Tag Archives: Edge Reflow

Send an object to the front or back in Edge Reflow

In the past week, someone asked on our user forums how to send an object to the front or back in Reflow. In Reflow, as elements are placed on the canvas, their default position value is “static”. When items are position: static, they do not support the z-index property which determines stack order.

To change the stack order of elements in your Reflow design, you must first change the position property from static to “absolute”, “relative” or “fixed”. You can do this in the Layout -> Advanced pane.

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Once your element is fixed, absolute or relatively positioned, you will see options in this pane for z-index.

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Click on the first button to push an element back in the stack order. Or, click the second button to send the object back in the stack order.

Push a style to all breakpoints in Edge Reflow

While working on a responsive design in Reflow. You may find yourself styling an element while you are in one of your breakpoints. For example, you may have added a background color and image to a box while in your 350px breakpoint like this:

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However, you actually want all of these styles on the default breakpoint. To push these styles to the default breakpoint, hover over the right edge of each style. You should see a button show up looking like this: Image. Pushing this button next to a style will push that region specific style to all breakpoints.

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Turning on CSS Filters and CSS Regions in Edge Reflow

Because CSS Filters and CSS Regions are not yet supported in all the browsers, Edge Reflow doesn’t have support for them turned on, by default. To use CSS Filters or CSS Regions in the tool, you need to go to the menu item: View -> Shiny Web Features. You will get the following dialog describing these features.

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Turn these features on.

Now, you will be able to use CSS filters at the bottom of your Styling tab for any element on your canvas.

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Or, you will be able to use CSS Regions which I have a tutorial for in an earlier blog post.

Where did my Generate menu go in Photoshop CC?

In just the past week, I’ve seen at least two situations where customers suddenly had their Generate -> Image Assets and Generate -> Edge Reflow Project disappear (or become disabled).

The first thing to troubleshoot in this case is to look at your preferences. Go to the menu item Photoshop -> Preferences -> Plug-Ins

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In the dialog menu, ensure that “Enable Generator” is checked. I’m sure there is a bug somewhere, but, this preference gets turned off sometimes!

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Hopefully, this helps. 

In the case of exporting Edge Reflow projects, if you are not able to see a menu option for File -> Generate -> Edge Reflow Project, please check that you have the folder: <install directory> / Adobe Photoshop CC/ Plug-ins/Generator/reflow.generate.  If you do not have this directory, uninstall and reinstall Edge Reflow. The Edge Reflow installer should automatically install the plug-in for you.

Using Edge Reflow to play with CSS regions

Kids spend most of their awake hours just playing. This helps them to understand the world and figure out how things work. In fact, here is a picture of my son playing with paint and learning about colors.

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With Edge Reflow’s latest public release, we are giving you the opportunity to play, learn, and use an emerging css feature,  CSS Regions. CSS Regions will allow your content to flow through different containers on your web site. This enables you to build more magazine style layouts. As of this month, CSS regions are supported in Safari in iOS7. You can also view CSS Regions in Chrome by enabling the experimental WebKit features flag.

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Edge Reflow is the first tool that will allow you to see CSS regions in action without writing any code. Then, after drawing a few regions, you can view the HTML/CSS output to see how the magic happened.

Let’s get started. The first thing you will need is Edge Reflow CC which you can download from here.

I will take you through a simple CSS region example and I hope you will continue to play with the feature and use it in the future.

Step #1: Turn on CSS Regions support in Reflow by going to the menu item View -> Shiny Web Features

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This will bring up a dialog box describing some new CSS features including CSS filters and regions which are not supported in all browsers. You will need to ensure that CSS Regions is on. Press OK and dismiss the dialog.

Step #2: Draw a text element on the canvas. Copy and Paste a lot of text in it. I’ve copied my text from “The Atlantic” which always promises a good, but, long read. 

Step #3: Right-click on the text element and choose the menu item “Create Region Container”.

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Step #4 In the flow container, look for the + icon on the bottom right. Click on this and then draw out other flow containers.

Play with resizing the various containers and notice that all of your text content will flow from one of these containers to another. Also play with the size of your canvas by dragging the canvas handle right and left.

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Note, when the + icon is red, this means that there is more content overflowing the current container.

Step #5: Edit your content.

If you want to edit the original content that you are having flow through the various flow containers, double click on any of the containers. From this “content editing mode”, you can add images, more text, add boxes, and change styles as you sit fit. All of the content will flow through the containers that your drew previous.

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Step #6: Exit content editing mode by clicking on the left arrow in the status bar. (or press ESC, or double click on the checkered portion of the editing area)

Step #7: See the CSS code written out for the container that you drew.

To do this, ensure that the container is selected. Then, click the <> icon in the bottom status bar.

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Step #8 Preview in Chrome or Safari.

From Reflow, you can preview your design in the browser. This can be done from the View menu. If you don’t have the correct version of Safari or Chrome, you will get a warning.

Step #9 View all the HTML and CSS code.

In step #8, you viewed the design in the browser, so, there must be HTML and CSS, right? Of course there is. You can find the CSS and HTML that Edge Reflow creates for your design inside the assets directory of your project.

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Regions have the opportunity to really change the way web sites lay out their content. What I’ve built above is not beautiful, but, its just a sample of how your content can flow through any part of your page you choose.

To download the simple Reflow project I talked about above, you can find it here.