How to prepare a Fireworks file for printing

Preparing Fireworks graphics to be used for print

Artwork created in Fireworks can be repurposed for print materials. Images that will be used exclusively on the Web only require a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Web graphics will be displayed on a computer monitor and file size should be kept as small as possible, so a lower resolution is desirable. When graphics will be output to a printer, it is important to set a higher resolution, so that the file delivers a better quality printed image.

Determining the best resolution settings

Calculating the image resolution that should be set when printing a graphic is simple. The image resolution should be twice the printer's line screen. For example, if the graphic will be printed on a 65lpi laser printer, set the resolution to 130 pixels/inch. In most situations, the target printer would not exceed a line screen value of 150, therefore 300 pixels/inch is a common setting.

To change the image resolution of a graphic, do the following:


Make sure the Fireworks software has been updated to version 2.0.2 or upgraded to version 3.
To download the free 2.02 installer, go to:


Open the image file. Choose Modify > Document > Image Size. In the Image Size dialog box, check the boxes next to Constrain Proportions and Resample Image.



Type the desired number in the Resolution field. The pixels/inch should be twice the number of the target printer's line screen. If the printer's line screen is not known, the setting of 300 pixels/inch will give the best quality output for most high end printers.


To find out more information about a specific printer' s line screen, consult the printer's documentation or the manufacturer's Web site. For information on output to imagesetters and other high end print devices, contact a service bureau representative.

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