What format of image? What's the original source and processing?
It seems any photo I open in Fireworks loses quality. But a specific case is when I took some profile photos with my Nikon D3000 and then downloaded them into iPhoto on my Mac. They looked great there. When I opened them in Photoshop from the iPhoto library they still looked good. But when opened in Fireworks is when I noted the lose of quality and richness of color.
Thanks and hope this info helps.
A bitmap image (such as a .jpg or .gif) is basically a grid of colors, which are represented by the values (numbers) for how much red, green, and blue of each pixel in the grid to activate when the image is displayed on a monitor or printed.
Some bitmap images (including .jpgs) can also specify a color profile. Applications that support color profiles will adjust the color values before they are displayed. Photoshop honors color profiles, Fireworks does not. Fireworks does not, because most browsers do not; Fireworks displays images as they will be seen on the Web. Photoshop does, because Photoshop can support color profiles for print devices.
Photoshop has a default color profile. If you open an image that does not have a color profile in Photoshop, Photoshop will apply its default color profile to the image and adjust the color values it displays. Photoshop shows you modified data; Fireworks shows you the raw data. This is not a quality issue, because nothing has changed with your image and the applications are operating exactly as they are supposed to.
What you want, I think, is to be able to open your image in Photoshop, and then save the richer view of the colors you see, but without a color profile.
Read this article: http://www.viget.com/inspire/save-for-web-simply
You can find out more about this whole issue if you query your favorite search engine for the phrase "photoshop save for web color shift" (without the quotes).
Very helpful info. Thank you very much!
Very helpful advice.