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Using tooltips and Smart Guides

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Accurate placement of objects on the canvas is very important when you're dealing at the pixel level. Fireworks has other tool to help you in this area, on top of Rulers, Guides and Grids, and they're tooltips, Smart Guides and the Align panel. We're going to take a look at these features and see how they can speed up the layout process, but first we're going to open up a couple of files. So I'm going to go to my File menu and choose Open, and I want mockup_index_working2, and if I hold down the Control key, I can also choose another one called monthly_specials.

Using tooltips and Smart Guides

Accurate placement of objects on the canvas is very important when you're dealing at the pixel level. Fireworks has other tool to help you in this area, on top of Rulers, Guides and Grids, and they're tooltips, Smart Guides and the Align panel. We're going to take a look at these features and see how they can speed up the layout process, but first we're going to open up a couple of files. So I'm going to go to my File menu and choose Open, and I want mockup_index_working2, and if I hold down the Control key, I can also choose another one called monthly_specials.

With those two Files selected, I'll just choose Open, and I'll open up both of those files at the same time. There we are. So there's my mockup Page there, and basically picking up where we left off in the previous movie, we've got our little photo in place. And what we want to do now is we want to add in a couple of more Elements over here in the monthly_specials area. So once again, I'm going to split the View here. I want to grab my monthly_specials file, drag it over and split the view between the two pages, and I don't need a lot of room for the monthly_specials.

So I'm just going to go ahead and reposition that a little bit, and let's take a look at this mockup a little bit closer. So I've got the monthly_specials area here, and I've also got another box down below. And if you take a good look, this is another place where Guides can come in handy, and can get a really quick understanding of when things aren't aligning up. And you'll notice that this box down below is a little bit further over to the left-hand side. So we're going to utilize one of our tools here for aligning these Options. So we're going to use the Align panel to make sure that these two boxes are actually matched up, in terms of their positioning.

So I'm going to go ahead and select that top box, just by clicking on it. Actually, I'll grab my Pointer tool and select it, and if I hold down the Shift key, and click, I can select the other box below. And again, it's really obvious the Guides and also the little Control Handles you see around the boxes indicate that there's a difference in alignment here. I'm going to go over to my Align panel, which should be open inside of Fireworks. But if it's not, go to the Window menu and look for Align. And all I want to do at this point is just align these two Guides up, based on the right-hand side of the boxes. So I'm just going to go in to my Alignment Options and choose Align right edge.

And just a minor shift occurred to the bottom box, so now they're both lined up exactly on the same left edge, which makes things a little bit cleaner. Now we have in the monthly_specials area, you'll see we've got one of them already set up here. We've got an Icon for the Company and little bit of information about the package, and I've got two other icons that I want to bring in, From Desert to Sea and Backpack Cali, and they're both over inside of my monthly_specials_icons files. And again, I'm going to select one of my graphics, just like so, and I'm going to move this graphic in.

I'm just going to drop it anywhere for the time being. Now once I let go of it and start to reposition it, you'll notice I get these horizontal and vertical Guides, these kind of Red and White or Pink and White Guides. These are what are referred to as Smart Guides, and by default, they are turned on, and what they do is they help you align objects based on the position of other objects on the canvas. So what I want to make sure of is that I make sure that this icon is lined up, not just along the left edge, because I've got a Guide to help us with that, but also in terms of its position with the Text beside it.

So I'm going to try and make sure that that lines up along the middle of the text, so I get that nice horizontal line running through Day 2 Salton Sea, and I just let go over the mouse, and I've got a nice alignment there for that particular icon. I've got one more icon to place. That's my Backpack Cali, so I am going to select that one for my monthly_specials file and drag it over as well. I'll just let go of it, and now once it's inside the canvas, I can, again, start positioning it based on Smart Guides. I'm going to align it over to the left- hand side with the help of the Smart Guides and also my Standard Guides, and I want make sure the logo runs, again, along that vertical center for Big Sur Retreat.

And once I get that lined up the way that, I want is I'll just let go over the mouse, and it's all dropped nicely into place. Smart Guides, are, again, one of those features you have some control over. So if I go up to my View menu, you'll see an Option here for Smart Guides, and right now, by default, Smart Guides are turned on when you install Fireworks, so I've got, Show Smart Guides and Snap to Smart Guides. So not only am I seeing the Guides as I'm moving them around, I'm also able to Snap my objects to those Guides. So it gives me, again, an ability to reposition elements on the screen without having to go into the Align panel, for example.

I have a little more sort of interactive way of positioning my elements, and it's still quite accurate. One last feature I want to show you is something called tooltips. Now you'll see it inside the View menu as well, and currently it's not selected. So if I choose that one and click it, what tooltips gives me is a heads-up display of the actual pixel location of an object that I'm moving around the canvas. So for example, if I grab my Desert to Sea Icon, and start to reposition it, you'll see that I get not just my Smart Guides, but I also see inside a little Gray Bubble there, the actual X and Y coordinates for that specific object.

So not only can I align things with the Smart Guides, and the Guides, I actually get to know, exactly where that element is being placed. Let's see. Let get that guy back in place. Here we are, just like so. All right. So there's the three other Layout Features. We've got the Align panel, we've got the tooltips for showing you Pixel precise locations of your objects, and we've got the Smart Guides to help you align objects based on the position of other objects on the canvas.

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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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