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Chapter 16. Slicing and Rollovers > Creating Rollovers

Creating Rollovers

Now that your image is sliced, you can set up a rollover that will make part of your image change when someone moves his or her cursor over a slice. But before you start planning all your rollovers, you'll have to switch over to ImageReady, because Photoshop isn't capable of creating rollovers. ImageReady is loaded on your hard drive when you install Photoshop, so even if you didn't know it existed, it's there for you. ImageReady is designed for four functions: slicing, rollovers, animation, and optimization. For now, let's stick to rollovers. To jump from Photoshop to ImageReady, click on the arrow icon at the very bottom of Photoshop's Tools palette.

ImageReady contains a lot of the same tools that are available in Photoshop (which therefore don't need much of an introduction), but if you take a good look, you'll find that ImageReady just isn't as powerful. I do most of my interface design in Photoshop and then switch to ImageReady when I need to do things that Photoshop can't (like rollovers and animation). If you ever need to make a change to a slice while you're in ImageReady, then click on a slice with the Slice Select tool (just like you did in Photoshop). Change the options in the Slice palette, which should be visible at the bottom of your screen (Figure 16.6).


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