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In Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding demonstrates how to create and publish fully interactive Flash (SWF) micro sites, widgets, portfolios, and applications from static Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks artwork—all without writing code. The course covers planning a project, importing and organizing assets, creating interactive components, defining repeating data lists, and publishing final projects. Exercise files are included with the course.
When you're working with Flash Catalyst, there may be times where in your design application, be it inside of Fireworks, Photoshop or Illustrator that you actually create all the elements needed for your design and those elements can be things like logos, artwork, text or even photographs. However, there may be plenty of times that you want to bring photographs directly into your layout here inside of Flash Catalyst. It's actually really easy to do so and it works just like placing content into things like InDesign for example. It's actually pretty straightforward and works just like placing content into applications like InDesign, Photoshop or Illustrator.
The first thing that I want to do though, is make sure that when I bring this artwork in, it goes to the right location in my layer stacking order. Remember that keeping the way that your artwork is structured at the forefront of your mind during working on Flash Catalyst will only serve to help you. In this example, we want to bring a photograph right here onto this panel. So in the Layers panel I reveal all the elements inside of the Panels folder and I'll actually select the Growing layer. I'd like the photograph to come right about over here. So I'll go to the File menu and I'll choose Import > Image.
I'll navigate to my Exercise_files folder and in Chapter 04 I have an image here called growing. This is actually a PNG or a ping file, but we can also place things like GIF or JPEG images. So I'll click on it to select it and I'll click on the Open button. This brings the image now directly into my Flash Catalyst project, however as you can see it's pretty large. Well I am going to use my Selection tool here to actually click on one of the corners here. I'll hold down the Shift key on my keyboard to constrain proportions and I'll simply resize the image.
I'll click and drag on that image to reposition it, and let me move down just a little bit here and resize it once again to fit entirely inside of the frame. As you can see many of the settings here are maintained inside of the Properties panel, and if I go up to the Library panel here, which we'll talk about more later on, I can scroll down here to see a list of images, and that growing.png image now appears in my Library. I actually find myself placing images into Flash Catalyst quite often.
That's because in my design phase I'll sometimes use placeholder, or FPO images - FPO standing for: For Position Only - but then as I'm building my actual project, I may swap out those placement images for the real thing.
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