10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 18, 2008 12:18 PM by yupieyi RSS

    Off-canvas items are invisible

    Max Stewart Community Member
      In Flash, work-in-progress items parked temporarily in the area surrounding the stage remain visible. In my FW (V8), they are invisible except for their boundary box (and even then only when when selected).
      I feel sure there has to be an option in FW to make off-canvas items always visible but cannot find it. What pls am I doing wrong?
        • 1. Re: Off-canvas items are invisible
          Newsgroup_User Community Member
          Max Stewart wrote:
          > In Flash, work-in-progress items parked temporarily in the area surrounding the
          > stage remain visible. In my FW (V8), they are invisible except for their
          > boundary box (and even then only when when selected).
          > I feel sure there has to be an option in FW to make off-canvas items always
          > visible but cannot find it.

          There is no such option in Fireworks. I'd like to see one myself.


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          • 2. Re: Off-canvas items are invisible
            lukearndt1
            After a bit of searching, I came across this thread. Like the OP, I would love to be able to make those out-of-canvas items visible. It's a real pain to only be able to view what's inside of the canvas. Why can't things be placed "off-stage"?

            If anybody has any sort of workaround, I would love to hear it! I like Fireworks, but I'm having trouble with this limitation. I'm so used to being able to throw something off-stage for a bit, but with FW it's really hard to adjust.

            -Luke
            • 3. Re: Off-canvas items are invisible
              pixlor Community Member
              Well...it's definitely a workaround, but...

              Make your image nice and large. As the first layer, put a rectangle that is the size you want your final image to be. Don't put anything else on that layer. Lock the layer while you work.

              When you get ready to export, save a copy and do the final output from that. As the first step, turn off visibility of all layers except the first one with your background rectangle. Unlock it. Select the rectangle. Go to Modify>Canvas>Trim canvas. Now, you have an image that is the size you want. Bitmaps that are not wholly within the rectangle are cropped. Objects that are completely outside the rectangle are deleted. (This is why you want to work with a copy.)

              If you want a transparent background, turn off the visibility on the background rectangle or delete it.




              • 4. Re: Off-canvas items are invisible
                Newsgroup_User Community Member
                Hi Luke,

                > If anybody has any sort of workaround, I would love to hear it! I like
                > Fireworks, but I'm having trouble with this limitation. I'm so used to
                > being
                > able to throw something off-stage for a bit, but with FW it's really hard
                > to
                > adjust.

                One way of dealing with that is make the canvas as large as you need for the
                whole work area, put the stuff you're not using on the side or bottom, then
                just draw slices around the stuff you want to export, and export just those
                slices - that's what I do.

                Aloha,

                Jerry



                • 5. Re: Off-canvas items are invisible
                  Jonbon999 Community Member
                  yep exactly the correct info there
                  • 6. Re: Off-canvas items are invisible
                    lukearndt1 Community Member
                    Thanks for the ideas, Lorraine and Jerry.

                    I like your solution, Jerry. That seems to be a fairly painless workaround. I still am confused as to why Fireworks behaves this way in the first place, but this is a big improvement.
                    • 7. Re: Off-canvas items are invisible
                      RolyRoger Community Member
                      I feel fireworks still has room for improvement
                      • 8. Re: Off-canvas items are invisible
                        JoeyD1978 Community Member
                        Dude can you knock it off with your stupid sock-puppet accounts and constant spam?

                        quote:

                        Originally posted by: RolyRoger
                        I feel fireworks still has room for improvement


                        • 9. Re: Off-canvas items are invisible
                          thanks for the information.i think that this option can replace with other facilities available in the fireworks.
                          • 10. Re: Off-canvas items are invisible
                            yupieyi Community Member
                            That's one really cool blog. Joey!