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Chapter 8. Motion Design > Importing Graphics and Bitmaps

Importing Graphics and Bitmaps

Since Flash is a vector-based program, you'll need to create intricate artwork, photography, and collages with additional software. Once created, you can import it into your Flash document to enhance your presentation. Flash supports a range of image formats for import, which are outlined in Table 8.1.

Table 8.1. Image Formats Supported by Flash MX
FORMATDESCRIPTION
JPEGStandard file format that is used for Web photos and can be compressed. Use image-editing software to compress before importing.
GIF, BMPStandard file format that is used for Web graphics and can be compressed. Use image-editing software to compress before importing.
PNGImporting PNG files from Macromedia Fireworks produces file sizes equal to or smaller than the formats above. PNG files also provide greater editing flexibility because you can import their layers and frames.
Macromedia FreeHand/Adobe Illustrator (EPS)These files can be imported to Flash with their layers, frames, and symbols.



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