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Chapter 3. BITMAP MEMBERS > TROUBLESHOOTING BITMAP IMAGES

TROUBLESHOOTING BITMAP IMAGES

  • The Paint window has always had a few quirks. The Paint window was overhauled between Director 6 and 7, which removed many of the older quirks and created some new ones. At the time of this writing, it is hard to determine which quirks will stick around and which might get fixed in the final version of Director 8, or subsequent updates. Just don't worry so much if something doesn't seem to work quite as it should. There are many ways to perform the same task in the Paint window.

  • If you are trying to use a PhotoShop filter and Director crashes, it's probably because the filter is not compatible with Director. Most filter developers test their products only on PhotoShop, and they may not be 100% compatible with Director. Make a note when a filter doesn't work so that you do not crash again.

  • Director imports JPEGs and GIFs in their native format, which is not editable. When you try to edit one of these images, Director asks you first whether you want to convert it to a bitmap. This is normal. However, if you want to keep using the JPEG or GIF image, you must edit the image in an external application, such as PhotoShop or Fireworks, and re-import the changed file. You can set your editing application by choosing File, Preferences, Editors.

  • Getting strange patches of white or black around the image when it is displayed on the Stage? This could be because the image has a bad Alpha channel, and you have Use Embedded Alpha turned on for the bitmap. If you don't care about the Alpha channel, just turn this option off.

  • If you need to edit a 1-bit member in the Paint window, note that the Pencil tool does not always switch black to white and white to black as it should. However, converting the image to 8-bit and editing it there works fine; then, you can convert back to 1-bit when you are done.

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