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Importing artwork into Fireworks

From: Illustrator for Web Design

Video: Importing artwork into Fireworks

If you are someone or know someone who works inside of Adobe Fireworks, you can share your Illustrator artwork with them with very little problem, simply by sending it to them and allowing them to open up the .ai file inside of Adobe Fireworks. Once you're inside of Fireworks, in order to open up an Illustrator document, all you have to do is go to the File menu and choose Open. Then navigate to the document that you want-- in this case, color_share.ai. Hit Open. You'll get Vector File Options for this file: the Scale at 100%, the Width and Height values, you'll need to know that going in.

Importing artwork into Fireworks

If you are someone or know someone who works inside of Adobe Fireworks, you can share your Illustrator artwork with them with very little problem, simply by sending it to them and allowing them to open up the .ai file inside of Adobe Fireworks. Once you're inside of Fireworks, in order to open up an Illustrator document, all you have to do is go to the File menu and choose Open. Then navigate to the document that you want-- in this case, color_share.ai. Hit Open. You'll get Vector File Options for this file: the Scale at 100%, the Width and Height values, you'll need to know that going in.

You will need to know Resolution because it does rasterize these objects upon import. You can tell it to remember layers or convert layers to states or ignore the layers. In this case, I want it to remember the layers. Then you can say render as images, any groups that contain over 30 objects or Tiled Fills over 30 objects. And so I'm just going to leave all the defaults and hit OK. Once you do that, it's going to open up, and inside of the Layers panel inside of Fireworks, you'll notice that all of your stuff comes in just as it did before. So, you've got your Header, your Content, and your Footer, as well as your Background, all there, and also your Guides layers. Anything that was locked inside of Illustrator will be locked inside of Fireworks as well.

So, I can unlock these layers to make them editable so I can actually grab a hold of these things, and it's actually a pretty decent way of working. You'll also notice that a lot of the stuff coming in will maintain its scalability, which is nice. The things that don't maintain scalability of course will be raster graphics and things like that. But all in all, it's a pretty decent conversion from Illustrator over to Fireworks. If I zoom in quite a bit, you can see that the design looks pretty good. When I zoom in here on the logo though, it gets a little bit choppy. Same thing for some of these other elements here, and that's because those were rasterized upon input.

Most of the things that were editable before, like text, are still editable inside of Fireworks though. So, take some time and open up your documents inside of Fireworks and see exactly if you like it or if you don't. Try handing this out to somebody who works in Fireworks and see if this is a usable scenario for you. I tend to think that most people who start in Fireworks tend to stay in Fireworks. That's one of the unsung heroes of the Adobe Creative Suite, especially when it comes to creating web graphics. But I do understand that other people use other applications like Illustrator and Photoshop and need to share them with Fireworks.

Lucky for us, Fireworks plays nice with most of the applications in the Creative Suite. So, the next time you have some artwork that needs to be sent over to a Fireworks person, just send it over in the .ai format. Let them open it, take a look at it, see if it works. Hopefully it will, and you'll both be able to work in harmony with your respective applications.

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Illustrator for Web Design

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  1. 1m 13s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 43m 51s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 57s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      2m 40s
    3. Exploring the Illustrator to HTML workflow
      3m 42s
    4. Setting up Illustrator for web work
      6m 55s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      6m 25s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      3m 31s
    7. Using artboards for responsive layouts
      7m 42s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      4m 31s
    9. Working with Pixel Preview and anti-aliasing
      6m 28s
  3. 25m 28s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      6m 47s
    2. Understanding web color
      3m 47s
    3. Creating a color palette
      5m 4s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      4m 50s
    5. Working with fills and strokes
      5m 0s
  4. 13m 15s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 54s
  5. 24m 5s
    1. Drawing simple shapes
      4m 16s
    2. Working with Pathfinder
      5m 4s
    3. Using the Shape Builder tool
      4m 33s
    4. Creating symbols
      6m 24s
    5. Editing and replacing symbols
      3m 48s
  6. 20m 22s
    1. Planning your project
      2m 56s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      5m 56s
    3. Developing a layout with shapes
      6m 21s
    4. Using a grid system
      5m 9s
  7. 25m 53s
    1. Exploring the rules of typography
      4m 1s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      3m 37s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      1m 46s
    4. Creating and using paragraph styles
      5m 16s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      3m 2s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      8m 11s
  8. 21m 17s
    1. Understanding object appearance
      4m 43s
    2. Applying and editing live effects
      3m 34s
    3. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 13s
    4. Creating more flexible rounded rectangles
      3m 17s
    5. Saving appearance as graphic styles
      6m 30s
  9. 35m 57s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      5m 23s
    2. Adding master elements
      6m 45s
    3. Creating navigation buttons
      13m 34s
    4. Working with photographs
      5m 50s
    5. Simulating pages with artboards
      4m 25s
  10. 54m 45s
    1. Creating video placeholders
      10m 33s
    2. Creating buttons
      13m 1s
    3. Creating form fields
      8m 15s
    4. Creating radio boxes and checkboxes
      5m 11s
    5. Creating progress bars
      10m 12s
    6. Creating tabbed interfaces
      7m 33s
  11. 35m 28s
    1. Understanding slicing
      3m 26s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      5m 33s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      3m 50s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 29s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 43s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      3m 46s
    8. Exporting SVG graphics
      6m 35s
  12. 9m 29s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      3m 4s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      4m 36s
    3. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 49s
  13. 15m 29s
    1. Placing Illustrator Smart Objects
      3m 22s
    2. Sharing color swatches between apps
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting Illustrator artwork as a PSD
      3m 49s
    4. Importing artwork into Fireworks
      2m 41s
    5. Exporting HTML from Illustrator
      3m 28s
  14. 1m 19s
    1. Taking the next step
      1m 1s
    2. Goodbye
      18s

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