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You will eventually find yourself wanting to import imagery rather than created in Flash. And that's what I want to do now is I want to import a nice cloud image and that's going to go in the background. So the first thing I need to do is create a new layer. So in my Timeline panel, I'll click New Layer and I'll just call this clouds. Now I do want this to be in the background, so I'm going to just click and drag this layer to the bottom, and that it will appear behind everything else. Now with that layer selected, I can go ahead and go to File > Import and import it directly to the Stage.
Now before I select my file it happens to be this cloud's JPEG file which is already kind of a crunched down if you will. Notice that if I had just to open up this dropdown list, you can see all the various file types that you can import. And these are sort of the most popular audio, video, and imagery formats, and Flash can take them all. In this case, again it just happens to be JPEG. I'll click Open, and here's my graphic. Notice it is pretty long because eventually I will be animating it, kind of moving across sort of in the background, but for now all I'm going to do is just kind of nest it right there in the upper left-hand corner.
Now, once you start importing imagery, you'll notice that you might want to edit it as well and you'll probably want to edit it in Photoshop. So if I right-click on this file, notice how I can go ahead and edit it with Photoshop CS5. It automatically opens Photoshop and displays that graphic. Now what I can do is just sort of do a quick adjustment. I'm going to go to Image > Adjustments and just adjust the HDR Toning, which happens to be a Photoshop CS5 feature, and notice the default is already making it look really good.
And again, if I turn that on and off, you can kind of see what I'm getting. Or I can go down to Photorealistic high contrast, and that's looking pretty good as well. But so far, I like the default. I like the high contrast. Either one. I'll go with high contrast, click OK and save this file. But in general, you can make any edits you want to make, save your file, close it out, go back into Flash, and you can see it just added all that depth to this image. But again as you notice, you can import any file you want, put it where you want to, just be mindful of the layer that you're on, and also know that it'll appear in your Library panel.
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