Temporary workaround jpg to show you what it's supposed to look like:
Also, see attached file for source layered Fireworks PNG. Notice that the attached file is only for illustration and problem-solving. Redistribution is prohibited, as it is not a free or open-source file.
iridium-bg-style1.png 2.9 MB
Hmm. Evidently I simply do not know how to use Fireworks. Here's what happens:
I open up the layered PNG file that I attached earlier. I select the slice in the web layer that corresponds to the header (bg-main.png) and right-click, choose Export. What I get is a grayscale version of that slice, which I linked to. The only way to get color, according to my knowlege of the software, is to export the entire document as a PSD into Photoshop, then select that slice and run Save For Web and Devices. That's how I got the color version that I linked to.
Could I have accidentally changed a preference somewhere? If so, is there a way to restore Fireworks to its default settings? Or do I just need to keep digging around the internet looking for a tutorial that happens to mention what I don't know yet?
Thanks for your time on this!
EDIT: I just saw that you mentioned to look at the image preview settings. Looking into that now...
Well, I've got it correctly exporting the slice as an RGB jpg, but now I don't know how to get it to export as a png. Ha! What's bothersome about this is that I didn't try anything different this time, but the outcome was different. Before now, when I chose JPG-Better Quality, the outcome was a greyscale jpg. Now, it's in color. Odd. Clearly human error is to blame, but I just don't know what I've done wrong. I guess this all gets chalked up to a learning curve. I am a Fireworks novice, after all!
Change the Optimize setting from JPEG to PNG in the Optimize panel. Exporting as PNG 8 saves you about 7 kb.
You're very welcome
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