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Chapter 6. Deeper into Graphics > Paint window tools

Paint window tools

Although it's not as feature-packed as a high-end graphics application like Painter or Photoshop, the Paint window in Director does place some powerful tools at your disposal. This section provides a rundown of some of them, along with tips on using them to your advantage. We'll let you explore the most straightforward ones common to other paint programs on your own and focus instead on those whose capabilities aren't immediately apparent.

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When you start working with complex images, ones beyond the ability of Director's Paint window, you will probably create them in an external editor such as Photoshop. You can then easily import the images into your Cast. Director also allows you to specify external editors for bitmaps and other Cast member types (from the File menu, choose Preferences and then Editors). That means that if you double-click a bitmap Cast member, the specified editor will open the image for modification. Director retains the editor's additional information (such as layers) for the image. Once you edit an image using Director's Paint window, however, such additional information is discarded (with the exception that you can modify a registration point), and the image becomes a plain bitmap.



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