Removing the Background By Masking/Eliminating The Jagged Edges
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Removing backgrounds in Fireworks can leave the image with jagged edges if using the magic wand and then just deleting the background. The example below shows the original picture and the background removed using the magic want. Notice the jagged edges? By using a masking technique we can remove the background from an image with clean edges.
Removing the Background Just Using the Magic Wand
With your bitmap selection still active, go to the Select menu and click Select Inverse. The bitmap selection now covers the image instead of the background of the image.
Set your stroke to none and fill to white.
Now use the Fireworks feature that makes all of this possible. With your image still selectioned, open the Select menu again and click Convert Marquee To Path. Your bitmap selection has just been transformed into a vector shape that follows the selection's contour and has the default Stroke and Fill settings that were selected in the main toolbox as shown below:
You're now ready to apply the mask to the image. Switch to the Black Arrow tool and click anywhere in the gray area outside the canvas to deselect everything.
Shift-click both the image (click its background outside the white vector shape) and the vector mask shape itself so that both are selected. You can easily do this by clicking both at the layers panel. Your image should look like the image below. Notice that there are two blue selections: