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In Flash Professional CS5 Essential Training, author Todd Perkins explains the fundamentals of Flash Professional CS5, the industry standard for creating animations and interactive applications for the web, desktop, and mobile devices. This course starts with the basics, such as using the drawing tools to create simple animations, and progresses to automating animation with tweens and adding interactivity with ActionScript. This course also covers how to add sound and video to projects, enhance realism with effects like easing, and publish a project to a variety of platforms. Exercise files are included.
Let's look at how to export images from Flash. So I'll look at this artwork that I created in Flash and export it as a PNG file. To do that, go to File > Publish Settings. In the Publish Settings window you can check the image formats of your choice. So for now I'll just choose GIF, JPEG, and PNG and then we will go through each one and talk about it. So for GIF settings, I can actually export an animated GIF. So I can choose whether I want static or animated, to loop continuously or to repeat a certain number of times, etcetera.
I can also choose to optimize the colors or set the transparency and the palette. For JPEG settings, everything is a little bit more simple. I can choose the dimensions that I'm going to export the image at, the quality of the JPEG, and whether or not to use Progressive mode. For now I'm really interested in exporting a PNG file. So I can control my settings here. So I can set the dimensions, I can choose whether to use 8-bit or 24-bit, or have an alpha channel. That's a transparency in the background. Then I can choose how to optimize my artwork, max colors, and some options to apply filters.
I am just going to click OK. Another way to export a PNG file is to just go to File > Export > Export Image. That exports the whole amount of artwork on the Stage. So from here, I can go to my desktop and find the folder for this chapter and choose PNG image for my format. So I'll click Save and then I can choose different dimensions for the app in here. So I have my Export PNG dialog. So I'll choose my dimensions and I can choose whether to include full document size or the minimum image area.
So that way if you have less artwork on the Stage and you just want to export just the artwork and not the entire Stage, you can choose that. But for me I want the full document size for this, because I want it to be exactly 320x480 pixels. Then you can see that you can adjust the same settings that you saw through the Publish Settings window. So I'll click OK and Flash will create the PNG file and you can see that if I go over to Finder. So go over there and you will see Export _Image.png and I can press the Spacebar on my computer to get a preview of that file. So to export an image from Flash, you can do it through Publish Settings and then publish the file, or you can go to File > Export > Export Image.
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