Can Fireworks CS4 be used for print graphics?

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  1. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

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    Hi guys,

    I have been using fireworks 8 for web graphics, and I was wondering if FW cs4 can be used for print graphics? With my understanding from this site, the older FW programs aren't suitable for print:

    http://www.fireworkszone.com/page-2-0-117.html

    I am contemplating upgrading to FW CS4, but just wondering if I'll need illustrator or something for simple stuff like designing my business card.

    Thanks!
     
  2. design-is macrumors 65816

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    Hi there,

    Here is a thread which talks the subject of Best program to design a business card/letterhead in? to death - so feel free to have a good read :)

    But if your not worried about best practice, and aren't getting them printed professionally (Fireworks 8 doesn't seem to offer a CMYK colour space, see below*), then Fireworks 8 should be fine, as longs you set it to the right size and print resolution (example attached).

    Cheers,

    /Doug


    *From the Fireworks 8 help files:

    Though Freehand has now been replaced with Freehand since Macromedia was acquired by Adobe.
     

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  3. chiefroastbeef thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hello design-is,

    Thank you so much for the input! That is exactly what I'm looking for, I appreciate it very very much.

    Does Fireworks CS4 support CMKY colour space?

    I searched and read the business card thread you posted, it helped a bit, but I quickly became furious at the comments of the "designers," I have never heard such arrogance, self-righteousness from a person's mouth, including millionaires and billionaires I've come to personally know in the past.

    Thanks for your help, I will give it a try!
     
  4. design-is macrumors 65816

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    No problem - happy to help!

    Yes, the design forum is a bit more arrogant than this one ... I should have warned you - sorry about that lol

    I'll look into the CS4 CMYK issue and get back to you :)

    /Doug

    -EDIT-

    It looks as though Fireworks CS4 does recognise CMYK colour values via its colour palette, but without access to the software, I can't vouch for whether or not it can use a CMYK colour space.

    Source

    It looks as though it only deals in RGB still:

    Source

    In conclusion, I don't think Fireworks will ever be a good piece of software for professional print design. Adobe has Photoshop, InDesign & Illustrator for that.
     

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