Grid, I'll make my grid darker again, so in case you can't see it. I can choose whether I want my objects to snap to the grid or not. Sometimes you can use the snapping to help you quickly align elements inside of a design, other times snapping can be annoying, so you may want to turn this on and off as you need it.

I'll change this to 50 by 50 pixels, and click Okay. And so here's my new fancy grid and it fits nicely inside of my 400 pixel per inch width and height document. Let me show you what snapping will do. I'm going to create a rectangle, it's a black rectangle, and when I move this rectangle you can see that I can get it away from the line if I want to. However, if I choose View>Grid, and turn Snap to Grid on, now when I move this object I can very easily get it to line up right with the grid edges, and you can feel it, it's kind of a kinesthetic experience.

You can feel the object snapping up into the corner. Sometimes you'll want things to snap, other times you'll want to turn off snapping. Okay, so that's the grid. Now, View>Guides, well, guides are not as helpful without rulers, so I'm going to turn on rulers. And by turning on rulers I get two rulers: one at the top of my document window, and one to the left side. Now I could just look at this selected object and see that it's 83 wide by 88 pixels, but the nice thing about the ruler is that it has this origin point.

And when you click in this upper left hand corner you can move this cross-hair and begin your zero at a particular place or object in your document; you can measure widths and heights this way. Now my zero point is starting here where I reset it. So you can click and drag and place this zero point, or the beginning of your ruler, into a new position. To reset the ruler you can double click in the upper left hand corner. I'm going to do that, and you can see that now my zero is repositioned at the upper left hand corner, or the origin of the document.

Another thing that you can do with rulers is drag out guides. Guides can be extremely helpful in designing. Guides are dropped into your document by clicking inside the ruler and dragging down into the canvas. Now you'll notice if I click a guide and use it just to see where the edge of something is and then move it into the gray area, not inside my document, it just disappears. So it's very important to realize that if your cursor, or your handle, is not within the document, notice I might want this green line, this green guide, inside my document, but if I don't have the cursor inside the document when I drop it, it won't stay in.

See I have the guide inside the document, but the cursor is to the left, outside the document, and when I release, no guide. So try that out. Also, the vertical ruler works the same as the horizontal ruler; you can drag out guides, you can just use guides to check alignment. By keeping the cursor outside in the gray area, and when you release, your guide will not drop into your artwork. Under View>Guides again, snapping is on in this case. You can turn it off.

Now it's off. View>Guides, and editing guides allows you to change their color, you can show or hide guides, snap to guides, you can lock guides if you want. If you are done with these particular guides, you could drag them out of your document one at a time. I'll do that in a second here, I'll re-demo that. But to wipe them all out in fell swoop, click the Clear All button and click Okay. Now again, if I drag in a guide I can actually move it out individually by clicking on it again.

So I can move a shape and then go back to a guide and move a guide just like that. Going back one more time into Guides, and >Edit Guides. Whoops, I think I just locked them, but that's okay. >Edit Guides, you can see I inadvertently locked my guides. I'm going to click off locking. This guide area below the horizontal line is an aspect of guides that pertains to working with the web layer in Fireworks, which we will go over in detail. But in the meantime, what you're going to see later is a special type of a guide called a Slice Guide, and it will be red.

I'll point that out to you when we get into that chapter. But just like guides and grids, you can change the color. I can change the slice guide to magenta if I want. Going to change it back to red. And you can show or hide your guides, whether they're slice guides or regular guides that can be shown or hidden. Going to click Okay. So this may be a section you'll want to refer to again later when you get into working with your own more complex documents. But I wanted to give you a quick review on what you can do with guides, how you can control them, and clear them, and work with rulers.

That's it for now.

