Trace Bitmap in Flash
● Introduction to Bitmaps, Filters and Movie Clips.
✓ Movie Clips✓ Free Transform Tool✓ Trace Bitmap
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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.
Step #3: Trace Bitmap the image ~
✗ Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) and select the image
✗ 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.
✗ Also, if you lower the Minimum area, the more realistic your image will be.
✗ Curve fit: Choosing Smooth or Very Smooth smoothes out the lines which decreases the file size.
✗ 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 and hit Delete.
✗ Anything else, clean up with the Eraser Tool.
Step #5: Turn the Object into a Symbol ~
✗ Hit (F8) & convert the item to a MovieClip.
Step #6: Drop Shadow Filter ~
✗ Click on the item itself.
✗ Open Propertiesby using the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F3, open Filters, add a Drop Shadow
✗ Add any other filters you like.
✗ 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
✗ Save your work as - [ LASTNAME-FIRSTNAME-PROJECTNAME.fla]
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• 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.