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I've always used Photoshop for my web designs but am going try Fireworks after reading Andre Reinegger's excellent comparison between the two: http://www.reinegger.net/50_reasons_not_to_use_photoshop_for_webdesign.html I think the most relevant of his reasons are scaling without distortion, the states panel and the user interface panel.


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Head over to Adobe.com and do a bit of reading regarding features. In general: Photoshop = raster image editing (photographs) or digital painting (Illustration) Photoshop Extended = Same as Photoshop + ability to use some 3D tools and basic video editing Illustrator = Vector artwork (Logos, illustrations, etc.) Indesign = Page layout (books, manuals, ...


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There are some "rules" regarding color harmonies that you will find very helpful for this case and any future ones you might have regarding colors. Color combination is really the most important part of color theory and designing with colors, and also the hardest-- It always comes down to your personal judgement and how you look at colors. There ...


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InDesign gets my vote. It does all the tasks you're describing, and is meant for layout. However, as a general note, do NOT over-design your résumé. Even if you're a designer applying for a design job, please, make your CV clean and straightforward. If I'm reading through 100 résumés in a week (which I've done), I am really, ...


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This is the Language Selection that the package has. LS4 contains: Deutsch - German Español - Spanish Español América Latina - Spanish Français Canadien - French Français - French Italiano - Italian Nederlands - Dutch Português do Brasil - Brazilian Portuguese Svenska - Swedish LS16 has: English Japanese (not sure)


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the very definition of gray is that its lacking any hue. If there is no hue, there's no way to adjust saturation. That said, most image editing software has a checkbox in the hue adjustment dialogue labeled 'colorize' that will do exactly as you want...it will give the gray a hue of your preference.


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It's true that a logo must look as good on a billboard as it does on a business card. That doesn't mean the same artwork will work in both cases. It's not uncommon for the full-scale version of a logo to have detail that becomes completely lost or too fine and "busy" when scaled down. Stripes, strokes, even a typeface must be adjusted for tiny applications. ...


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"Also when I export PNG24 with alpha transparency in fireworks, it always adds background color, but in photoshop, it exports with alpha ." You need a PNG32 for the alpha channel, so when you save a PNG24 with an alpha channel, PhotoShop actually makes it a PNG32. In Fireworks, it actually let's you manually make the decision, so if you choose PNG24, you ...


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There is no text box colour in Photoshop. The only way is to draw rectangular shape layer below the text layer (you could also use a bitmap layer). Yep, that's different to some other design software.


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Nope. What you are asking for is pretty much impossible. You can't render letterforms with only 3 vertical pixels. There have been attempts at making incredibly small screen type, though. For instance: http://www.typophile.com/node/61920 That face has a 3px x-height. So pretty small. Is it readable? Not really. But a fun experiment.


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I have a love/hate relationship with Fireworks. HATE: Adobe treats Fireworks like Photoshop's retarded cousin. It feels really unpolished and even has some bugs (out of memory is my favorite). When you use it you can just feel how much potential a tool like this could have. Most of the time you'll be thinking: "Wow it would be so cool to have this or ...


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It's important not to over-complicate logos. I believe it's more typical to design logos to be well suited for a broad range of sizes, as well as making it look good in both color AND black and white. When designing a logo you can't be 100% certain exactly what for the logo will be used for, so it needs to be as versatile as possible.


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Call me old school, different or just plain wrong but Photoshop should be used just for that: photo editing and retouching. Fireworks should be used for web design (the CSS exporting ability alone in Fireworks is heavily underrated much like Fireworks itself). Illustrator for, yep you guessed it: illustration work and logo's. InDesign for magazine/newspaper ...


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There is a quite old thread on Adobe forums where speculation is made that it's because Fireworks is a screen-specific tool and this behavior might change in the future. However, you can change the limit. Make sure that Fireworks is closed, open Fireworks CS6 Preferences.txt file located in: Windows 7/Vista: ...


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I'm 99.999999% sure the example you posted is just a typeface that's like that. If you want to achieve a rough approximation in Photoshop, it's possible using the Bevel and Emboss Layer Style. The key is the custom contour. The best way to do something like that would be to use a font with the effect baked in, or draw custom shapes... probably in ...


