Turn Backgrounds into Bitmaps in Flash
● Where does your main character live? Jungle? Desert? Beach?
● Find a background that would look good for that scene, and turn it into a bitmap!
✓ Image Size in Photoshop✓ Constrain Proportions✓ Alpha and Blur Filters✓ Movie Clips
Other People's Work:
Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open PhotoShop ~
✗ Where does your main character live? Jungle? Desert? Beach? Find a background you can use in your project and copy it.
Step #2: Open Your Project in Flash ~
✗ Open YOUR PROJECT in Flash …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✗ … make a New Layer, and lock your other layers.
Step #3: Drag Below your Other Layers ~
✗ Drag the New Layer to the bottom of the stack.
Step #4: Adjust the Picture in Flash if Necessary ~
✗ Get the Free Transform Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (Q) …
✗ … squeeze the image to fit …
✗ … inside the white area - or the "Stage."
Remember: Anything Outside the white "Stage" area can't be Seen!
Step #5: Trace Bitmap
✗ 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.
✗ Click on the background layer which selects everything on that layer …
✗ … hit F8 (or Right-Click and select: ) and make a Movie Clip.
Step #7: Filters ~
✗ With the background layer selected, open Properties (Window > Properties > Filters) and click "Add Filter" …
✗ … select a Blur and adjust the slider.
✗ Bluring the background makes the images in foreground stand out!
✗ YOU DON'T HAVE TO USE THESE EXACT SETTINGS!
✗ EXPERIMENT ON YOUR OWN!
✗ Adjust the slider until you get an blur that works for you …
Last Step: Save and View your work ~
✗ View your work by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Enter
✗ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.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.