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Flash CS5 has brought an improved workflow to working with bitmap images with Photoshop CS5. On the stage here, I have a bitmap image. Now, let's say I want to take that image and make this bird into a crow, so I want to take the blue and turn it black. Since it's a bitmap image, doing that through Photoshop would be the best bet. In the previous versions of Flash, I'd have to export this image as a bitmap image and then bring it into Photoshop, make the changes, save the file and then re-import it into Flash.
In Flash CS5, all I have to do is right -click the bitmap image in the Library and choose Edit with Adobe Photoshop CS5. The image then opens in Photoshop. Now, I'm going to use the Eyedropper tool to select the blue color of the bird and set that as my foreground color. Then I'm going to go to Image > Adjustments > Replace Color and I'll click and drag the Lightness slider all the way to the left to set the bird to black. So now it's a crow. So I'll click OK, and before I save it, I want to point out something really important.
Images that you edit in this way will edit the original image file. So I'm not just adjusting the library item in Flash. Photoshop is actually opening up the original image file and I am editing that. So keep that in mind that this is a permanent change. So let me go to File > Save. Then I can close this file in Photoshop and return to Flash, and the image is updated in the library and on the stage. Now, if I go to Finder and I find that image, you will see that it's updated as a black bird.
So now I have a crow. Now, I'll go back to Flash. So using this new feature in Flash CS5, you can easily edit bitmap images in Photoshop, directly from the library.
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