9 Replies Latest reply on Aug 2, 2007 6:09 AM by AGKnight

    Photoshop Slices

    AGKnight
      I have a Photoshop file with 21 slices. Before CS3 I would open the file in ImageReady and prepare for export. Everything was hunky dory. The slices came over and life was grand. Now that I have CS3(and no ImageReady) I figured I would continue to work with Photoshop, creating slices and artwork and finally move the file into Fireworks CS3. Well, either I'm doing something wrong or slices don't migrate from PS to FW. Anyone else have this issue?
        • 1. Re: Photoshop Slices
          Level 7
          AGKnight wrote:
          > I have a Photoshop file with 21 slices. Before CS3 I would open the file in
          > ImageReady and prepare for export. Everything was hunky dory. The slices came
          > over and life was grand. Now that I have CS3(and no ImageReady) I figured I
          > would continue to work with Photoshop, creating slices and artwork and finally
          > move the file into Fireworks CS3. Well, either I'm doing something wrong or
          > slices don't migrate from PS to FW. Anyone else have this issue?
          >

          My understanding from a video I saw was that slices were respected,
          but I just did a test and that appears to be not the case. Or maybe I
          misunderstood the video.

          Having said that, as you are going to FW anyway, why not just create the
          slices there?

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          • 2. Re: Photoshop Slices
            AGKnight Level 1
            Thanks, Jim. The one big problem is that the agency developing the original files uses PS/IR CS2 and doesn't have Fireworks or CS3, so that is not an option. The agency delivers a PS file that is sliced and 'image mapped' and I take their file and optimize and export to HTML for the final presentation. How could they not include something as elementary as slices and image maps????
            • 3. Re: Photoshop Slices
              Level 7
              AGKnight wrote:
              > Thanks, Jim. The one big problem is that the agency developing the original
              > files uses PS/IR CS2 and doesn't have Fireworks or CS3, so that is not an
              > option. The agency delivers a PS file that is sliced and 'image mapped' and I
              > take their file and optimize and export to HTML for the final presentation. How
              > could they not include something as elementary as slices and image maps????
              >

              I see, yeah that would be a problem! Maybe Alan Musselman can answer
              that last question in more detail, but I do know that the dev team
              certainly had their hands full producing the version we do have.
              Unfortunately, like any software update, you can only do so much.

              FW and IR/PS handle slicing much differently, so maybe there were
              integration issues that the team did not have time to address. And
              rather than include a half-baked solution, they opted to leave it out
              for this rev.

              I'll keep digging around and see if I can find a solution, though.

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              • 4. Re: Photoshop Slices
                AGKnight Level 1
                I did find this nugget of information in the KB. Argh, all of a sudden CS3 ain't so great for me... http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb400899&sliceId=1
                • 5. Re: Photoshop Slices
                  Level 7
                  AGKnight wrote:
                  > I did find this nugget of information in the KB. Argh, all of a sudden CS3 ain't so great for me... http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb400899&sliceId=1

                  What are the odds your agency will upgrade?

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                  • 6. Re: Photoshop Slices
                    AGKnight Level 1
                    No reply yet from the agency yet on that question. But, in light of this news they probably won't be upgrading very soon. There's actually a petition protesting this very subject here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/imageready-cs3/

                    Anyway, I've found a semi quick way to get slices and image maps from IR/PS to FWCS3. Not intuitive, but functional in a pinch.

                    1) Export to HTML as normal from IR
                    2) Create a FW file to the correct dimensions
                    3) Import the HTML into FW. This will leave you a 'Web Content' layer including all of the slice and image map information
                    4) Open the PSD in FW so that all the image layers etc are there. (the 'Web Content) folder will be there, but empty)
                    5) Switch over to the FW doc of the imported HTML. Select all objects in the 'Web Content' folder
                    6) Switch back over to the opened PS doc and paste into the 'Web Content' folder

                    If someone else has an easier way please share!

                    Glen
                    • 7. Re: Photoshop Slices
                      pixlor Level 4
                      Having recently upgraded my Studio MX, I'm new to Photoshop, so please forgive me if this is a stupid question, but would this be easier (or even possible)...?

                      Once the slices are created in Photoshop, create a new layer. Select each slice and, on the new layer, flood fill each slice with a different color. Then, when the image is imported into Fireworks, you at least have the positions of the slices and can create FW slices diirectly or using new guides.

                      Hmm. I dunno. I'm not sure it sounds easier than your method, to tell you the truth.

                      • 8. Photoshop Slices
                        Level 1
                        Hey your on to something Pixlor.

                        AGKnight - It is un-fortunate we couldnt implement Ps Slices into Fw. It may seem easy on the outside, but when you peer in on the inside there is a lot of complexity going on and we had to make critical decisions based on engineering efforts to support what we could in Ps during the time frame we had allotted for CS3. I very much wanted to have slices carry over and it only made sense that we did it, but the effort was apparently too large and not realistic in the time frame.

                        Pixlor - Now, maybe we can create an extension in Ps that exports the coordinates of the slices into a txt file and when you open the PSD in Fw you run the command to read in the slice info and populate the slices appropiately.

                        Sorry for not responding earlier, I've been thinking about how we can handle this today via an extension.
                        • 9. Re: Photoshop Slices
                          AGKnight Level 1
                          Thanks, Alan. I completely understand there were decisions to be made, some of them not pretty. It was just a huge disappointment and inconvenience for me in this one scenario. For 2 years I had a work flow in place. Now with CS3 it all changes to the point that it more than doubles the time to completion. I'm more mad at myself for uninstalling CS2 to reclaim disk space. In the spirit of the Simpson's movie... D'OH!

                          Glen