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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.
Sometimes you'll create a symbol which, down the road, you realize you want to use in other documents. Now, if you didn't save it to the Common Library in the first place, this can be a problem, because a symbol is only accessible in the document where it was made, unless the symbol is saved to the Common Library. So we're going to take this existing symbol, and I'll show you how to save it to the Common Library. So I just want to select the symbol, and I'm going to go over to my Document Library options. Around the middle of the menu selections, you have an option to Save to Common Library. So I'm just going to click on that. I get a dialog box popping up and Fireworks automatically goes to the Custom Symbols folder, inside the Symbol libraries.
So if I look down on the file name area, you'll see there's a bit of a naming convention used here. So, you've got the name of the original graphic right there, logo, and it's appended with .graphic, and this extension will change depending on which type of symbol you're saving. So logo.graphic works for me. It's going to save automatically as a Fireworks PNG File, and we'll just click on the Save button. Now, if I go to my Common Library, I go down to Custom Symbols, and I think I'll just give myself a little more breathing room here, expand my panels and inside Custom Symbols, you'll see logo.
So what this means is that I can create a brand-new document. I'll just go to File > New, and let's do 500 x 500, click OK, and I'll go into my Custom Symbols, and you'll see there's my logo. I can just literally click and drag and drop it in. So adding symbols to the Common Library means you can share that symbol with any other Fireworks document that you have on your computer.
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