Is there an advantage/disadvantage to slicing by adjusting canvas size and using Export Wizard vs. using the knife tool and Export --> HTML and Images (or CSS and Images)? I was taught the latter, but I just watched an online video that instructed viewers to use Export Wizard.
Also, and this is killing me, can you slice and export a non-repeting and non-gradient pattern? I'm trying to use metal-turbine with another texture for my background, but I can't figure out how -- or if -- I can slice it. If not, how can I get the image onto my page and still keep a fast download time for the visitor?
(I'm using CS4, by the way.)
Thanks to all who can help.
The former seems like a very clumsy method. It would require you to undo the canvas resizing and rezsize it again for every part of the document you wanted to export. The latter is simply incorrect. The 'Knife' tool is used for reshaping vector objects. The most efficient method is to draw slices appropriately over your document with the 'Slice' tool, set up optimisation for each slice, and then either right click on a slice to export it seperately, or choose File > Export to export the entire document in slices.
You need to create a tile for your background and add it to your HTML page in Dreamweaver. Here's a PDF that describes how to make a seamless tile. Althought the tutorial was done for an earlier version of Fireworks, you can still use the same method.
Thanks very much!