3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 30, 2007 7:03 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Optimize > Specific Matte color for each slice?

    soniczen
      Hi,

      I have a document filled with text and slices that gets exported as transparent gifs. Sort of a repository of all text-images I use for a site that has different background colors for different parts of the pages.

      Problem:
      When I select a slice, or multiple slices and select a matte color in the optimize window, Fireworks sets the matte color for the entire document for all slices.

      Question:
      Is it possible for Fireworks to remember which matte color I set for each slice, so I dont have to set the matte color for each slice (or set of slices) each time I want to export? Why doesn't the matte color "stick" to the slice? Or am I missing something?

      Thanks,

      Patrick
        • 1. Re: Optimize > Specific Matte color for each slice?
          Level 7
          The matte color is based on the web layer, not specific slices, the
          theory being (I guess) that the images would be matted against a web
          page background color, which would be the same over the whole page. So
          each time you change the color, FW changes it for all slices.

          One option - though not very automatic, would be to select your slices,
          then go to File > Image Preview slices. You can set the matter color for
          them in the preview window. Once complete, you can select the other
          slices and go through the same process, changing the matte color. Make
          sure to check of "Export Selected Slices Only" before you do the actual
          save.

          Not elegant, but maybe it will save you some time/frustration.

          While no means a perfect solution, in FW CS3, you can have multiple page
          and each page can have its own web layer so you could work with your
          slices in this manner, but that is probably more work than it's worth
          and could be more complex from a maintenance perspective.

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          soniczen wrote:
          > Hi,
          >
          > I have a document filled with text and slices that gets exported as
          > transparent gifs. Sort of a repository of all text-images I use for a site that
          > has different background colors for different parts of the pages.
          >
          > Problem:
          > When I select a slice, or multiple slices and select a matte color in the
          > optimize window, Fireworks sets the matte color for the entire document for all
          > slices.
          >
          > Question:
          > Is it possible for Fireworks to remember which matte color I set for each
          > slice, so I dont have to set the matte color for each slice (or set of slices)
          > each time I want to export? Why doesn't the matte color "stick" to the slice?
          > Or am I missing something?
          >
          > Thanks,
          >
          > Patrick
          >
          • 2. Re: Optimize > Specific Matte color for each slice?
            soniczen Level 1
            Thanks for the response.

            I tried the first tip... I can't seem to locate the "File > Image Preview slices" option. Image preview seems to just be the entire document, and not specific to slices. Am I missing something? Shouldn't preview only show the selected slices, if they are selected?

            Patrick
            • 3. Re: Optimize > Specific Matte color for each slice?
              Level 7
              soniczen wrote:
              > Thanks for the response.
              >
              > I tried the first tip... I can't seem to locate the "File > Image Preview
              > slices" option. Image preview seems to just be the entire document, and not
              > specific to slices. Am I missing something? Shouldn't preview only show the
              > selected slices, if they are selected?
              >
              > Patrick
              >

              Select the slice first, then go to File > Image Preview. Make your matt
              and optimization settings and then click Export.

              You can do the same thing by selecting the slices, setting your matte
              color in the optimize panel, then right clicking on a selected slice and
              choose Export Selected Slice.

              HTH

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