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Chapter 5. Importing, Using, and Optimiz... > Converting Bitmaps to Vector Graphic...

Converting Bitmaps to Vector Graphics

One of the most reliable ways of keeping the download time of your Flash movie quick is to use vector-based graphics in place of bitmaps whenever possible. Because vector-based graphics use mathematics to describe objects, as opposed to the pixel-by-pixel storage used in bitmaps, vector graphics usually, but not always, are the optimal choice.

What kind of bitmapped images are suitable for conversion to vector graphics? It depends on the effect you are trying to achieve. If you try to convert a highly detailed image to a vector graphic, but still try to keep it as photo-realistic as possible, you’ll end up with a vector image that produces a much larger file than you would have gotten by just using the original bitmap. However, if you don’t need or want the bitmap to be photo-realistic, you might find that you can actually save file size and get interesting effects by converting it to a vector graphic.


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