Is it possible to roughly select an area (with the Export area tool) around an image you are working on and have the bounding box automatically shrink to fit it?

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I have to do this a lot and manually drawing the bounding box is v. fiddly, and it is easy to click outside the handles and have to start again!

I usually can't use 'trim' on the whole page because there will be other elements.


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That is because you are using the wrong tool. The tool name "Export Area" means you select an area of the image and ask Fireworks to export that whole area out.

If you want to use native tool, that will be export the selected object by using the slice tool.

This is all you need to do

  1. First, select the object.
  2. Right click to get the context menu
  3. Choose "Insert Rectangle Slice"
  4. Export the image

Sreenshot - http://cl.ly/image/0Q3b0k0Y2k2c

  • OK cool, that works - and if I use 'Image Preview' I can still refine the export format as well.
    – james6848
    Commented Nov 25, 2012 at 9:55

Not a direct answer, but to achieve the same result I use the Export Selection extension. that lets you select something and export with white or transparent backgrounds. Before that I used to copy & paste into a new document with the To New Document extension

  • Seems like that might be the best solution, cheers! I find it a bit odd that FW doesn't do it natively.
    – james6848
    Commented Sep 12, 2012 at 15:00

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