12 Replies Latest reply on Jan 19, 2009 6:12 AM by Paevo Kelley

    Brushes

    Level 7
      Can photoshop brushes be used in FW?

      Regards
      Fiona


        • 1. Re: Brushes
          Level 7
          Fiona wrote:
          > Can photoshop brushes be used in FW?

          Not as brushes, no.

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          • 2. Re: Brushes
            Paevo Kelley Level 2
            Speaking of which, why isn't there a similar arsenal of brushes, gradients, patterns, etc. for FW as there is for PS? All I've ever added on are the styles, which are nice, but limited in number...
            • 3. Re: Brushes
              Paevo Kelley Level 2
              Sorry; forgot textures (though they are a pain to scroll through...)...
              • 4. Re: Brushes
                Level 7
                So, referring to your other post about the artsy side of things - if you are
                desiging web stuff in FW and want a more 'artsy' component, do you make it
                in PS and import it to FW?
                Regards
                Fiona

                "Paevo Kelley" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
                news:gkqh2q$624$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                > Sorry; forgot textures (though they are a pain to scroll through...)...


                • 5. Re: Brushes
                  Level 7
                  Paevo Kelley wrote:
                  > Speaking of which, why isn't there a similar arsenal of brushes, gradients, patterns, etc. for FW as there is for PS? All I've ever added on are the styles, which are nice, but limited in number...

                  There is quite a variety of patterns that come stock with FW, as well as
                  textures. You can make your own patterns as well, and just copy them
                  into the patterns folder in FW

                  Gradients are pretty much unlimited in terms of your own creativity, but
                  there is a decent starting set accessible from the gradient editor. For
                  more control over gradients, you might want to download Grant Hinkson:

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

                  There are many other textures you can download as well, from the Adobe
                  Exchange.

                  FW CS4 also has a kuler panel which can be used right within the
                  interface. themes can be edited or even just imported as swatches.

                  ALso, if you're on a PC, many of the old PS 5.5 filters will work with
                  FW. YOU just have to point to them and do a little edit of the disabled
                  plugins text file in the FW configuration folder. Unfortunately, the
                  filters won't work on a Mac, I've been told.

                  The patterns and textures from PS can also be imported. You just need
                  them in PNG format first. I batched processed about 20 AI pattern files
                  from PS and I can use them as new textures in FW.

                  The stroke categories give you quite a range of interesting stroke
                  effects and if use the Vector path tool, you can apply the stroke effect
                  based on speed of mouse movement or pressure if you have a tablet.

                  Lots of things can be done. :-)

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                  • 6. Re: Brushes
                    Level 7
                    Fiona wrote:
                    > So, referring to your other post about the artsy side of things - if you are
                    > desiging web stuff in FW and want a more 'artsy' component, do you make it
                    > in PS and import it to FW?

                    I do everything in Fireworks, including the "artsy" stuff. As they say,
                    it's not the tool that makes the artist, but the artist that makes the
                    tool. :-)

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                    • 7. Re: Brushes
                      Level 7

                      "Linda Rathgeber"
                      > I do everything in Fireworks, including the "artsy" stuff. As they say,
                      > it's not the tool that makes the artist, but the artist that makes the
                      > tool. :-)
                      >

                      Hi Linda (I have your 'Playing with Fire' book, by the way)

                      I am by no stretch of the imagination anywhere near a graphics expert, in
                      fact, I would put myself in the novice category still, even though Ive
                      dabbled with it for years - but what I have managed to do over the years, I
                      have always done in Fw.
                      I have never used PS before, never had the need to, or, never really
                      understood what it did anyway.

                      But... I was surfing the net the other day and happened to come across
                      brushes for PS, which, well, just looked so useful.
                      Hence the questions about the brushes for FW.
                      Im sure, if I searched for tutorials and spent a lot of time, I could manage
                      something in FW, BUT, it just seemed that, if you could use the sweep of a
                      brush, and have a whole night sky going on, for example.

                      Are you writing any new books for FW?

                      Regards
                      Fiona



                      • 8. Re: Brushes
                        Level 7
                        Fiona wrote:

                        > Are you writing any new books for FW?

                        Contemplating it. :-) I'll be rebuilding my website very soon.

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                        • 9. Re: Brushes
                          Paevo Kelley Level 2
                          I agree that FW can duplicate the capabilities of both PS and AI to certain extent; however, I prefer to relegate certain tasks to various programs (always draw in AI, never, in FW, for example), just because I like the "feel" of the application; the complexity of PS' features is unrivalled and, while too intricate for workhorse graphics, just seems right for creating a sense of depth in banner art...
                          • 10. Re: Brushes
                            Paevo Kelley Level 2
                            > So, referring to your other post about the artsy side of things - if you are
                            > desiging web stuff in FW and want a more 'artsy' component, do you make it
                            > in PS and import it to FW?

                            Yes, as png. Basically I start prototyping in FW, manipulate photos and create banner art in PS (with AI if necessary, for which there a good number of brushes as well), and bring it all back to FW, where it's all nice and clean and ready for export to DW. FW is the alpha and omega of the design process, while PS and AI are the undisputed kings of everything in-between...
                            • 11. Re: Brushes
                              SiamJai Level 2
                              quote:

                              Originally posted by: Newsgroup User
                              I do everything in Fireworks, including the "artsy" stuff. As they say,
                              it's not the tool that makes the artist, but the artist that makes the
                              tool. :-)



                              Linda, I really like that saying. :-) Truer words have never been said about artsy design!

                              Should be a bumper sticker ;-)

                              • 12. Re: Brushes
                                Paevo Kelley Level 2
                                ...and any "artist" who thinks that FW is as good or better at photo manipulation than PS or as good or better at drawing than AI has not seriously examined either of those "tools"...