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Chapter 7. Using Non-Flash Graphics > Using the Clipboard to Import Graphics

Using the Clipboard to Import Graphics

You can bring bitmaps and vector graphics into Flash via the Clipboard. The process is not always reliable, however. Vector graphics in particular may lose something in translation when they go through the Clipboard. If you have trouble using the Clipboard with a particular item, try saving the file that contains the graphic in one of the formats that Flash imports and then bringing the whole file in with the Import command. You can always delete any portions of the file you don't want to use in Flash.

To paste graphics through the Clipboard:

1.
Open the application used to create the graphic you want to bring into Flash.

2.
Open the file containing the graphic.

3.
Select and copy the graphic, using the procedures appropriate to the creator application.

4.
Open the Flash document in which you want to put the graphic.

5.
From the Edit menu, choose Paste.

If the graphic is a bitmap, Flash pastes it on the Stage as a group; Flash also places it in the library. If the graphic is a vector, Flash places it on the Stage as a grouped element. When you import multiple items, Flash brings each one in as a separate group (Figure 7.7). Flash does not add imported vectors to the library.

Figure 7.7. Select and copy non-Flash vector graphics (top). In Flash, choose File > Paste (middle). Flash brings each item onto the Stage as a separate group.



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