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Workshop

These questions will test your knowledge of working with layers and the bitmap tools.

Q&A

Q1:Why do I need the Pencil and Eraser tools if I can do the same thing with the brush?
A1: The Pencil and Eraser tools are there for two reasons: First, they’ve been in almost every bitmap editing application in history and many people would feel uncomfortable without them; second, they free you from having to change your brush settings every time you want to simply edit a few pixels or erase a portion of the image.
Q2:After a bitmap is flattened, can I unflatten it?
A2: Unless you just flattened some bitmap objects in Fireworks, which you can simply undo, you’re out of luck. Once you save the image and quit Fireworks, the object arrangement is lost. It’s important to use Save As or Save a Copy to create a backup before you flatten anything.
Q3:When I print from Fireworks, why do the colors look washed out?
A3: Fireworks uses the RGB color space, but your printer uses the CMYK color space. RGB is an additive color method and can reproduce a wider range of the spectrum than CMYK can. The drivers that came with your printer are responsible for automatically converting RGB colors into CMYK colors but may not offer you the kind of control you need for optimizing the output. Use an application like Freehand, Illustrator, or CorelDRAW to convert your RGB images to CMYK and adjust the colors for print output.


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