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Exporting an Animated GIF

There are two ways to export an animated GIF from Fireworks. The first is to set the document’s optimization settings in the Optimize panel. From the Export File Format menu, choose Animated GIF. You can choose the color palette settings just as you would for a regular GIF image, including Matte background color, preset or custom palettes, and color depth. You can also set the amount of acceptable loss to reduce file size and the amount of dithering to approximate lost colors. Animated GIFs also support index transparency, just like regular GIFs. You can also edit individual colors directly on the palette. The Remove Unused Colors setting can be found on the Optimize panel’s Options menu, located at the top right of the panel.

You can preview the optimized GIF image by using the Preview tabs at the top of the workspace window. Onion skins are disabled in the preview mode. You can use the animation controls at the bottom of the workspace to jump to the beginning or end, play the animation, or step through the frames. You can also click a frame in the Frames panel to jump to that frame. Use the Export Preview command on the File menu to bring up the Export Preview dialog. You can optimize the palette and compression with the Options tab. Use the Animation tab to change the Animated GIF settings.


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