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In Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding demonstrates how to create and publish fully interactive Flash (SWF) micro sites, widgets, portfolios, and applications from static Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks artwork—all without writing code. The course covers planning a project, importing and organizing assets, creating interactive components, defining repeating data lists, and publishing final projects. Exercise files are included with the course.
As a designer, when you are working with your layouts, you want to make sure that everything lines up correctly. You want to make sure that things are precise and orderly. Now there are many times when you're actually designing everything inside of Illustrator, Photoshop or Fireworks, and all you're doing inside of Flash Catalyst is adding interactivity. However there may be times when you want to move some artwork around and it's nice to know that Flash Catalyst uses many of the same conventions that other design applications use, such as Rulers, Guides and a Grid. First, you can see the Rulers are actually here inside of the artboard window.
Being that everything that you create inside of Flash catalyst is destined for the screen, the measurements that you see here are pixels. If you would like to line things up to a specific area, you can move your cursor over into the ruler and then click and drag to drag out a Guide. Guides will snap to the boundaries of objects and likewise once you have placed the Guide, you can select any artwork to then snap that artwork to the Guide itself. To help line up elements across the entire page, you can also turn on Flash Catalyst's Grid function.
Simply go up to the View menu, and choose Grid > Show Grid. If you want objects to snap to this Grid, go back to the View menu, choose Grid and turn on the Snap to Grid option. Now as you move elements around on the actual artboard, they will always snap to the grid. Of course, you can control both the Guides and the Grid by going back to the View menu and choosing this setting here called Grid & Guide Settings. We often take these things like Rulers, Grids and Guides for granted, but it's nice to see this level of detail and control in Adobe Flash Catalyst.
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