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Chapter 6. Importing Graphics > Importing Bitmaps

Importing Bitmaps

You can import bitmaps of several file types directly into Flash to use in your Flash movie. It is important to remember that even though you can edit and resize bitmaps in Flash, the original bitmap will always be embedded in the exported Flash file. If file size is an issue, it is best to bring your bitmapped art in at the size you want to export it. For example, if your image is going to be 160 pixels by 160 pixels in the final movie, it is best to import it at this size and not resize it up or down in Flash. You will end up with higher-quality images and smaller files if you do this. You can import files using the Import To Stage or Import To Library methods. The Import To Stage method stores the bitmap in the Library and places a copy on the Stage, while the Import To Library method stores the bitmap in the Library and doesn't place a copy on the Stage.

Import a Bitmap to the Stage

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

Click the Show popup (Mac) or Files Of Types list arrow (Win), and then select the format of the file you want to import.

Navigate to the file on your hard drive.

Select the file you want to import.

Click Import (Mac) or Open (Win).


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