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Chapter 3. BITMAP MEMBERS > DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • You can cut, copy, and paste between the Paint window and other image programs.

  • On the Mac, you can drag and drop a graphics file from the desktop to the Cast window.

  • After you use one of the Distort tools in the Paint window, you can then choose Xtras, Auto Distort. This creates new cast members that are copies of the original image, but include the distortion you last used. So, if you rotate the image about 10°, and use Auto Distort to create six new members, the new members will be rotated 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60°.

  • You can convert a color image to black-and-white by using Transform Bitmap and then changing the color depth to 8-bit and the color palette to grayscale. You can then convert it to another palette if you need to.

  • You can create a selected area in one bitmap member and then select that same area in another member. First, use the Lasso tool to select the area. Then, copy it. Go to the second bitmap image. Choose Edit, Paste, and then immediately choose Edit, Undo. The pasted image goes away, but the selection lasso remains.

  • If you really don't like the Paint window, you can set Director so that it launches another application, such as PhotoShop or Fireworks, every time you edit a bitmap. Just choose File, Preferences, Editors. You can even opt to have an external application launch for certain types of bitmaps.

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