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About Fireworks Files

About Fireworks Files

You can work with a variety of file types in Fireworks. For example, you can start with a PNG file and save it as a JPEG or GIF file. You can create HTML files that contain JavaScript code. You can also export or save an image as a file type specific to another application, such as Photoshop or Flash, if you want to continue working in the other application.

The following are the most common file types in Fireworks:

  • PNG, or Portable Network Graphic, is the native file format for Fireworks. PNG is a versatile web graphic format that can support up to 32-bit color, contain transparency or an alpha channel, and be progressive.
  • GIF, or Graphics Interchange Format, is a popular web graphic format for cartoons, logos, graphics with transparent areas, and animations. GIFs contain a maximum of 256 colors.
  • JPEG was developed by the Joint Photographic Experts Group specifically for photographic or high-color images. The JPEG format is best for digital or scanned photographs, images using textures, images with gradient color transitions, and any images that require more than 256 colors.

For information on other file types in Fireworks, see “Choosing a File Type” in Using Fireworks.