On 14 Oct 2011, at 05:00, Dan J wrote:
Why I say avoid is that Freeway encourages you to skip the step of cutting and Saving for Web since it takes native files. While some see that as a bonus, I’ve never felt it worked in my process so I still to this day Save for Web in PS first and then import as a Pass-Through in FW to ensure I get the exact thing I want.
This technique is all well and good. However, it makes work. To my mind it takes away from the very Freewayness of Freeway.
Say you create a layout you think will work. You spend time saving out the images from Photoshop, importing them as pass-throughs in Freeway. Then you find you needed the images a different size after all. You have to go through the whole rigmarole again.
Importing native images to Freeway is so much simpler. If you change your mind about the size or position of an imported image, you just change it in the Freeway page. Freeway does the hard work of working out the format and compression and colours and everything else.
The secret is to set up Freeway to output the images the best way. Sometimes it will guess wrong. Sometimes, an image is best output as a GIF, but Freeway guesses it as a JPEG. It looks awful, the colours are wrong, it’s all mushy. The solution is to use the Inspector and force Freeway to publish a GIF instead. You can use Freeway to preview the output image as you work, you can optimise images on the fly, you can use Actions to manipulate images even further.
I’m not saying the PS/Save for Web/Passthrough system doesn’t work. I’m saying you’re potentially making work, and not letting Freeway do what it’s meant for - making web design easy. Use Freeway’s tools whenever you can, and you will get excellent results most of the time. I use a combination of the Inspector and the Photo Magic Action to make placed images look great.
Many years ago, Walter D shared a technique he used for placing images. If the images needed to really pop, and Freeway wasn’t quite doing it the way he wanted, he would note the scale, dimensions and crop of the image output by Freeway, then replicate it using Photoshop. The optimised images would then be imported back to Freeway as pass-through images. All of this would be done as a last stage routine, once the design was finalised and approved.
Let Freeway do the work. It’s what it’s designed for. Intervene only when it’s not working as expected.
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