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Chapter 6. Importing Graphics > Copying Images from Other Programs

Copying Images from Other Programs

You can paste a bitmap image from other image editing programs, such as Adobe Photoshop or Macromedia FireWorks. Simply use the standard copying procedure in the program of your choice to place the bitmap into the clipboard, which is where the operating system dynamically stores information you copy, and then paste it into Flash directly on the Stage. Copying images from other programs works well for bitmaps. However, results are unpredictable when pasting vector graphics from other programs. Often they become corrupted when they are copied to the clipboard, depending upon the origin program or the operating system. It is best to use the Import command to import vector graphics into Flash.

Paste from the Clipboard

Copy the image to the clipboard in an image-editing program.

Launch or switch to Flash MX 2004, and then open the Flash document in which you want to paste an image from the clipboard.

Select an unlocked layer or keyframe.

Click the Edit menu, and then click Paste.

TIMESAVER Press +V (Mac) or Ctrl+V (Win) to quickly paste from the clipboard.


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