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Fireworks has a pretty nifty shape interface that lets you either play with the points / beziers of a shape or grab sections of the shape as if they were pixels at will. So you could make a square, grab one corner and stretch it out, and then use a marquee tool to grab and delete a square section of the opposite corner. I was really, really surprised that ...


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"I want Raster+Vector" The primary alternative would be to use a raster illustration program and a vector illustration program. Common in the industry would be Photoshop + Illustrator. For open source, maybe The Gimp + Inkscape. Alas, Fireworks doesn't really have any direct competition. It is/was a tool designed specifically for on-screen graphics with ...


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There is no universal "best" software for GUI design. It just depends on your software/workflow preferences. Photoshop I'm not sure what you mean by "multiple editable gradients", but if you know what you're doing, Photoshop provides all the tools you need to design any GUI you can imagine. No "tricking" of tools needed. Despite its name, Photoshop has ...


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Other than Photoshop, whose guides are monomanically monochromatic, guides in the rest of the CS applications pretty much follow the rule that when selected they will assume the color of the layer they're placed on. If you have, say, three layers in AI or ID and place guides on each one, a simple marquee selection will expose their "true colors" so you can ...


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Is this what your referencing? the #52524A color as the top most of grayscale. this was achieved via image > adjustments > gradient map. and setting the black to #52524A.


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File → Export… Choose Layers to Files from the dropdown. Under the Options… you can choose the target file type (or you can choose to use the document's optimization settings set in the Optimize window). Then Fireworks exports the layers (all visible) as separate files. (If you want just one layer, you can hide the others.) Also note that Fireworks' ...


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Do you want it small or do you want it readable? Anything smaller than 8 pt won't really be easily readable by anyone using standard (1024x768) screen resolution. Remember that a logo is supposed to provide a graphic representation and good practice encourages redundancy (i.e. a text label below the icon). So for instance this button: could mean many ...


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My experience with Fireworks has been good for web design, but I always go back to Photoshop. I wouldn't be so sure that CS2 is so out of date that you can't use it for web design. I've used Expression Design for a few things and it is pretty capable as a vector design tool, but it really lacks the maturity that Photoshop and Fireworks have in tools, ...


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This is the way which i know.... From very starting first of all create new layer (Your desired size).. than fill it with your desired color than convert this layer to smart object (its not necessary but if you need to apply any more effect easily you can apply in this) than go to filters apply extrude this will popup a window. In this you can ...


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There's also the Smooth tool if you prefer a more hands-on approach. Rub it over a selected path, and it smooths it where you rub. If it doesn't smooth enough, keep rubbing. From this tutorial: Double-click the tool icon to set how closely the smoothed line sticks to the original (fidelity) and how strong the smoothing is each time (smoothness). A ...


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The reason why your images look different is because of the compression you applied to the second one. The higher the compression, the more the quality degrades. JPEG is a lossy compression format, meaning there is loss of image information during the compression (a sacrifice needed to make the file smaller). For example, this is the same image saved with ...


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From a thoroughly pragmatic point of view, keep in mind that that resources in terms of support, tutorial materials, etc. available for Photoshop are about 50x what's out there for Fireworks and about 500x the resources for Expression. That's not something to discount. Speaking of discounts (how's that for a great segue?), since you already have Photoshop ...


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A quick solution is to use one of the large number of "pngfix" libraries. Depending on your dependancy issues, you could use a jQuery pngFix or a javascript less solution (HTC solution) iepngfix.htc


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The page you linked has a solution: to use a PNG with transparency, you need to fake it out for specific browsers ( from that link there is also a MS support page see: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;294714 ) The advantage the PNG has in this case is that it supports alpha channels which essentially allows 256 levels of transparency ...


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PNG is fine for transparency. In my experience it's a question of how many colors your image has, and how big it ends up being. For vector I tend towards GIF and for raster I like PNG, but there's no hard-and-fast rule. Experiment in the Save For Web dialog in Photoshop and play around with the colors. See how many you can reduce it to without compromising ...



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