In my wireframes, images are usually represented with a rectangle with a cross inside of it. Doing this manually for every image consumes a lot of time.
Is there a quick and clean way of doing this in Fireworks?
Draw first a rectangle, and then the diagonal lines on top of it to create a rectangle with a cross in it. With both the rectangle and cross selected choose Modify > Combine Paths > Join. Once the paths are joined, and with the new joined object selected, choose Modify > Symbol > Convert to Symbol. Choose the Graphic symbol option, and check the Save to Common Library option. The object will dissappear from the document window, but appear in the Common Library panel. Whenever you need a rectangle with a cross in it, you'll be able to drag one from the Common Library panel. Because it's still a vector object, you can resize/scale it at will.
John Dunning just released a 'Placeholder' SmartShape a few days ago that will accomplish exactly what your looking for.
Download here - http://www.johndunning.com/fireworks/about/Placeholder
Nice details Linda
Thank you very much for your help. I have used this method but am not entirely happy with it:
- As soon as i combine the paths, the stroke options of my rectangle go from inside to centered.
- When i import the symbol and resize it, my store size gets changed too. Is there a way to avoid this?
This is why i was wondering if there was another simple way of achieving this.
Your welcome, firstklass.
I'm the same way Linda, it could be days between logging into twitter (I use Tweetdeck) but the search feature allows you to see the 'past' items. Thats how I keep up to date.
Make a symbol and save it to the common Library. Then just drag and drop it whenever you need it.
I learned that from one of Jim's video's @ lynda.com
Very easy to do.
John Dunning's placement shape is much more elegant and will no doubt be getting face-time in my next training release.
The Placeholder auto shape is excited about being in a video, but also worried it needs to lose a few pounds before its big debut.