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Learn How To Make Slices with the Selection Tool in Fireworks
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Now, there is another way we can use to make a slice and that is starting off with the selection tool itself. Instead of dragging the slice out, we can have the slice automatically sized to any object that we have selected in our project. I am going switch over to the “Selection” tool and what I will do is I will select the graphic on the “What We Do” button.
Now, the way the selection tool works is a little bit different that what you might be used to in the Photoshop. You will notice as I roll over different objects, it indicates the item that I could select in red as I roll over them. But as soon as you have selected something by default, it will be shown in that blue color, so you can tell what you have selected and we you could select as you move the cursor around.
With any object selected, I could simply go up to the “Edit” menu, I can choose “Insert” and insert a rectangular slice and the program will automatically make a slice that is exactly the same size as the original object I have selected.
Now, let us zoom in and take a look at that slice. Use the “Magnify” tool. I am just going to zoom in right on this corner right here at the top. Now, you will notice a couple of things. By creating this slice exactly the size of the graphic, I have managed to make one that is a little bit different height from the previous slices we made. That looks like about a one pixel difference.
Now, Fireworks will make this without any problem, but the resulting table that I will have inside of my HTML file will have to accommodate this difference in heights. That means I will have to have a one pixel row inside my table just to make sure that I get the layout exactly the same as we are working with here.
Now, I really do not want that for my design, so let us fix that by going into the “Select” tool and I will grab a hold to the handle on the slice and I should be able to snap it right up against the last slice we made, making sure that all my buttons are the same kind.
Now, there are few other nice things we get with the snapping of this slices. Our slices are going to work kind of in tandem with the other ones we have drawn them and especially when we just snap them on top of one another, so that they align correctly. I am going to zoom out just a little bit, I will Command Minus. That would be Ctrl+Minus on the PC. I will hold spacebar to get my hand tool, so I can look at this area from a little bit further out that we were just working on.
Now, if you got a set of slices that are all sharing the same boundary, instead of just individually editing each slice with the “Select” tool as we did before, I can actually grab a hold of the boundaries in my cursor changes as I get on that boundary line that is red and if I move that red line, you can see that I am actually editing both the slices along here.
In fact, if we zoom out just a little bit more, you will notice that red line is common boundary for all four of my slices, so I can move four slices at once by moving that single boundary line around.
This also works in between my slices, if I am grabbing the boundary instead of the control handles, I can move the slice boundary and I am actually changing two slices at once, instead of just one. That can be really handy for fine tuning your design and making sure that you got just the right selections to set your buttons up for your table design in your HTML page later.