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Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks

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Video: Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks

When it comes to web design, there are many designers who like to use a program called Fireworks. In fact, Fireworks is a great application that's dedicated specifically to creating web graphics. If you want to find more information about Fireworks, then you should definitely check out Fireworks CS5 Essential Training by Jim Babbage, here in the lynda.com Online Training Library. But whether you use Illustrator or Fireworks, there could be plenty of times when you want to take some artwork that was created inside of Illustrator and use it inside of Fireworks.

Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks

When it comes to web design, there are many designers who like to use a program called Fireworks. In fact, Fireworks is a great application that's dedicated specifically to creating web graphics. If you want to find more information about Fireworks, then you should definitely check out Fireworks CS5 Essential Training by Jim Babbage, here in the lynda.com Online Training Library. But whether you use Illustrator or Fireworks, there could be plenty of times when you want to take some artwork that was created inside of Illustrator and use it inside of Fireworks.

So, in this movie, I want to speak specifically on how to do that, how to find some best practices and ways to take artwork that already exist inside of Illustrator, and move that into Fireworks. Now, of course, there could be a variety of different reasons for why you're trying to do that. You may be using Fireworks, and you may have gotten a file from somebody else that was already designed inside of Illustrator, or maybe you're using Illustrator for some design work, and you want to take advantage of some of the specific features that Fireworks has. Well, one of the great things about CS5 is that Adobe has really made integration between these applications a whole lot better than what it used to be before.

You can notice that right now I have Illustrator opened, and I'm looking at this file. It's called monthly_specials. And I want to bring this artwork in to Fireworks. Now, one thing that I can do is I can actually copy and paste some information. We'll do that shortly, but for now, I want to show you probably the most efficient and probably preferred method of doing this, which is to simply open up an Illustrator file directly inside of Fireworks. So, I'm going to switch over to Fireworks, and I'm going to go to the File menu and choose Open. I'm going to open up a regular Illustrator file. I'm going to choose monthly_ specials.ai, and choose Open.

I get this dialog box called Vector File Options. We can choose to scale, but I really want to keep it the same size that I designed this inside of Illustrator, and in fact, my artboard was set to 300 pixels x 250 pixels, which was picked up here by Fireworks. I'm also setting my document to be a resolution of 72 pixels per inch, and I can choose whether or not I want to anti-alias paths and text, which is always a nice thing. One thing to note, which I think is interesting about what's going on between Illustrator and Fireworks, is that we've already spoken about Illustrator that you have the ability to have different anti-aliasing settings for text.

Well, it happens to be that when you're working inside of Fireworks, we also have a variety of different ways to anti -alias our text, using something called Smooth, Strong, Crisp, and then something called System. Now, Illustrator has a few different names for this. Illustrator does have Crisp and Strong, but instead of Smooth, Illustrator refers to that as Sharp. However, I found that the anti- aliasing methods are not really perfectly in sync, meaning that just because I set certain settings inside of Illustrator doesn't mean that those anti-aliasing settings actually make it through into Fireworks.

They don't translate perfectly. So really, what happens here is that Fireworks takes over the anti-aliasing. It looks at all your artwork, and it anti-aliases it as best as it can. Now, if I look towards the bottom part of this dialog box here, if I do have several artboards inside of Illustrator, I can choose which of those artboards to open up here inside of Fireworks. I can also choose whether or not I want layers inside of my file, or I can even have the option to convert layers to states. For now, I'm actually going to choose to remember the layers that I created inside of Illustrator.

I can even choose to include invisible layers as well. Finally, I come down to the bottom over here to an area called Render as images. Many times inside of Illustrator, you create some artwork that's made up of many, many different vector objects. When you're bring them into Fireworks, it may not look that great, or more importantly, it may just be difficult to work with all those different objects. So, you have the ability to say, well, any group that has over a certain number of objects, for example, you can type in maybe 100 objects, then that group instantly becomes rasterized whenever it gets brought into Fireworks.

However, I like to do that on my own on an individual basis. So, what I'm going to do is I'm actually going to leave these boxes all unchecked. This way now when I click OK, Fireworks does its best conversion and brings in your artwork. Now, here are some of the nice things. Notice the artwork came in nice and clean in these cases here. The text came in, and the text is also editable. So, if I double-click here, you can see that I can actually select this text. All the styling that I actually created inside of Illustrator has now been preserved as well. In fact, both Fireworks and Illustrator now share the same underlying text engine.

However, you'll note that this tag didn't really come in so cleanly. First of all, there is some text missing here. If I go back to Illustrator, you can see that the words "Find Your Tour" is here. If I use my Direct Selection tool, this is just regular text over here, it's little bit on an angle, but for some reason, Fireworks did not bring that in. Additionally, this graphic has a soft drop shadow applied to it. It's actually just a whole bunch of grouped objects that have a drop shadow. You can see that if I switch to my regular Selection tool and select the entire group, there is a drop shadow here in the Appearance panel.

But when this comes into Fireworks, this actually turns into a mask. Now, Fireworks does have a nice soft drop shadow feature. So, it'd be a little bit better, if I knew that I wanted to apply a drop shadow, to actually apply that filter directly here inside of Fireworks. So, what I want to do is I'm just going to touch up a few things here. Once I've imported my artwork, I'm going to switch over here to my Selection tool. I'm going to take this tag, and actually just delete it. Now I'll go back into Illustrator, and I'll take this group, and I'll just take the drop shadow and throw that into the garbage. So now, all I have is a tag with the text here.

