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Jill Olkoski

Jill has a MA in Clinical Psychology, a BS in Computer Science, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

She currently owns Aldebaran Web Design in Edmonds (near Seattle WA) and enjoys educating her clients on topics related to small business website design.

In Jill's previous life, she spent 17 years in the engineering and quality organizations of a Fortune 100 tech company.


Fireworks Tip – Punching Vectors and Bitmaps – Smart Punch to the Rescue

December 11th, 2008

It’s not often I find something that thrills me enough to write a blog article – but today I found it. If you use Fireworks for your web design graphics, you should download and install this wonderful Fireworks extension called “Smart Punch” by John Dunning.

Sometimes you need to use one object as a kind of cookie-cutter tool on another object. In Fireworks, this is achieved by selecting both objects and selecting Modify -> Combine Paths -> Punch.

But if one of the objects is a bitmap (like a photo) – you get an error message telling you that both objects must be paths. I’ve run into this several times, I do the same thing over and over, hoping for a different result. It never works.

I did some searching and found this simply wonderful extension that literally let me do what I wanted to do without triggering the warning.

Note that it’s found under Commands-> Objects -> Smart Punch (I had to search for a while).


J. Olkoski
Aldebaran Web Design, Seattle
Jill Olkoski has a BS in Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She delights in using her advanced technical and psychological skills to help small business owners develop cost-effective and successful websites.

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