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The File>Save option creates a native Fireworks file (especially if you use the .png format), which includes some additional proprietary information in the header (as allowed by the PNG specification).
What you want to use is the File>Image Preview option, review/modify the export settings, and then export the slice you've created.
The distinction to remember:
Save makes a Fireworks document that you can edit later (.png format).
Export makes a graphic suitable for the Web (settings properly adjusted, of course).
In another thread, someone recommended using the form filename.fw.png for Fireworks documents, to help you remember that it's more than just a flat file. I thought this was a great recommendation, especially when I know I want to export images in .png format for the Web. It helps keep me from overwriting a layered Fireworks document with a flat bitmap file.
- Hide all other Layers/objects/bitmaps EXCEPT the gradient background.
- Window > Optimized Panel to open it/bring it to the foreground. Set options to .jpg, then File > Save As xxx.jpg.
Turn on all your other Layers/objects when you just have the background exported.
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