I can copy this, switch over to Fireworks, and paste. Notice that now when I paste it, it's in much better shape. The text comes in really nice, and the object itself does not have a shadow on it, but if I come down here to where it says Filters, I can choose to add a drop shadow, which looks a lot nicer now here inside of Fireworks. Now, there may be times when you specifically want to bring just one piece of art, maybe a logo or some other art treatment that you have inside of Illustrator, and bring that into a composition that you've already started working on inside of Fireworks.

Well, you can do the same method, by just going to the File menu here, choosing Import, and then choosing a native Illustrator file. That also can be brought directly inside of Fireworks, with the same results that we've been doing until now. So, if you have some artwork that you have already created inside of Illustrator, and you need to use Fireworks for some web-based tasks, you can easily bring your artwork from Illustrator directly into Fireworks.

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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

74 video lessons · 23932 viewers

Mordy Golding
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  1. 6m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design
      2m 54s
    3. Illustrator and the web design workflow
      2m 7s
    4. Using the exercise files
      22s
  2. 40m 9s
    1. Pixel dimension vs. resolution
      4m 14s
    2. Pixel Preview mode and anti-aliasing
      5m 39s
    3. Taking charge of anti-aliasing
      5m 27s
    4. Choosing the right color management settings
      7m 25s
    5. Setting up important preferences
      6m 22s
    6. Setting up a workspace optimized for web design
      11m 2s
  3. 54m 5s
    1. Using the Web document profile
      3m 39s
    2. Creating custom document profiles
      9m 38s
    3. Using Illustrator's free web templates
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a sitemap or wireframe
      2m 50s
    5. Setting up an entire web site
      9m 33s
    6. Setting up a grid
      10m 37s
    7. Setting up an online ad campaign
      8m 13s
    8. Setting up icons for iOS
      2m 24s
    9. Setting up mobile content with Adobe Device Central
      4m 38s
  4. 32m 22s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors
      11m 50s
    2. Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors
      4m 53s
    3. Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors
      4m 54s
    4. Getting color inspiration from Adobe Kuler
      6m 48s
    5. Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site
      3m 57s
  5. 56m 54s
    1. Using the Save for Web & Devices feature
      6m 44s
    2. Understanding the GIF file format and its settings
      10m 20s
    3. Understanding the JPEG file format and its settings
      7m 39s
    4. Understanding the PNG file format and its settings
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding the WBMP file format and its settings
      1m 18s
    6. Understanding the SWF file format and its settings
      4m 13s
    7. Understanding the SVG file format and its settings
      3m 41s
    8. Adjusting the dimensions of a graphic
      4m 46s
    9. Optimizing files to a specific file size
      4m 5s
    10. Modifying Save for Web & Devices output settings
      6m 51s
    11. Previewing content in Adobe Device Central
      3m 56s
  6. 56m 6s
    1. Setting point type in Illustrator
      4m 11s
    2. Setting area type in Illustrator
      5m 20s
    3. Formatting text quickly with paragraph styles
      14m 39s
    4. Overriding formatting with character styles
      3m 2s
    5. Controlling text anti-aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      11m 14s
    7. Adding cool reflections to text and graphics
      8m 26s
    8. Applying settings quickly with Graphic Styles
      4m 24s
  7. 35m 56s
    1. Understanding the concept of slicing
      3m 22s
    2. Creating slices manually
      4m 26s
    3. Creating slices from guides
      2m 45s
    4. Creating slices from objects
      7m 33s
    5. Understanding the different slice types
      4m 20s
    6. Applying settings to slices
      9m 20s
    7. Creating hotspots with image maps
      4m 10s
  8. 23m 35s
    1. Exporting static SWF files from Illustrator
      3m 35s
    2. Animated SWF: Converting Illustrator layers to SWF frames
      4m 3s
    3. Animated SWF: Using blends to define motion
      8m 35s
    4. Animated SWF: Adding static artwork to an animation
      3m 24s
    5. Animated SWF: Controlling time within an animation
      3m 58s
  9. 17m 13s
    1. Preserving slices and structure with PSD export
      6m 10s
    2. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      4m 35s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop
      2m 52s
    4. Generating an animated GIF file with Photoshop
      3m 36s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver
      3m 31s
    2. Exporting CSS and DIVs from an Illustrator layout
      3m 57s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks
      6m 25s
    2. Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks
      3m 48s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks
      2m 24s
  12. 16m 7s
    1. Building files for use in Flash Catalyst
      4m 28s
    2. Creating a new Flash Catalyst project from an Illustrator file
      3m 40s
    3. Copying and pasting artwork between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      2m 4s
    4. Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      3m 36s
    5. Creating Flex skins for use in Flash Builder
      2m 19s
  13. 19m 48s
    1. Understanding symbols: The lifeblood of Flash
      4m 58s
    2. Symbols: Understanding 9-slice scaling
      4m 18s
    3. Setting text that will be used in Flash Professional
      3m 5s
    4. Moving artwork between Illustrator and Flash Professional
      7m 27s
  14. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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