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Learn How To Look at the Images and Delete Unused Files in Fireworks
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Now, everything is looking good but I would like to turn my attention to the images themselves. We have clicked on few to select them before and what I would like to point out is that we are getting GIF Files.
Now, that is working out okay for most of our graphics but for some of the graphics, particularly those gradient flames we see on the side, both the lower flame and the top flame, I am seeing a lot of banding drop into here.
Well, just like everything else, we have control over what kind of graphic is exported. GIF images do great when you have limited number of colors, but as soon as you throw a lot of colors into a GIF image, as we are seeing here in what should be a smooth gradient file, the GIF image starts to break down a bit. So, in our next export pass, I want to make sure that we find two in our image selection for each one of these image slices.
Now, before we go back to Fireworks, there is one more thing I want to take a lot at. We can see on each one of the images, we are now using our slice names instead of those generated ‘slice names’ from Fireworks. Now, that is good, but over my file menu, I can still see all of those Row One and Column One image files there.
Now, just so we are saying everything, I am going to go up to the fly out menu at the top and I am going to refresh the window. And there we can see, we actually have saved both the original names of all of our files and the names that we are using now.
Now, as we said before, when I export from Fireworks, it will overwrite A-names that we were using but it will not necessarily delete these unused files. We need to do that, ourselves. So, for our last pass, I am going to make sure that we clean up all the images and we will see if we can stack things up just a little bit better. In fact, Dreamweaver will help us manage that right away.
Now, since we are going to be rewriting all these files, I would like to take this opportunity to delete every image inside of our Workflow Project Files folder, so that we can start fresh on our next export. That includes everything from this GIF at the top all the way down the flame tree.
So, I will just hold down ‘Shift’, so I can select that entire group. And using the ‘Command’ key on the Mac or the ‘Ctrl’ key on the PC, I can pick up the space GIF at the bottom and the Alien auto GIF at the top. I will just hit the ‘Delete’ key and confirm that deletion and Dreamweaver will clean all that up for us.
Now, we are ready to go back to Fireworks. I will hide Dreamweaver once more and back in Fireworks, let us make those changes.