|AdobeR CreativeR Suite CS3 has greatly improved the integration between its software, especially the import features for FlashR Professional CS3 which gives you more control over importing bitmap and vector layers into Flash. Before this new upgrade, you had to import your image first and then it took several steps to place elements of the image on layers, position elements on the stage and, if necessary, convert elements to movie clip symbols. But now, you can combine all these steps together as you import your image into Flash. This can be done within the improved Import dialog box. So, what does this mean to the artist? As you create your design in Photoshop or Illustrator, you can position the elements of your design just as you wish them to appear in your Flash movie, place them on individual layers and then import the entire design "layout" into Flash. So, let's take a look at the options you have when importing a Photoshop image which contains bitmap and vector layers. Our example image has the following layers.|
1. moon – bitmap layer with layer style applied
2. Hot Summer Night – vector text layer
3. Fence – vector shape layer with layer style applied
4. SkyBackground – bitmap layer without layer style
Bitmap Based Layer with Layer Style Applied
The first layer in our example has a drop shadow applied to the moon. We have two choices for how to import this type of image layer.
Vector Text Layer
When I added the text to this image in Photoshop, it automatically became vector based. For vector text, you have three options.
Vector Shape Layer with Layer Style Applied
In the Fence layer, I used the Custom Shape Tool in Photoshop to draw the vector shape of the fence and applied a drop shadow layer style.
Bitmap Based Layer without Applied Layer Style
This layer contains the background for the scene which is a simple bitmap based image without any layer style applied. We have two choices.