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Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

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Editing Graphics

Nothing's ever perfect, especially when you're building a Web site. Corrections are par for the course—not just to a Web page, but to the pictures on it, as well. Perhaps a picture is a tad too dark, or you'd like to crop out the rowdy co-worker being escorted out by security from your company's holiday party photo.

In the hands of less-capable software, you'd face quite a tedious switching-and-opening task each time you wanted to edit a graphic. You'd have to open Photoshop, Fireworks, or whatever graphics program you prefer; choose File Open; navigate to your Web site folder; find the graphic that needs touching up (if you can even remember its name); and then open it to make your changes.

Dreamweaver 8 includes tools for performing many basic editing tasks. For more complex work, like changing the text on a button from "Now Firing" to "Now Hiring," you need to switch to a different program. However, Dreamweaver is considerate of your time; it lets you access your favorite graphics program with just a couple of clicks.

The Built-In Editing Tools

Dreamweaver includes four tools for cropping, resizing, sharpening, and adjusting the brightness and contrast of images (see Figure 5-8). Suppose your boss emails you his portrait with instructions to put it on his "Meet the boss" page. Unfortunately, it's too big and too dark. Rather than launch a separate image-editing program, you can simply add the photo to the page and make the corrections within Dreamweaver.

Figure 5-8. The ...

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