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Fireworks for website design - why?

I've used Photoshop to design (more or less) every website I've made in the past 9 or 10 years. I hear people going on about Fireworks saying that it's excellent for web design and prototyping. When ...
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How to create animated GIFs of prototype mockups, like the ones on Dribbble?

I'm sure you've seen Dribbblers upload animated mockups of their designs. Here's an example: I can create mockups on Photoshop and even apply simple Tween Animations to them but I can never get ...
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Is there a “Fit to Canvas” option in Photoshop like there is in Fireworks?

I am a Fireworks user new to Photoshop. In FW there is the very handy "fit to canvas" button in the properties panel at the bottom which when clicked snaps the image to the canvas by adjusting the ...
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What does “LS4” or “LS16” mean when searching for Adobe software like Fireworks or CS Master Collection?

I often find the name of the Adobe software and "LS4" or "LS16" next to it. What does it mean?
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How to add background color to text in Photoshop

What's the easiest way to do it? I know CSS could just set background color of text very easily. And fireworks was able to do that. But I can't make it work now. I know there is a harder way: putting ...
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What software is best for GUI design?

I've used Photoshop extensively, but the fact of the matter is that it's a photo editing tool. It has some complicated effects built in, such as the drop shadow and inner and outer glows etc., but it ...
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Frosted glass effect/texture/filter/pattern in Adobe Fireworks?

Is there a way to do this with Adobe Fireworks? I know its possible using Photoshop with this tutorial.
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How to turn a path with straight lines into a curved path automatically in Illustrator?

I know how to do this manually, but I need an automatic way (either a script or just a command in Illustrator). Here's a line like the one I mean. Notice how it's all made of straight lines (The blue ...
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Is it possible to render readable screen type at a size of 3px?

I just created an icon in fireworks with a size 17*15 (which is small) and when i try to label the icon the minimum size of the text is 8 pixels which is very big . I want to have a label with text ...
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How to find font name in Fireworks when font not installed

I have inherited a design in a Fireworks file which I'm turning into a web page. I've never used Fireworks but it seems to be similar (user-interface-wise) to Photoshop so it's going okay. However, ...
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PNG32 vs PNG24 vs PNG8

I thought there is only PNG8 and png32, but photoshop has option for PNG24, and fireworks has all 3 options. Which is better for web world? Also when I export PNG24 with alpha transparency in ...
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What are the different applications in Adobe Creative Suite for?

So, I have never really been into design beyond a few wireframes and paper-pen sketches and have now now bought David Kadavy's book, Design for Hackers and am getting into design a little bit. I am ...
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How do I make logos look good at small sizes?

I've made my first logo in Fireworks) and it looks ok at full size but when scaled down it looks pretty bad. Is it common for designers to make separate versions for smaller sizes?
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how to import vectors from fireworks to illustrator

I created some vector graphics for my company's website in fireworks because I like the pixel perfect control I get but now everybody likes the artwork so much that they want to use it all over the ...
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Color management in Fireworks CS6

I'm using Fireworks for UI design. However, any saved png file from Fireworks shows different colors when opened in normal image viewers. Fireworks doesn't seem to have any color management options. ...
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What is the best Adobe software for designing a résumé?

I have been creating my CV with Photoshop for several years now. I've heard and seen it myself, that this is not the right tool at all to design a résumé. I never used the other tools from the Adobe ...
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What would be equivalent blue colour for this red/orange one?

I'm struggling to find a matching blue colour for this red one I've got: #cf3a1b By 'matching' I mean similar feel, in terms of brightness, contrast, lighting etc... I'm new to graphic design so I ...
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Should I start with Fireworks, or is Expression Design comparable?

I'm looking at starting down the path of creating my own unique designs for my sites (I'm a developer at heart, and care more about things working). I'm most familiar with Adobe Photoshop, but after ...
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How to set different color to guides(Ai,Ps,Id,Fw)?

I've been working on this file with a lot of guides(in Illustrator) and at some Point I was wondering is there a way to give different color to guides ? Like the gutter guides to be black, the main ...
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Export layer as a file in Adobe Fireworks

I'm trying to export a layer in fireworks to an image file. When I go to file>export and select layer, it exports everything to one file (no different from saving a fireworks image). How do I ...
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Adobe Fireworks CS6 maximum image dimension

I am using Adobe Fireworks CS6, and the maximum width I can set of my image is 5900 pixels. Attempting to resize it larger than this results in no action. The PC I am on is high-spec. Does ...
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Adobe Fireworks Alternative? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need an Image Manipulation Program I am looking for a good alternative of adobe fireworks for windows. I want Raster+Vector editing tools. Which server the logo design, ...
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What application supports working with sprites (PNGs) over 10,000 px wide?

I'm currently using Fireworks for image manipulation and preparation, and I do the following tasks: Resizing the canvas Rearranging components, i.e. cutting bits out and putting them elsewhere ...
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Eyedropper straight to clipboard

I think this is a pretty simple request, but how can i get it so that when i select a colour on my image using the eyedropper that is goes to my clipboard without me having to open up the dialogue box ...
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Anyone know how I can add basic web form controls to my Assets library in Fireworks?

It has shapes and styles for shapes and things like that, but what I want is to quickly throw some basic form controls like radio buttons, input boxes, list boxes, drop downs, etc. for prototyping and ...
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How can I make crisp icons for Windows Store apps?

