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Summary:   •   This tutorial is still under construction! Please forgive spelling errors, broken links and other formatting problems.

Trace Bitmap in Flash

    ●   Introduction to Bitmaps, Filters and Movie Clips.


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Movie ClipsFree Transform ToolTrace Bitmap

  •   This tutorial is part of the Aesop's Fables and In Your Face Projects.

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Step #1: Open your Project in Flash ~

Open your Project in Flash and make a New Layer …


Step #2: Find an image ~

Find an image you can use in your project: an Organelle, a Guitar, a Banana, a Monkey - anything that you can use in your Project - anything that has an alegorical connection to the theme of your project.

Copy that image, open Flash and paste it onto the stage.

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Step #3: Trace Bitmap the image ~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) and select the image

selection tool

Then go to: Modify > Bitmap > Trace Bitmap

TRY DIFFERENT STUFF!

Experiment with the settings until you get the best possible image.

For instance, if you lower the Color threshold number, you get more colors.

color threshold

Also, if you lower the Minimum area, the more realistic your image will be.

minimum area

Curve fit: Choosing Smooth or Very Smooth smoothes out the lines which decreases the file size.tight many corners

Corner threshold: This option determines whether sharp angles are sharp or smoothed.


Step #4: Delete ~

The great thing about Trace Bitmap is you can easily remove the areas you don't need by selecting them with the Selection Tool selection tool and hit Delete.

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Anything else, clean up with the Eraser Tool.

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Step #5: Turn the Object into a Symbol ~

Hit (F8) & convert the item to a MovieClip.

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Step #6: Drop Shadow Filter ~

Click on the item itself.

click text

Open Propertiesby using the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F3, open Filters, add a Drop Shadow

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Add any other filters you like.

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If you want to apply a rollover effect to the item, keep working on this tutorial …


Last Step: Save and View your work ~

View your work by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Enter cmd enter

Save your work as - LASTNAME-FIRSTNAME-PROJECTNAME.fla]

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•   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
LASTNAME-FIRSTNAME-PROJECTNAME


  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.