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Chapter 5. Importing, Using, and Optimiz... > Combining Bitmaps and Vector Art

Combining Bitmaps and Vector Art

Whenever you plan to use bitmaps and vectors together in Flash, you need to be aware of a few issues. Combining bitmaps and vectors almost always has an impact on file size, but increased file size isn’t the only issue you have to deal with. Whenever a Flash movie plays, it’s using the computer it’s playing on to run the calculations necessary to render the vector art. Let me tell you, having some types of vector art animating over the top of a bitmap can turn your file into a real resource hog. If you’re depending on other people’s computers to do some work, the question becomes how much work are you expecting them to do? You won’t make any friends by crashing their computers and consuming all their system resources!

To understand the issues involved in combining bitmaps and vectors, take a look at an example of how not to do it. Why start from there? Because if you know how to spot the problems, it’ll make it easier to avoid making them as you start to build your own files.


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