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Lesson 8. Optimizing and Exporting

Lesson 8. Optimizing and Exporting

After you complete your artwork, you need to export it. Whether you want to use your images on the Web or for multimedia presentations, Fireworks provides several methods for creating the best-quality images with the smallest-possible file sizes. Fireworks exports the following formats: GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PICT (Macintosh), BMP, PSD, Flash SWF, Illustrator 7, Lotus Domino Designer, and WBMP. WBMP (Wireless Bitmap) is the graphic format optimized for mobile computing devices.

Exporting your images is actually a two-step process. First, you set the optimizing parameters you want for your image on the Optimize panel; then you export the image, saving it according to your optimization settings.

Fireworks's native file format is PNG. Although it is possible to use a PNG file in a Web page, this is not the best option. You should always keep a copy of your original PNG files along with the exported files you create. The PNG format retains your editable text, effects, and vector objects, so you can easily make changes. If you need to change an image, change the PNG file and then re-export it to get the graphic you place on your Web page.

Creating small, high-quality images is one of Firework's strengths. In this lesson you will learn the proper way to optimize, and then export your graphics for good-looking images on your Web pages.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

In this lesson, you will:

  • Examine the various color palettes available in Fireworks

  • Use the Export wizard

  • Set the target export file size

  • Use the Optimize panel

  • Save export settings

APPROXIMATE TIME

This lesson takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

LESSON FILES

Media Files:

Lesson08\about.htm

Lesson08\facts.htm

Lesson08\request.htm

Lesson08\shop.htm

Starting Files:

Lesson08\Start\banner.png

Lesson08\Start\home_page_L8.png

Completed Projects:

Lesson08\Completed\banner.png

Lesson08\Completed\banner.gif


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