I haven't tested what you describe, but you can try the following and see if it helps:
Restore default preferences
- Quit Fireworks.
- Locate the Fireworks Preferences file on your hard disk and delete it.
The exact location of this file varies from system to system.
- In Windows, preferences are in your user-specific Fireworks configuration folder.
- Windows [Drive]:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Application Data\Adobe\Fireworks CS#\English\
- In Mac OS, preferences are in the Library/Preferences folder in your user folder. For information about locating your Mac OS user folder, see Apple Help.
- Mac [User]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Fireworks CS#/en/Fireworks Preferences
- Note: On Mac OS, most Fireworks user-specific configuration files are stored in your user-specific Application Support folder.
The Fireworks CS4 Preferences file is an exception.
- 3. Restart Fireworks.
- The next time Fireworks is launched, a new preferences file will be created that restores Fireworks to its original configuration.
Where are you selecting greyscale or alpha channel? That's not available in my version of Fireworks, as far as I can tell.
Can you upload a copy of your Fireworks PNG file? I can't understand what you are trying to do with the mask.
All the file contains is a rectangle, here's the process:
- CTRL-N 600x400
- U - hold click and drag to create rectangle
- MODIFY > MASK > REVEAL ALL
- G - hold click and drag to fill the mask with a gradient
whilst at stage 4 of the above, any amendments I make to the gradient prior to applying (changing grey to black at one end of the gradient spectrum or moving the blend scale) are lost and it reverts to white-grey mix, therefore I can't get a gradient of 0 to 100% Alpha.
All I'm trying to acheive is a rectangle that is transparent at one end and blends through to 100% at the other.
I can upload .png but you wont be able to see what I'm doing as it doeesn't apply, all you'll see is a white-filled mask linked to the rectangle in the layers panel.
If you want your image to fade from transparent to opaque, you set your mask gradient from black to white. The grey level in the mask determines the transparency of the image. You wouldn't set any transparency on the mask in this case.
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Lazlo, I have been able to replicate your problem. It seems that after enabling the Preserve Transparancy option off to on, to off again, and then attempting to set an end stop manually to white does not stick.
Though as a workaround, select the Gradient picker in the PI, at the popup, choose Black, White from the Preset drop down list, and it should revert back to normal.
many thanks for taking the time to check this out.
Heathrowe, yes that's the problem I've been experiencing; not being able to update the gradient paint buckets on the slider.
Your workaround works, much appreciated.