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How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS4 by Chris Georgenes

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Trace Bitmap

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PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES CAN be used to add a measure of realism to any Flash project. They can be imported and used in their original state, or they can be simpified for a unique, stylized look. The obvious approach to vectorizing photographs is to import the image into Flash and use the drawing tools to trace it by hand. But that can be very time-consuming depending on the complexity of the image.

The trick here is to average down the amount of colors in your image, and Adobe Photoshop makes this an almost effortless task. Combine that with the Trace Bitmap engine in Flash, and you won’t even have to select one single drawing tool!

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