Opening psd files in Fireworks

Many designer and users of Fireworks report of getting psd files from their team members and agencies. I feel that the best way to open a psd file in Fireworks would be via the most flexible option which also needs you to understand the basic terminology of features used by designers of Ps to create the psd file.

This is due to the reason of non availability of features like Adjustment Layers, clipping masks and more. This should not limit the other objects which can be opened into Fireworks with full editing capabilities, like the shape layers are vectors within Fw which can allow for edit in fill, stroke and other filters applied to it.

The best way, I feel to use this flexibility is to “Custom Settings from Preferences” setting from the Open/Import dialog which is brought up while interacting with a psd file.

The preference settings of what is mapped from Ps to which feature in Fw is defined via the following preference screen option. You will have to try some options to get familiarity but I feel it is also the best option.Customize the settings and see which is best option to work with your psd files in Fireworks. There is an interesting preferences related to filter mapping as well.

NOTE: If anyone is willing to share a psd file, I could show up the results via different preference settings.Share on Facebook

3 Responses to Opening psd files in Fireworks

  1. Michel says:

    Here’s an interesting (and quite simple) .psd file: (free download link)

    When I open the file inside Fireworks CS5, I see some differences with what the PSD originally should look like. Could you play with this file a bit more, and show us, using various settings and options, how we can preserve maximum of the file’s editability, while also keep the visuals as close to the original, as possible? 🙂

    That’s an interesting example!

    (Btw, the 365psd website has a lot of other, absolutely free, psd files available for download — some of them might be interesting to try to import into Fireworks and see what happens? They might be even interesting to the Fw engineering team to investigate, since each example is fairly small and simple).

    What do you think? 🙂

  2. Keith Lang says:

    Thanks Sarthak. Photoshop import, with as much edibility as possible is a really key feature to me because other designers usually work in Photoshop.

    To me this functionality is a cornerstone of the bridge which more Photoshop users would cross if they could. 🙂

  3. Phoenix says:

    What’s the status of this? I’m looking for this functionality too!