2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 15, 2008 3:04 PM by JoeDaSilva

    Client Presentation - PDF, Other

    Jethro-D
      Hi, I have a couple questions regarding common practices for presenting initial web design concepts to clients if using Fireworks to design (especially CS3 or possibly CS4).

      1) If converting a design to PDF for presentation (not sure if this is just new to CS4), how does one ensure that the client sees the design at 100% of size?
      [The reason I ask is that we currently use Illustrator for comps/mock-ups and when exporting to PDF and viewing in Acrobat, at 100% view it is way too big. On my computer it has to be viewed at about 75% to be true to size.]

      2) If not using PDF, would you save pages as a high-quality JPEG?
      [When we do this in Illustrator or Photoshop, we lose the sharpness of the type as it is rasterized. It is definitely preferable to have the type remain vector if possible.]

      3) What other common workflows are used to get a quick page mock-up to a client?

      Thanks a lot. We currently use Illustrator mostly because everyone has it and is familiar with it. If the new CS4 version of Fireworks has improved the typographical and color control to more closely match the rest of the suite, we may be tempted to switch over. But the final sites will be CMS driven, so creating static HTML pages is not really the goal here.
        • 1. Re: Client Presentation - PDF, Other
          Level 7
          Jetro wrote:
          > Hi, I have a couple questions regarding common practices for presenting initial
          > web design concepts to clients if using Fireworks to design (especially CS3 or
          > possibly CS4).
          >
          > 1) If converting a design to PDF for presentation (not sure if this is just
          > new to CS4), how does one ensure that the client sees the design at 100% of
          > size?
          > [The reason I ask is that we currently use Illustrator for comps/mock-ups and
          > when exporting to PDF and viewing in Acrobat, at 100% view it is way too big.
          > On my computer it has to be viewed at about 75% to be true to size.]
          >
          > 2) If not using PDF, would you save pages as a high-quality JPEG?
          > [When we do this in Illustrator or Photoshop, we lose the sharpness of the
          > type as it is rasterized. It is definitely preferable to have the type remain
          > vector if possible.]
          >
          > 3) What other common workflows are used to get a quick page mock-up to a
          > client?
          >
          > Thanks a lot. We currently use Illustrator mostly because everyone has it and
          > is familiar with it. If the new CS4 version of Fireworks has improved the
          > typographical and color control to more closely match the rest of the suite, we
          > may be tempted to switch over. But the final sites will be CMS driven, so
          > creating static HTML pages is not really the goal here.
          >
          Export to PDF is only available in CS4. I am not sure if you can set the
          default Zoom size at all, but for sure it can't be set in FW. Perhaps
          there is a setting in Acrobat Pro.

          You can set text to remain editable, although for on screen display, it
          may still show up as a compressed jpeg, with the editable type available
          once it is selected. (Hope that makes sense). I just did an export test
          and I think things looked pretty decent, at Jpeg Hi, with the Enable
          Text Selection option selected.

          If you use hotspots, you can make the PDF interactive which is handy. It
          will support links to other pages or even to web sites.

          If not using PDF, you can try exporting your pages 24 bit flat png
          files; that should resolve some of the type quality issues but your
          files will be much larger than the jpeg counterpart.

          HTH

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          • 2. Re: Client Presentation - PDF, Other
            JoeDaSilva Level 4
            I typically export as a giant JPEG or PNG, and then create a simple file in Dreamweaver that displays the exported JPEG, and then uses whatever type of background the site calls for, be it a solid color or a tiled graphic.

            Here's an example I did for a previous employer of mine (core3, not the deli):
            http://www.core3solutions.com/work/stevesdeli/version_a.html