I'm pretty new to making graphics for a specific platform but not to graphic design in general. I have a logo I made using Illustrator and had scaled it accordingly by using the Save to Web feature ...
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gif vs png transparency issues

I am going to use an image for my header which should to transparent..i thought of using PNG but a bit worried about its transparency issues .. So is there any solution? Its a two image header where ...
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How can I create a Gaussian blur that doesn't effect the edges? Adobe Fireworks

I'm trying to use a Gaussian blur on an image, but I don't want it to effect the edges of the image. How can I do this? I'm using Adobe Fireworks. Here's the image I am using: And here's what I ...
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Noise filter effect with transparency

Is it possible to have a noise filtered effect similar to below, but have the white parts transparent? My idea is to use this as a CSS background image overlay .png which would allow background ...
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How to Make Letters Like This?

I'd like to know how to make these in photoshop or fireworks, but with a slight preference for fireworks. If I can find a tutorial in photoshop, I can probably get it to work in fireworks. What is ...
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Fireworks: Can I set a transparent fill color but solid stroke?

When I set transparency to a shape, it applies both to the fill color and the stroke color. What if I need a semi-transparent fill color, but keep the stroke opaque?
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How to navigate between tabs in Fireworks CS6 with keyboard shortcuts?

Is there a shortcut for switching tabs in Fireworks CS6? In case it's important, I´m using a mac with a Spanish keyboard.
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Saving layers and slices in png format in Fireworks

How can I save a bitmap layer in fireworks? I tried using the export feature, but it exported everything except the bitmap background layer. Also, how do I save a slice in png format, and which is ...
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How to determine transparency level of a pixel in Fireworks

I am a moderate user of Photoshop and have never really used Fireworks. I have been given a Fireworks document which I need to modify. The document has just one layer, the background layer. On it ...
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Fireworks: Exporting assets for mobile, multiple sizes

Just curious what peoples tips and tricks are for exporting mobile assets for apps with Fireworks quickly, efficiently and crisply? For multiple device sizes. Also, do you recommend keeping an asset ...
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App ui design workflow in Fireworks

I'm an iOS developer and I'd like to learn how to use the tools in Fireworks correctly for app design. I feel very uncomfortable with slicing, rulers, guides, and resizing for retina. I know these can ...
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Fireworks CS6: easy way to adjust values like in Photoshop?

In Photoshop we can easily increase/decrease any values by using arrow keys or dragging left/right after hovering mouse on the subject. But I found neither is possible in Fireworks CS6. Am I missing ...
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Fireworks master pages the same as shared layer?

The more I'm using shared layers, the more I believe there's no real difference between 'Share Layer To All Pages' and master pages. Except for layer sharing being way more flexible, because you can ...
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Export SVG function in Fireworks only creates outline

There's a pretty big problem I'm having with Aaron Bealle's Export to SVG script in Fireworks: So I have a path in Fireworks that I created from a marquee selection (which came from the magic wand, ...
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Make a certain area of a shape/text a different colour

I have this: I've been searching for tutorials online on how to change the colour of part of a shape/text, but I have not found anything and I also do not know what this particular method is ...
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Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks disable floating and lock all panels and other preferences

For the last few years I've been lazy and suffering through a poorly managed workspace in all these programs. It all started when I upgraded to the Mac versions instead of the Windows versions I had ...
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Designing Graphics For .NET Apps Resolution

What resolution (in pixels/inch) should I use when designing graphics for a standard Windows Forms .NET application? I am using Adobe Creative Suites to design the graphics. I will be using the ...
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Resizing rectangle in Fireworks without losing sharpness

I resized an icon from 128x128 to 40x40 pixels. The snap-to-pixel option is turned on, but the icon is still "blurry". Original (128x128): Resized (40x40): How can I resize my image and retain ...
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What setting allows a master page to be the top level element in Fireworks?

I am creating an iPhone template, and need to make the master page be on top (for the menubar, carrier, etc...) This will allow me to simply send everything else to the back and not worry about ...
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How can I separate seven wedges evenly

I am creating a seven wedge citrus fruit cross section. Is there a trick to getting all the wedges evenly separated? Or do I have to drive myself crazy doing it manually? I got this far by using a ...
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How do I reverse a css export in Adobe Fireworks?

I have exported a fireworks .fw.png file to a .png and a .css file. I have lost the .fw.png files and the .css file has 200+ objects. Is there anyway to recreate the slices from the CSS code?
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How to change the animation speed per 'state' in Adobe Fireworks

I want to know how to alter the animation speed of some text appearing across a banner. The default is too fast. I'm trying to set the duration of time that each state shows for. Thanks in advance! ...
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Adobe Fireworks' blend mode not showing in browser

Image's blend mode is set as multiply and it is showing the effect correctly in Adobe Fireworks. However, when overlapping the same image with another, separate image in the browser, the effect looks ...
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Editing photoshop smart layers in fireworks

If I import a psd file with smart layers into Fireworks, is it possible to edit one of those smart layers the same way you would be able to in Photoshop?
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Fireworks slices for Dreamweaver

I am designing a website and am planning on slicing up my template in Fireworks and then exporting it to Dreamweaver. When this is done it does of course go into a table. I have a title and nav bar ...