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Hour 2. Image Collection and Management > Using Supported Formats

Using Supported Formats

Fireworks supports almost any image file format you might encounter. These formats include bitmap and vector graphics, Adobe Photoshop files, GIF and JPEG images, and system-specific formats like BMP and PICT. In most cases Fireworks will also interpret a format’s special features, such as editable text, layers, masks, and more. The following list details the types of files you can import and work with in Fireworks:

Fireworks (.png)— Of course, you can import Fireworks graphics from this or earlier versions. You can also import PNG files created by other applications.

FreeHand (.fh, .fh7, .fh8, .fh9, .fh10)— Used to import Macromedia FreeHand drawings, including text and vectors as well as bitmaps, masks, and layers. This works great if you’re more comfortable creating graphics in FreeHand but want to use Fireworks to optimize them for the Web.

GIF (.gif)— CompuServe’s GIF is one of the most common image formats for Web graphics. It uses a limited 8-bit adaptive palette and non-lossy compression to create very small image files. GIFs can also be animated by containing multiple frames.

JPEG (.jpg)— The Joint Photo Experts Group format was developed for photographs and other materials that required a full palette. Lossy compression, which trades image detail for file size, is used to create very small image files. JPEG is probably the most popular single-image format used today.

Photoshop PSD (.psd)— Fireworks can open documents saved in Photoshop’s native format, PSD, that were created in Photoshop 6 or earlier. Fireworks supports a large range of the Photoshop format’s features, including editable text, layers, masks, saved paths, and more.

CorelDRAW (.cdr)— Fireworks can import many of the file features of the CorelDRAW file format. Fireworks cannot interpret compressed CorelDRAW files and does not support many text and paragraph features, so the imported pages may not appear correctly.

WBMP (.wbmp, .wbm)— The wireless bitmap format is used for browser systems designed to run on hand-held devices, such as cellular phones and PDAs. It is a one-bit format—each pixel is either on (white) or off (black), keeping image files tiny and display requirements minimal.

TIFF (.tif, .tiff)— The TIFF format is an industry standard for print images and is a high-quality format for working with images from other applications, such as 3D graphics applications, scanners, professional digital photo equipment, or any other imaging environment where no loss in quality is acceptable. This means TIFF files can be relatively large unless some compression is employed.

Targa (.tga)— Targa is often used by applications that generate bitmaps from other art, such as 3D modeling programs. Targa is similar to TIFF in that it can support a number of bit depths, including alpha channels, plus different kinds of compression.

BMP (.bmp, .dib, .rle)— This is the most common format for Windows applications. It is very similar to the TIFF standard. It can use bit depths up to 24-bit color and does not usually employ compression, making high-resolution image files much larger than in some formats.

Adobe Illustrator (.ai, .art)— Fireworks imports Illustrator files like FreeHand files, with full vector capabilities and support for layers, masks, and placed bitmaps. Fireworks MX supports Illustrator files up to version 9.

EPS (.eps)— Fireworks can read the encapsulated post script Level 1 files produced by many popular programs, such as Quark XPress, Adobe Acrobat, and even engineering applications. EPS files can contain images, vector art, and text like FreeHand, CorelDRAW, and Illustrator files, but they don’t include advanced features such as layers and gradient fills.



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