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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5

Importing an image


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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5

with Paul Trani

Video: Importing an image

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.

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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5
2h 45m Beginner Jul 27, 2010

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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5 shows how to make a fully functional, dynamic web site in Flash Professional CS5. This course covers the fundamentals of creating and importing content, adding smooth 2D and 3D transitions, and adding button functionality that goes beyond links. This course will also show how to integrate and control video and audio as well as how to implement a gallery and a contact form. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding web design
  • Creating buttons and web graphics in Photoshop
  • Formatting text with the Text Layout Framework
  • Using the Timeline
  • Creating a custom looping animation
  • Loading images in a gallery
  • Creating invisible buttons
  • Adding music and video to a site
  • Customizing video playback controls
  • Optimizing and publishing a web site
Subjects:
Web Interaction Design Projects
Software:
Flash Professional Illustrator
Author:
Paul Trani

Importing an image

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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Q: I followed all the steps and suggestions in the "Adding a progress bar" video, but when I add the progress bar to my web site, I can’t remove it once the index.swf file loads up. The progress bar remains on the homepage and the rest of the pages. How do I make it disappear once the site loads?
A: To make it disappear, just make sure the progress bar is only in frame 1. If it’s on its own layer, then right-click on the 2nd frame in that same layer and select "Insert Blank Keyframe." That will make it disappear.
Q: Despite following the steps in the "Adding a progress bar" video, I cannot figure out how to keep the progress bar from appearing on a movie that has finished loading. How can I make the progress bar disappear?
A: Just add the red line below to the preloader.fla file. This will make the progress bar invisible: 
"function contentLoaded(evt:Event):void { //Optionally change to a clip holder and set progressbar visibility. addChild(contentLoader); progressbar.visible = false; }"
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