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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.
I Mentioned in the last lesson that I would like to have the Pages panel separate from all the other panels inside the panel dock. And I've got some reasons for that. The Pages feature in Fireworks is a really useful tool. It enables you to have different designs, different concepts of designs, and even different resolutions with inside the same PNG file. So we are going to have a look at the whole Pages feature by examining the Pages panel in a bit more detail. I have already got my Pages panel in its own panel grouping here in the panel dock. I am going to collapse might Optimize panel just by double-clicking on the gray tab bar, and that allows me to see a lot more of my Pages panel.
And I am just going to spread things out a little bit between my layers and my Pages panel. Now you'll notice inside this design I have five different pages, one called common, which is currently visible onscreen, you can see it's just a background, another one called Page 1, Page 2, Page 3 and Page 4. These are all different mockup for a final Web site. Now I can navigate through the pages, like I just did a minute ago by clicking on each individual page, like so. I can also navigate through inside the document window by going to the page navigator and choosing the page that I want to work with.
And this can come in pretty handy if you don't have enough room in your Pages panel to see all of your pages. Maybe you've got a lot of pages. Maybe you just don't have a big space to display the Pages panel. So for example, right now, by shortening the Pages panel, I can't see all the pages that are there, but I can grab my page navigator and switch over to Page 4, or move back up to my common page really, really easily. So that's another way to navigate through the pages. And lastly, I've got another selecting option here inside the Pages panel itself.
So I can move around several different ways, whatever works best for you. Now I can create new or duplicate pages also quite easily right from the Pages panel. I am just going to down at the bottom of my Pages panel, click on my last page, Page 4 at the moment. And in the bottom of the Pages panel, we have got two icons. We've got the New Duplicate Page icon and the Delete Page icon. Now the Delete Page icon is probably pretty obvious. You can just select a page and click on the little trashcan, and it goes away. But in terms of creating New or Duplicate pages, it's, again, an easy process, but let me just walk you through it.
If I want to create a brand-new empty page just have a new page where I can start a new layout, all I have got to do is click on that icon, and I get a brand-new empty page. There is no content here whatsoever. However, if I'm working in a Web page design scenario, like I am with this specific file, I am probably going to want to duplicate a page. So I've got a lot of my main components available to me right away. So I going to trash that empty page, and I am going to grab my Page 4 and just drag it down to the new page icon, and that creates - once I let go of the mouse - a duplicate.
You can see here, it says, Page 4 Copy. So I have got an exact copy of my previous page, like exactly the same. And from there I can go ahead and customize it. I can zoom in, and I can select the text that's in there. I can change the copy. I can add or remove graphics. I can do whatever I want, without having to start right from the beginning. Now you'll notice also as I add these pages in, they get a little numbering sequence beside them. So we scroll to the very top here, 01, and then all the way down to the bottom, 06. I am just going to expand my Pages panel again a bit.
If I was to move one page to a different location in this stacking order of pages, that sequence number will be adjusted. So if I grab that last page I've just created and drag it between pages 4 and 5 and let go, you'll see that it now updates that sequence, so it's now called Page 5. Now the numbering sequence is a Fireworks feature. If it's something that you don't like, you can also turn it off. We can go into our pages options, and you'll see an option here for Numbering. If I select that option, it'll basically deactivate the numbering, and all we'll see here the current page names.
Some people like the numbers, some people don't. You've got the ability here to actually change that to the way you want to work. Now speaking of page names, we've got some pretty basic generic names here at the moment, and we want to be able to name our pages for a couple of different reasons. One of them is it's hard sometimes to see everything that's on the page in this tiny, little thumbnail. The other reason is when we start building out a functional clickable prototype, these page names become the actual Web page names for the files that Fireworks will export.
So I want to name these based on the best practices for file naming. So I am going to double-click on Page 1, and you see I get the ability to highlight that text, and I am just going to change this from Page 1 to index. I go to my second page, and this one is all about the mission statement, so I am going to change this from Page 2 to mission. I'll select Page 3, and this is all about tours, so I'll change that to tours, and Page 4 Copy.
That was the extra one we created a little while ago, so actually I am not going to use that one. I am just going to delete it again. And the original Page 4 is a more specific page about a Taste of California. So if I switch back up to the original tours, that's kind of the opening page, here it's more detailed, so I am going to change this from Page 4 to tasteCali. Okay. Sort of I jumping off point for, again, a series of other tours that can be accessed from this Web site, so now I've got an index page, I've got a mission page, I've got tour's page, and tasteCali page. Now the last one up here, or the first one, rather, is the common page, and this basically just has my background.
If I have elements that are going to appear on every single page in my design, and they are not going to shift around at all, then it can be really helpful if I put those elements all on one page and turn that page into a master page. In the case of our design here, we do have some changes. Index looks a lot different, for example, from the mission page. So the main common element throughout all these pages, really, is the background. So we are going to turn this common page here into a master page, and we'll see what happens to our design.
I am just going to select the page and go to my Options and choose Set As Master Page. Now that its set as such, as I click through the individual pages, you'll see that that background gets added to every single page in the design, and the great thing about this is, because it's common to every single page, if I make any changes to this background, it's going to be reflected in every single page in the design. So if I go down to my Layers panel, expand my background layer, I've got a little object here called background solid. It's a blue rectangle.
If I go and change the color of that blue rectangle, I'll go over to my Properties panel, and just click in my color fill box, and just grab a different color for now, any color really, just to show you the example here. Change that color to more of a golly, earthy brown. If I move into my other pages in my design, you'll see that that background gets updated on every single page. So that can save me a lot of time. If I've got common elements like this, I only have to change them ones. I don't have to worry about going into every single page of my mockup to make a change.
And one last option I want to show you, before we say goodbye to the Pages panel for a little bit, is the ability to export pages. Now this is a new feature in CS5. If I select my index page, for example, I can go into my page Options, and I can choose to Export Selected Page or Pages, so when I click on that option there, I am brought to an Export Window. I can choose whether I want to export out Images Only, or I have lots of other choices here. I'll just stick with Images Only in this case.
I don't have any Slices. That's something we'll be talking about a little bit later. And what do I want to do in terms of export? I can choose Current Page, Selected Pages or All Pages. So I can just choose whichever one of those that I want, and I can just click on the Save button. That will export this out in whatever the default file format was for that particular page. So it gives me a way of generating a flattened version of the file relatively quickly, and by flattened I mean there is no layers. It's just like a JPEG file. It's just a one plain layer.
So I'll just cancel out of that. We'll be doing a lot more with exporting when we get into our Web design section of the course. When you're working with Fireworks, you know, work smarter, not harder. Use the pages feature to contain your entire design in one file location, even including rough layouts if you want. Pages are pretty flexible elements, Each page can have its own dimensions, as I mentioned earlier, even its own Web layer for interactivity, and its own regular layers, and its own print resolutions. There's a lot of flexibility there for you to work with.
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