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Working with tabbed documents

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The Adobe interface has some very handy document management features. On both Windows and Mac, we can work with tabbed documents. We'll learn more about the Mac features later on in this video, but first, let's have a look here in Windows. By default, multiple open objects display in a tab view. You can see along the top of my Document Window area. I've a whole series of tabs. I can click on these individually, and I'll see that currently selected image or design. While the view has its benefits, because it keeps things fairly neat and organized, it's difficult to work with if you need to be moving objects from one file to another.

Working with tabbed documents

The Adobe interface has some very handy document management features. On both Windows and Mac, we can work with tabbed documents. We'll learn more about the Mac features later on in this video, but first, let's have a look here in Windows. By default, multiple open objects display in a tab view. You can see along the top of my Document Window area. I've a whole series of tabs. I can click on these individually, and I'll see that currently selected image or design. While the view has its benefits, because it keeps things fairly neat and organized, it's difficult to work with if you need to be moving objects from one file to another.

Now you can break apart this tab view into a series of panes, so you can see more documents at one time. Let's have a look at this feature. I've got a variety of different files opened for the purposes of this video. You can certainly open these up. They're in the Chapter 1 folder, or you can just open up a few of your own files. The specific files themselves aren't that important. So let's take a look here, again, at the top, right here where my first file is, my mockup_index.png file. If I want to separate this one design from the other files that are in the Tab Bar, all I've got to do is select the tab by clicking on it, and drag it away for the Tab Bar.

You'll see it's kind of floating around at the moment. When I let go the mouse, it's now a floating Window. So I can reposition it anywhere I like. This also means that I can bring up another image in the background. There is my monthly_specials or my red_rock_adventure and so on. Now if I got a file and I want to work on a very specific part of it, sometimes a very common technique for designers is that they'll have two versions of the same window open, so that they can zoom in one of them to do fine detailed work.

So with this one particular image floating as it is, I'm going to go up to my Window menu and choose Duplicate Window. That gives me a secondary window. Now notice where it came up. It's displayed inside that one Floating Window. So now I have two tabs that are floating around independent from everything else. I'm going to drag out this second window and separate it. So I've now got two windows to work with. I can zoom in one. As you can see, they're both the same window, but one of them is at 100%, one of them is only at 25%.

So I've got independent control over the magnification, which means I can do some fine detail work, and scroll around and take a good look at, for example, this text. Make them see what's in there if it needs to be changed or anything like that. I can even double-click on it, select a word and just type in a different word. You'll see, if you look really closely, in the Duplicate Window here, you'll see that we've actually got the word changing as well. So I'm just going to undo that. I didn't really want to change that text. There we go. When you're done with the Duplicate Window, you can just close it.

Your main window will stay open. Now aside from floating one panel like this, there is also some other interesting things that you can do. You can create multiple docked windows. Here is how this works. I'm going to grab this file and drag it over towards the right-hand side and when I get to the spot between my main document window area and my panel dock, you'll see that I get this little blue highlight showing up. What this is telling me is I can create another set of tabbed docked panels in this way. So when I let go the mouse, you'll see now I've got two sets of panes here.

One of them has a multiple images in it. The other one has just the one single image. Now I'm not stuck with just a dual window view, like I see here. I can grab another file, say my olive_elements. I can drag that away. I can drop that to the bottom of this particular pane. When I let go, you'll see I now have an additional split view here. So I've got images up here. I got an image down here. I got another image over here. So I've got different ways to sort of control the viewing areas for the images that are currently open. I'm going to go ahead and go up to my top window here, and do one more thing.

You see when I click on this little double- headed arrow, I get a little flyout menu. That shows me all the files that are currently inside that particular Document pane. So I can navigate to anything I want, even if I can't see it. So I'm going to choose logo_final.png. You can see this is our completed logo for our Web site. So what I want to do with this is I want to add it to another design, and this is the great thing about this multiple view, is I can literally select an image from one place and drag it over into another. So I'm going to start by repositioning that logo inside the same window as my Web site.

So now I've got my Web site and my logo in one spot. I'm just going to play around with the window sizes here. I want to drop that logo into my bicycle collage that we see here. So I'm just going to give myself a little more space. Press Ctrl+Minus to zoom out a little bit. So I see much more of the whole window. Then I'm going to grab my Pointer tool. The Pointer tool is kind of your universal Selection tool for vectors and objects. With that tool selected, I can go over to my design, click and drag around it, select the whole thing and then just literally drag it and drop it into my other design.

So this is a really handy use of this multi view. You've got the ability to drag and drop files really, really easily from one place to another. So you can see we've got quite a few different ways to manage multiple files when they are open inside of Fireworks. You can work with them all inside of one main tabbed area with individual tabs for each file. You can undock images, and float them on top of the workspace. You can add images to those floating windows. You can create duplicate windows for doing detailed editing. You can create different viewing areas like we see here where we have, in some cases, one image inside of one pane, and in other cases, multiple images inside of one pane.

You got quite a few ways to manage the files that you have open. This multiple view scenario can be very handy if you need to see more than one image at a time, say for example, as we saw earlier, dragging one image to a different imag. It saves you having to move through all the tabs to find the image you want to work with. On the Mac operating system, you have a couple of different choices in how the interface is displayed. You can go with the classic look like we see here with the Floating panels, or you can choose a more integrated view, by going to Window and choosing Use Application Frame.

That's how it looks on the Mac.

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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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