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Best way to open a .psd file in FW CS5

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Hello!

I'm new to FW and I recently found out about an ongoing issue of opening .psd documents in FW.
Say, I know that it's generally recommended to use adjustment layers in PS, but in FW they won't open. So maybe then its best to avoid them? Also I know that when I open a .psd file in FW I get a small window where I can choose if I want to have the editability or the appearance...(1st and 2nd options out of 4). Which one is better? Or its a trial and error thing and for each specific file, its different? Maybe if I want to use a flatten image in the live site, it would be a best practice to simply flatten the .psd file into .gif, .jpg or .png before opening it in FW to avoid the issue? Of course, I mean if I don't need layers etc. And in that case...which format would be the best out of 3? .png because its more related to FW or it doesn't really matter? Another thing is...PNG24 (flattened one)-is it a good idea to use it on live sites or its best to use .gifs and .jpgs?
Also if you could provide links to more info concerning the abovementioned issues, I'll appreciate that!
Thanks in advance!
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Question by:cromartie1974
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by:glenn_1984
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Editability vs appearance depends on what you want to do.  If you want to add items to the psd I would select appearance.  If you want to change items and appearance works select that again otherwise choose editability.

Flattening the psd means you do not need to change or work on any of the Photoshop layers.

It really all depends on what you need to do in FW and what the end result is.
I generally do everything in FW unless someone sends me a psd that I need to modify OR I need a PS function I do not have in FW (rare).
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by:cromartie1974
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I still get a feeling thay I would have to open a file and see how it looks in FW to know which option to choose...Ok, lets say that part is clear, more or less...There's no magic solution here from what I understood.
I know what flattening means :-)
Maybe I'm wrong, but I got a feeling that FW doesn't have lots of PS functions. But maybe I'm wrong because I still don't know enough about FW.
This way or another...Please, answer my last part of the question, so I'll give you your points.

///... And in that case...which format would be the best out of 3? .png because its more related to FW or it doesn't really matter? Another thing is...PNG24 (flattened one)-is it a good idea to use it on live sites or its best to use .gifs and .jpgs? ...///
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You are correct, there is no one magic solution.
I tend to think of Photoshop for working on photos and FW for web design, though either can do both.
FW does web design and export better.
PS has more built in functions for photo adjustments.

Some links are:
http://www.adobe.com/support/fireworks/basics/fw4ps_users/fw4ps_users02.html
http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/tutorials/importpsdflash/Import_A_PSD.pdf
http://www.adobesystems.ca/devnet/fireworks/learning_guide/design/design_guide_pt1.html
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