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Scaling shapes

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Video: Scaling shapes

When you scale a vector object in one direction only, unwanted distortions can occur. Nine-slice scaling helps to eliminate this type of problem, and we can use it in a couple different ways. Whenever you create a symbol, you are given the option to enable 9-slice scaling. And now there's also the 9-slice scaling tool, which we've seen in the bitmap section of the course, which can be used on pretty much any object, even if it's not a symbol. We are going to take a look at how 9-slice scaling works on vectors. But first, let's take a look at this vector shape we have a screen, and try to scale it without applying 9-slice scaling. If you take a look in the mockup_ tourSnow_working.png file, now I've got my Web design here open from my snowboarding Web page, and you'll notice over on the left-hand side, we have some Monthly Specials.

Scaling shapes

When you scale a vector object in one direction only, unwanted distortions can occur. Nine-slice scaling helps to eliminate this type of problem, and we can use it in a couple different ways. Whenever you create a symbol, you are given the option to enable 9-slice scaling. And now there's also the 9-slice scaling tool, which we've seen in the bitmap section of the course, which can be used on pretty much any object, even if it's not a symbol. We are going to take a look at how 9-slice scaling works on vectors. But first, let's take a look at this vector shape we have a screen, and try to scale it without applying 9-slice scaling. If you take a look in the mockup_ tourSnow_working.png file, now I've got my Web design here open from my snowboarding Web page, and you'll notice over on the left-hand side, we have some Monthly Specials.

And they have got a little tan- colored background behind them. I have two more activity based monthly specials that are showing up down here at the bottom, but they don't have the background. So I want to scale this kind of background, and you'll see there is a little symbolic Golden Gate Bridge here. I want to scale this to be long enough to contain all of my different monthly specials. So I am going to go ahead and select the shape, and I am going to grab my Scale tool, and I am going to drag straight down. When I let go of the mouse, while I do end up covering all of my specials, you might notice that the bridge itself got a little bit distorted, and we really don't want that.

And you'll notice actually, for that matter, we end up with our Monthly Specials text sort of sitting outside of the background as well. So, not really an ideal option here. We've got too much distortion going. So I am going to go back by pressing Ctrl +Z, back to my original, and I am going to choose my 9-slice scaling tool. And again, you'll see our guides, our little blue 9-slice scaling guides, and the idea is, when you're using 9-slice scaling guides, is to keep the areas you don't want distorted in the outer areas, or the outer corners of the grid.

So my main concern here is that my bridge doesn't get distorted. And I want to keep some this top background color where it is so that I don't end up having a problem with my text basically overlapping the top part of the background. So I can pretty much leave my 9-slice scaling guides they way they are in this case. We're only going in one direction, and I'll just go down to my bottom scaling handle and drag, and you'll see this time, perfect extension. The bridge isn't distorted. Our Monthly Specials text isn't suddenly popping up above or bleeding out of our Monthly Specials container.

It looks a whole lot nicer. So 9-slice scaling can come in really handy with vectors. Now, this was a pretty straightforward example. We have a rectangle and so on. But what if you're dealing with objects or shapes that aren't quite even, as we have like with this rectangular box? Let's take a look at our snowboard.png file here, and this is one of many different icons that were created for the snowboarding Web page. And what I'd like to do I'd like to make this snowboard act as a divider between content on my page. Now again, if I just go ahead and choose my regular Scaling tool and drag the snowboard out, it gets a little bizarre.

So not really what we want here. But again, 9-slice scaling can come in really handy for this. I am going to go ahead and choose my 9-slice scaling tool. And the trick is to make sure you find an area that can be stretched without causing any major distortion or weirdness or whatever you want to call it. So I am kind of looking for the straightest part of my snowboard, and I am just going to drag my guides into that pink area, and I think I'll zoom in a little bit too. If you're working with a scaling tool or some other tool and you want to zoom in don't forget you can press Ctrl+Plus or Ctrl+Minus to zoom in and out very easily.

So there is my space in there. That's the area it's going to get scaled as I increase the size of my snowboard. And I'll just do this a little bit on the screen so you can what we've got. Just drag it out, and you can see that scaled pretty well. We are still having our nice curve at the edges of the snowboard. The spot that we choose for the scaling was a relatively straight portion of the snowboard. And we ended up getting a pretty decent scaling going on. So this is the process I want to apply for my dividers. Let's see it in action. I am going to press Escape. I'm going to select my snowboard with the Pointer tool.

I am going to press Ctrl+C, go to my other document. Make sure I am in the general right area. I have lots of different layers inside of this design. So I want to make sure I am in the main general area and where I want to be is in the main article. So I am just going to select the main article, and I am going to press Ctrl+V. There is my little snowboard, not very big. So I am going to reposition him, like so. And I am going to grab my 9-slice scaling guides, and again, I am going to zoom in a bit on this, because I want to be relatively accurate here. And again, that was Ctrl+Plus to zoom in, and now I'll just drag my guides.

And I don't want have a lot of space in here for scaling, because you notice that the snowboard starts to curve out fairly quickly. So I want to pick a spot that's relatively straight. I hold down my Spacebar and just scroll over a bit, or pan over a bit, maybe zoom out one step, so I can see the entire width here. There we go. Oh, I lost my scaling guides. So I'll have to apply those again, and that can happen sometimes. You'll notice though as I reselect my 9-slice scaling tool, the guides all automatically get reset back to the original settings, and they will do that anytime you use the 9-slice scaling guides.

You can't sort of lock them into a certain spot. And I'll just drag across, use my smart guides to line things up. There we go, and I'll zoom back out. So the 9-slice scaling tool can come in handy not just for working with some bitmap images, but also for a quite a few vector images as well.

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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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