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Chapter 6. Importing Graphics > Importing PDF, EPS, and Illustrator Files

Importing PDF, EPS, and Illustrator Files

Flash MX 2004 now includes support for importing Adobe Illustrator 10, EPS, and PDF files. You can now import Adobe Illustrator files created in version 6 through 10, and PDF files created in version 1.4 or earlier (this is the version of the PDF file format, the industry standard, not the version of Adobe Acrobat which is currently at version 6.0). When these files are imported, there are a number of options you can choose from. Some options in the Import options dialog box are context-sensitive; that is, they only appear if they are relevant to the imported file. The dialog box that appears when importing any three of these files is the same expect that if there are multiple pages in the file being imported, an additional option appears so you can choose which pages to import (Adobe Illustrator doesn't support multiple pages). Other than this, they are the same. The "Convert Pages To" option appears regardless of whether there are multiple pages in the document being imported.

Import an Illustrator, EPS, or PDF file

Click the File menu, point to Import, and then click Import To Stage.

Click the Show popup (Mac) or Files Of Type (Win), and then select Adobe Illustrator, EPS, or PDF.

Navigate to the file on your hard drive.

Select the Illustrator, EPS, or PDF file you want to import.

Click Import (Mac) or Open (Win).

Click the Scenes (or Screens) or Keyframes option.

If your file has multiple pages (as in the case of a PDF), you can choose to convert these pages into separate scenes or screens, or you can choose to have each page displayed on a separate consecutive keyframe in the same scene.

Click the Layers, Keyframes, or Flatten option.

  • Layers. Select this option to convert the layers in the imported file into corresponding layers in the Flash Timeline.

  • Keyframes. Select this option to convert the layers in the imported file into consecutive keyframes.

  • Flatten. Select this option to flatten the layers in the imported file onto a single layer in Flash. Each layer is grouped and stacked on top of each other.

If necessary, click the All or From option, and then enter a page range.

IMPORTANT This option only appears if there are multiple pages in the file (as in a PDF document).

Select from the following options:

  • Include Invisible Layers. Select this check box to include all layers visible or invisible during the import.

  • Maintain Text Blocks. Select this check box to maintain editable text blocks.

  • Rasterize Everything. Select this check box to rasterize (convert into a bitmap) all of the art into a single image, and then select a rasterization resolution.

Click OK.


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