3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 3, 2010 9:58 AM by Jim_Babbage

    illustrator to fw?

    symbolized_bar_code Level 2



      I just finished designing a series of logos for a client who now wants them as Fireworks files. I work in Illustrator and PhotoShop daily, but barely ever touch FW (might seem strange, but what can you do). So I am trying to figure out the easest way to get the logos in vector format into FW.


      I have tried exporting a png, but that gives me a bitmapped image. Both opening the illustrator file and copying it change my graients to solid colors for some reason. At least I get my layers if I open it directly. So what is the best way to get from point A to point B on this?


      On a different note, I was looking at my save option in Fireworks and am not seeing any legacy option. My client is using FW8, and am I using CS5. ANy potential problems here?



      Thanks in advance

        • 1. Re: illustrator to fw?
          Jim_Babbage Level 4

          Opening the AI files directly into FW is probably your best option, but as you noted, you may find that your gradient colors change. This could be due to the fact the FW does not support CMYK, and the the colors are converted to RGB when you open the AI file in FW. More likely in your case, though, you're using a gradient effect in AI that is not supported in FW. Generally, FW does a decent job of supporting gradients from AI, but there's always an exception I guess.


          There is no legacy option for Fireworks. If you have true text in your file, your client will likely run into issues in FW8, as the text engine was changed to the Adobe Type Manager in CS4. FW8 did not support pages, either, so if your design uses more than one page, your client will only see the first page of the design.





          Jim Babbage

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          • 2. Re: illustrator to fw?
            symbolized_bar_code Level 2

            Thanks for the help! I actually figured out what portions of the files were causing the issues around midnight last night. So two of the files had a clipping mask set up with an item that was setup at 20% opacity. So that portion was causing an issue. The second part was actually coming form an inner glow effect in Illustrator.


            So with that being said - the opacity issue was an easy fix. The inner glow was sort of an easy fix. The issue I run into here is that the inner glow effect in illustrator looks different than the inner glow effect in FW. I tried all the differnt setting in FW (at least I think I did, but it was late) and I couldnt seem to make it an even glow. It always wanted to be heavier on one side. Ultimatley I just dropped it since my client wasnt being to picky.


            Thanks again for the help.

            • 3. Re: illustrator to fw?
              Jim_Babbage Level 4

              Inner glow should be equal on all four sides, but perhaps the gradient and opacity settings were interfering with it.


              Glad you got things sorted!


              Jim Babbage