Okay I'll hazard another newbie question here. I'm just trying to grasp the general idea on everything so I can work on my school project for this (I'm taking Web Graphics Using Fireworks -- great class but still tons to learn outside the lectures! I'm jumping ahead, but it's fun. :-)
What if I'm using a patterned background with a transparent image on top of it? I have a layout that uses a photo where I've applied a gradient effect so that it blends into the background. Ultimately for the Web I'll need that photo as a transparent PNG file to use in Dreamweaver. I've tried exporting it as a slice, but it always includes the background. I guess it's necessary to delete the background pattern before exporting that slice?
(I haven't even tackled the idea of the patterned background yet, but I guess I could slice out a thin piece of it -- I'll assume Firework's texture patterns are seamless.)
I'm trying to wrap my brain around slicing and how I'll ultimately use it. :-)
Thanks for any help,
You're correct about the export. Set the slice of your photo to PNG 32, and hide the background image. Make sure the canvas is set to transparent (no color) as well.
FW's textures and patterns act as seamless fills in vector objects, the but artwork is not all uniform in size. You'll have to experiment with the size of the vector object to make sure it produces a seamless background fill.
Thanks! I appreciate the help!