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: “Hey, can you change the text on that button from ‘Now Firing’ to ‘Now Hiring'?”
In the hands of less-capable software, you’d face quite a tedious switching-and-opening task each time you wanted to open 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); then open it to make your changes.
Dreamweaver proves much more considerate of your time, because it lets you specify your favorite graphics program. Thereafter, using that program to edit a picture on your Web site is as easy as a couple of clicks.
Before you can take advantage of this timesaving feature, you need to tell Dreamweaver which graphics program you want to use.
Choose Edit → Preferences (Dreamweaver → Preferences in Mac OS X).
The Preferences dialog box opens, as shown in Figure 5-9.
Figure 5-9. You can select external editors for various types of Web files—including graphics formats such as GIFs, JPEGs, and PNGs—from the File Types/Editors category of the Preferences dialog box.
In the left pane, click File Types/Editors.
The Preferences box now shows ...