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Chapter 6. Publishing > Alternative File Settings (JPEG, GIF, and PNG)

Alternative File Settings (JPEG, GIF, and PNG)

Alternative file options are intended to allow you the choice of using a frame (or frames) in your Flash piece outside the project in another a graphical format. Often you may create artwork in your Flash piece that you want to use in other print pieces or in HTML online. You can publish selected frames from your Flash piece and convert them into workable artwork in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format. This can also be useful if you want to blur objects in Flash. Simply export a frame from Flash, bring it into Photoshop to apply a blur appearance to it, and import it as a PNG file back into Flash. You can then use the blurred image on in-between frames of your animation to create a blurred look for animation styles. In this section we'll take a look at how to publish a frame or group of frames to alternative formats.

JPEG Settings

JPEG files will export only the frame your playback head is currently in. Therefore, if your playback head resides on frame 20, frames 1–19 will not be exported. Figure 6.8 shows a Flash document that is currently resting on frame 10. No other frames will be able to export to JPEG; only frame 10 will export because that is the playback head's location.


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