Sometime around 23/12/07 (at 10:32 -0500) s baum said:
I am simply trying to be able to roll onto a thumbnail and when I do
the full size image will appear on the larger size box next to it.
What I’ve read that I don’t understand is after I import the
thumbnail in the small graphic box do I also drop the full size
image into the large full size box as well and then apply the
actions, or do I just place the thumbnail and then apply the actions!
Here’s one way to do it:
Import your full-size image into its own box.
Choose Item > Actions > Slave Show/Hide Image to apply the “Slave
Show/Hide Image” action to the large image.
Open the Actions palette and set ‘Initially’ to Hidden.
Note that the Slave Group is “Indigo” and Slave # is “1”. This allows
for multiple items to be shown and hidden, but don’t worry about that
for the moment.
Select your thumbnail and choose Item > Actions > Rollover to
apply the standard rollover action to it.
In the Actions palette, click the Parameters tab to show the popup
menu set of controls.
The Slave Group is already set to Indigo, the default. If you want
to show the large image when someone just ‘rolls over’ the thumbnail,
set the MouseOver popup menu to “1”, the same slave number as your
image. If you want to show the large image when someone clicks on the
thumbnail instead, set the Click to “1”.
That’s it, you’re done!
The slave group and slave number can be used to manage sets of
different images to hide and show. If you had five thumbnails and
five larger images, you would set each one to use the SAME slavegroup
but DIFFERENT slave numbers. When a visitor triggers one, the message
that the browser gets is sent to all items in that group, and it sets
the item with the specific slave number to its ‘non-initial’ state
and the other numbers within that group to their initial, default
state. In other words, for your setup it would hide any items set to
be in the same slave group but show the one with the right slave
And if you have another set of images set to use a DIFFERENT slave
group, you can have entirely separate sets of hide/show triggers that
don’t reset each other. Cool, huh?
Where things can go wrong: watch out for graphics being overlaid and
merging. The output will be a single composite graphic, and any code
applied in the above steps will work on that whole item, not just the
individual item you select. That’s IF the graphics are set to combine
rather than be sliced. See below for slicing info…
Also how do I import an html sliced image into an existing graphic
box? I also tried to bring a sliced image into a a two cell table
and it wouldn’t let me.
First of all, why are you bringing in sliced objects? It is actually
almost always better to bring in your iunsliced image and slice it in
Freeway if required. The slicing is done ‘virtually’, and can be
adjusted very easily right in the page layout.
Import your original unsliced image. If the real original is a
native Photoshop document (and you’re using Freeway Pro) then just
import that! DON’T import a pre-compressed JPEG; in order to slice it
in Freeway it will have to be re-optimised for web by Freeway - which
means recreating the JPEG - which means another lossy compression
stage - which results in further lossy damage to the image.
Make sure it is UNlayered. This can be done with layered items if
they’re grouped together, but that is slightly more involved. (If
you’re using Freeway Express then I don’t believe you have to worry
about this point at all.)
Place another graphic box - again, unlayered - on top of the first
one, positioned where you want a slice section to be.
In the Imspector palette, UNCHECK the ‘Combine Graphics’ option.
This tells Freeway not to produce a single overall graphic item,
slicing it along the boundaries of the selected graphic instead.
When you preview/publish your page the final result will be
web-ready, web-optimised graphics that are produced from the
stacked-up collection of graphic objects but sliced into multiple
Want to change the slice area? Just move or reshape the ‘uncombined’
box or boxes. Easy, non-destructive, and all in your page layout.
k (nursing a Christmas throat and on antibiotics for the season. Bah humbug!)
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