5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 4, 2006 9:17 AM by SlothropSea

    Marquee to Vector in MX 2004?

    Slothrop206 Level 1
      Hi all,

      I just took a tutorial on a faster way to remove the background from an image and it involved the "convert marquee to vector" command. I can't find this in my MX 2004 menu.

      Is there a workaround?

      Thanks in advance!

      - Brett

        • 1. Re: Marquee to Vector in MX 2004?
          Level 7
          Slothrop206 wrote:
          > Hi all,
          >
          > I just took a tutorial on a faster way to remove the background from an image
          > and it involved the "convert marquee to vector" command. I can't find this in
          > my MX 2004 menu.
          >
          > Is there a workaround?
          >
          > Thanks in advance!
          >
          > - Brett
          >
          >
          >

          "convert marquee to path" is a new feature in FW 8.

          The workaround is......

          Instead of using the wand and marquee tools to select the background and
          then converting to a vector path, use the pen tool to create the path.

          One nice MX 2004 masking tutorial....

          http://tinyurl.com/yd9dwk

          SKB
          • 2. Re: Marquee to Vector in MX 2004?
            abeall Level 3
            Sorry, there really isn't. You could always use the selection to create a new Bitmap which has a solid fill, then you could do 1 of two things:

            1) Outline it by hand with the Pen or Vector Path tool.

            2) Use FreeHand(or other app) that can Trace Bitmaps. You can copy/paste paths between FreeHand if you have it.
            • 3. Re: Marquee to Vector in MX 2004?
              SlothropSea
              Much obliged for the suggestions.

              I'll give them a try.

              Cheers,

              Brett
              • 4. Re: Marquee to Vector in MX 2004?
                Level 7
                Slothrop206 wrote:
                > Hi all,
                >
                > I just took a tutorial on a faster way to remove the background from an image
                > and it involved the "convert marquee to vector" command. I can't find this in
                > my MX 2004 menu.
                >
                > Is there a workaround?

                If you mean this:

                http://www.pixelyzed.com/pixelforge/removebackgrounds/

                or this:

                http://www.adobe.com/devnet/fireworks/articles/removing_backgrounds.html

                (same tutorial), then it does say Fireworks 8 in the title btw ;-)

                You have received some good advice on the workarounds to create the mask
                vector shape so I'll just add that, speed is not the only or even the
                main advantage of using vector masks (however they are created) to
                remove images backgrounds or "lift" parts of an image The main advantage
                is the quality of the results and editability. The edges of the mask
                will always be antialiased correctly without jagged edges to any new
                background, no matter how complex and without the need for further steps
                (feathering, adding a small glow effect or whatever the usual
                workarounds are). Editability means that the mask shape remains editable
                at all time for refinement. This is not possible with traditional
                methods that delete image pixels permanently.

                HTH!

                --
                Stéphane Bergeron
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                • 5. Re: Marquee to Vector in MX 2004?
                  SlothropSea Level 1
                  Stephane and everyone,

                  Thanks so very much for all of the tips, links and help. It's fantastic.

                  I now have a much needed laundry list of skills to build up (and at least one purchase order request in the works for the Creative Suite update).

                  Very much obliged and sincerest regards,

                  Brett