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Just as there are multiple ways to get Photoshop artwork into Flash, there are multiple ways to get Illustrator artwork into Flash. In this movie, we'll look at getting Illustrator artwork into Flash and Flash artwork into Illustrator. One method is to simply copy and paste artwork from Illustrator to Flash. I'm going to tab over to Illustrator and I'll select some artwork on the Stage in my open Illustrator file. I'm going to press the Copy command then tab back over to Flash and paste the artwork.
From here, I can choose to paste as a bitmap or paste using AI File Importer preferences. Then I can choose Apply recommended settings to resolve the incompatibilities and I can choose to maintain layers. I'm just going to check the Apply recommended import settings box and I'll click OK. And there we have it. I have vector art copied and pasted from Illustrator. Now let's say I wanted to get this piece of artwork back into Illustrator. To do that, I can export this as a new file format called FXG.
It is an XML-based image file format. So, it is compatible with other Adobe applications. Let's take a look at how it works. Go to File > Export > Export Selection. I'll choose Adobe FXG and I'll save this file as Illustrator.fxg in the Chapter 20 folder and I'll click Save. Tab back over to Illustrator, go to a blank document, and I'll do File > Open and in the Chapter 20 folder I'll pick that FXG file.
There is my artwork with all the paths still editable. So I'll close these open files and head back over to Flash. You can actually import whole Illustrator files, just like you can with PSD files. Remember you can go to Flash Preferences and set the AI Importer settings. So I can choose to import artwork as editable or bitmaps or vector outlines, whatever I want. I'm going to leave the default settings. Note that I'm choosing editable text for the importing text option. I'll click OK.
I'll press the Command+R or Ctrl+R command and open up logo_final.ai. Here I can choose different groups and paths to import, just like I can with a PSD file. I can even choose to import certain parts as a bitmap or to create movie clips. I'm just going to leave my default settings and I'm going to click OK. So, here is my imported artwork. You'll notice that if I select the Explore text that it comes in as TLF Text, so it's still editable.
So I can change this to see California or something. I'll change it back to Explore California. So by integrating with Illustrator, you can use the application of your choice to create artwork and you can add the animation and interactivity through Flash.
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