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Adobe Creative Cloud Design Tools All-in-One For Dummies by Jennifer Smith

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Chapter 5: Adding Graphics, Audio, and Video

In This Chapter

  • Importing bitmap images and vector artwork
  • Importing Illustrator and Photoshop files
  • Importing audio files
  • Adding video to your movies

You may decide to enhance your Flash movies with the addition of photos or graphics created in other applications, such as Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. Flash natively supports importing Photoshop and Illustrator file formats as well as many popular image formats. Combine this feature with the capability to import and use most popular audio and video formats, and you can truly make your Flash movies an immersive multimedia experience.

Bitmap versus Vector Artwork

In computer-based design, you need to be aware of two graphic types: bitmap and vector. The drawing environment in Flash natively creates vector graphics, but you can use both bitmap and vector graphics in a Flash file.

Vector graphics refer to scalable artwork consisting of points, paths, and fills that the computer creates based on mathematical formulas. Changing the size, shape, or color of vector shape is simply a matter of recalculating the formula and redrawing the shape. As a result, vector graphics maintain crisp quality even when scaled far beyond their original sizes. Flash (like its cousin, Illustrator CC) can natively create detailed vector illustrations and typography that you can easily scale or modify.

Bitmap graphics are created from a series of multicolored, tightly arranged pixels. The detail of the image ...

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