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Fireworks 8 Essential Training

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  1. 12m 58s
    1. Welcome
      30s
    2. What's new in Fireworks 8
      12m 28s
  2. 42m 30s
    1. The default workspace (Windows)
      3m 55s
    2. The default workspace (Mac)
      1m 30s
    3. Panel management
      14m 32s
    4. Essential preferences
      9m 21s
    5. Selecting tools with the keyboard
      5m 7s
    6. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      2m 54s
    7. Finding help
      5m 11s
  3. 42m 46s
    1. Vectors vs. bitmaps
      6m 19s
    2. Creating basic shapes
      9m 44s
    3. Combining shapes
      6m 9s
    4. Using auto shapes
      4m 1s
    5. Drawing with the Pen tools
      10m 7s
    6. Rulers, guides, and grid
      6m 26s
  4. 17m 27s
    1. The Color Mixer panel
      8m 35s
    2. The Swatches panel
      6m 9s
    3. Using the Eyedropper tool
      2m 43s
  5. 39m 24s
    1. Fill types
      16m 20s
    2. Gradients
      10m 2s
    3. Stroke settings
      6m 21s
    4. Creating custom strokes
      6m 41s
  6. 10m 51s
    1. Pencil, Brush, and Eraser tools
      5m 59s
    2. Tracing art
      4m 52s
  7. 14m 0s
    1. Bitmap Paint Brush settings
      7m 19s
    2. Combining bitmap and vector art
      6m 41s
  8. 56m 54s
    1. The Image Editing panel
      8m 5s
    2. Selecting pixels
      10m 21s
    3. More about selecting pixels
      7m 39s
    4. Saving selections
      6m 3s
    5. Red-eye removal
      3m 12s
    6. Tonal correction with Levels
      7m 16s
    7. Adjusting colors with Hue/Saturation
      4m 15s
    8. The Color Replace tool
      4m 22s
    9. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      5m 41s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Intro to fonts/installing fonts
      1m 5s
    2. Creating and formatting text
      11m 58s
    3. Special characters
      2m 40s
    4. Importing text
      4m 33s
    5. Spell-checking
      2m 58s
    6. Text on a path
      4m 50s
    7. Converting text to paths
      7m 30s
  10. 29m 45s
    1. Layer basics
      11m 12s
    2. Managing layers
      13m 11s
    3. Transparency and Blend Modes
      5m 22s
  11. 10m 13s
    1. Using graphic symbols
      10m 13s
  12. 8m 50s
    1. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 32s
    2. Scaling, skewing, and distorting
      4m 18s
  13. 34m 37s
    1. Using vector masks
      22m 0s
    2. Using bitmap masks
      4m 53s
    3. Using hide and reveal
      4m 10s
    4. Masking with text
      3m 34s
  14. 36m 58s
    1. Live vs. traditional filters
      13m 36s
    2. Shadows
      11m 17s
    3. Working with Styles
      12m 5s
  15. 58m 26s
    1. GIFs
      13m 55s
    2. GIFs with transparency
      6m 46s
    3. JPEGs
      4m 45s
    4. Selective JPEG optimization
      6m 53s
    5. Using the Export Wizard
      7m 28s
    6. The History panel
      6m 39s
    7. Batch processing
      12m 0s
  16. 26m 46s
    1. Image slicing
      13m 21s
    2. HTML slicing
      4m 59s
    3. Exporting a single slice
      7m 14s
    4. The Polygon Slice tool
      1m 12s
  17. 4m 6s
    1. Creating image maps
      4m 6s
  18. 1h 29m
    1. Simple rollovers
      5m 6s
    2. Exporting rollovers
      5m 23s
    3. Complex rollovers
      7m 23s
    4. Button Symbols
      13m 12s
    5. Creating multiple rollovers
      21m 38s
    6. Exporting multiple rollovers
      13m 45s
    7. Rollovers and image maps
      8m 10s
    8. CSS pop-up menus
      15m 0s
  19. 57m 6s
    1. Frame-by-frame animation
      7m 15s
    2. Animated masks
      11m 27s
    3. Sharing layers across frames
      2m 55s
    4. Exporting GIF animations
      2m 59s
    5. Importing photos as animations
      9m 45s
    6. Tweens
      9m 12s
    7. Animating Symbols
      10m 38s
    8. Importing animations
      2m 55s
  20. 22m 13s
    1. QuickExport
      3m 2s
    2. Roundtrip essentials
      2m 54s
    3. Building a simple site
      16m 17s
  21. 8m 25s
    1. QuickExport
      3m 48s
    2. Fireworks to Flash
      4m 37s
  22. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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