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Using Adobe Flash CS4 Professional

Using Adobe Flash CS4 Professional

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About imported Fireworks PNG files

You can import Adobe® Fireworks PNG files into Flash as flattened images or as editable objects. When you import a
PNG file as a flattened image, the entire file (including any vector artwork) is rasterized, or converted to a bitmap
image. When you import a PNG file as editable objects, vector artwork in the file is preserved in vector format. Choose
to preserve placed bitmaps, text, filters (called effects in Fireworks), and guides in the PNG file when you import it as
editable objects.

About imported filters and blends from Fireworks PNG files

When you import Fireworks® PNG files, you can retain many of the filters and blending modes applied to objects in
Fireworks and continue to modify those filters and blends using Flash.

Flash only supports modifiable filters and blends for objects imported as text and movie clips. If an effect or blend
mode is not supported, Flash rasterizes or ignores it when it is imported. To import a Fireworks PNG file that contains
filters or blends that Flash does not support, rasterize the file during the import process. After this operation, you
cannot edit the file.

Fireworks effects supported in Flash

Flash imports the following Fireworks effects as modifiable filters:

Fireworks blend modes supported in Flash

Flash imports the following Fireworks blend modes as modifiable blends:

Fireworks effect

Flash filter

Drop shadow

Drop shadow

Solid shadow

Drop shadow

Inner shadow

Drop shadow (with Inner shadow automatically selected)

Blur

Blur (where blurX = blurY=1)

Blur more

Blur (where blurX = blurY=1)

Gaussian blur

Blur

Adjust color brightness

Adjust color

Adjust color contrast

Adjust color

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Using imported artwork

Flash ignores all other blending modes imported from Fireworks. The blending modes that Flash does not support are
Average, Negation, Exclusion, Soft Light, Subtractive, Fuzzy Light, Color Dodge, and Color Burn.

Importing text from Fireworks into Flash

When you import text from Fireworks into Flash 8 or later, the text is imported with the default anti-alias setting of
the current document.

If you import the PNG file as a flattened image, you can start Fireworks from Flash and edit the original PNG file (with
vector data).

When you import multiple PNG files in a batch, you select import settings one time. Flash uses the same settings for
all files in the batch.

Note: To edit bitmap images in Flash, convert the bitmap images to vector artwork or break apart the bitmap images.

1Select File> Import> Import To Stage or Import To Library.

2Select PNG Image from the Files Of Type (Windows) or Show (Macintosh) pop-up menu.

3Navigate to a Fireworks PNG image and select it.

4Click Open.

5Select one of the following for Location:

Import All Page(s) into New Scene(s) Imports all pages in the PNG file as scenes within a movie clip, with all of their
frames and layers intact inside the movie clip symbol. A new layer is created that uses the name of the Fireworks PNG
file name. The first frame (page) of the PNG document is placed on a keyframe that starts at the last keyframe; all other
frames (pages) follow.

Import One Page into Current Layer Imports the selected page (identified in the Page Name pop-up menu) of the PNG
file into the current Flash document in a single new layer as a movie clip. The contents of the selected page are
imported as a movie clip, with all of their original layer and frame structure intact. If the page movie clip has frames
inside it, each frame is a movie clip in itself.

Page Name Specifies the Fireworks page you want to import into the current scene.

Fireworks blending mode

Flash blending mode

Normal

Normal

Darken

Darken

Multiply

Multiply

Lighten

Lighten

Screen

Screen

Overlay

Overlay

Hard light

Hard light

Additive

Add

Difference

Difference

Invert

Invert

Alpha

Alpha

Erase

Erase

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6Select one of the following for File Structure:

Import As Movie Clip And Retain Layers Imports the PNG file as a movie clip, with all of its frames and layers intact
inside the movie clip symbol.

Import Page(s) as New Layer(s) Imports the PNG file into the current Flash document in a single new layer at the top
of the stacking order. The Fireworks layers are flattened into the single layer. The Fireworks frames are contained in
the new layer.

7For Objects, select one of the following:

Rasterize If Necessary To Maintain Appearance Preserves Fireworks fills, strokes, and effects in Flash.

Keep All Paths Editable Keeps all objects as editable vector paths. Some Fireworks fills, strokes, and effects are lost on
import.

8For Text, select one of the following:

Rasterize If Necessary To Maintain Appearance Preserves Fireworks fills, strokes, and effects in text imported into
Flash.

Keep All Paths Editable Keeps all text editable. Some Fireworks fills, strokes, and effects are lost on import.

9To flatten the PNG file into a single bitmap image, select Import As A Single Flattened Bitmap. When this option
is selected, all other options are dimmed.

10Click OK.

See also

“Edit a bitmap in an external editor” on page86

“Convert a bitmap to a vector graphic” on page87

“Break apart a bitmap and create a bitmap fill” on page87

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