If you are importing the desisgn from a PSD and the bg is disappearing, it means that some effect used for the BG is not supported by Fireworks. The default options when openign or importing a PSD are set to maintain as much editability as possible, but this means that the appearance of certain layers/effects may be different.
Check your Import and Open options from the Preferences panel or when you try opening the PSD and change the settings so effects are flattened on open/import.
I can't tell you which ones to change because I don't have access to your PSD file. You'll need to do some experimenting.
If you want to build this yourself in FW, create your gradient in a rectangle, and then try linking the texture file from the Textures list
Or you could try just adding Noise to the gradient, from the Live Filters menu. A value of 3 or 4 should do it.
Noise, probably like the texture supplied by your designer, is random, though, so getting a decent repeating background tile may be difficult.
Thanks so much Jim. I hear what you're saying. The only thing about flattening it is that I need access to the layers but now I see why that happens. Thanks!
The only thing about recreating the bg myself is that I don't know what I'd do. I don't understand why my bg didn't work by taking a slice of her PSD file (23x720) and then pasting it into a 23 x 1440 new file, rotating the slice by 180 degrees (b/c the gradiant goes from light on top to dark on bottom so it looks more natural) and pasting it again won't work. So, I'm not sure what to do or how to make it work by scratch and how it wouldn't be wavy again when I got it from her original file. Does that make sense?
Can you better describe what you mean by "not work"? Are you unable to paste? Is it just visually not working as a repeating background image?
No.....I mean what I already created does not look right on the site so I'm not sure how to recreate one from scratch that would look right w/o the waves. Does that make sense?
Yes as I said earlier - that probably has to do with the random tedture being applied to the gradient. It will be difficult-impossible to be able to match the left edge of the textured gradient with the right edge, when using a random texture. You could try a thicker slice, but I don't know if that will help. You can try finding another more regular texture where you can more reliably find a seamless repeat, or delete the texture completely, or (worst case) generate a large background image wide/tall enough to ensure that even widescreen monitors won't show the edges.
Thanks Jim! I just found a techie/web/design friend who figured it out in PS and remoted in and showed me how. Stretched the borders down, changed the gradiant so light to dark would show correctly, took a slice, created a filter cut it by 50 to take care of the seam and then saved it. It looks beautiful. Give it a look. I would never ever have known how to do that.
Glad you got it sorted out1
Thank you! I would never have figured out what he showed me!