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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 say you imported a bitmap image into Flash and then you made a change to that image outside of Flash and you wanted that update reflected in Flash. Let's take a look at how that works. In the Library, I have this file called flower.jpg and we see the flower on the Stage. If I go over to Photoshop, and let's say I made this image black and white. So I can go to Image > Adjustments > Black & White. I'm just going to use the default settings. Then I'll save the file.
Note that I'm saving over the original file. So, if you're going to do this, just make sure you save a copy of the original somewhere else. So I'll save the file. I'm not worried about the settings for this example, so I'm just going to click OK to accept the default settings. Then I'll tab back over to Flash. So the original file has been updated, but Flash is still showing the color version. To update the file, I'm going to right -click flower.jpg in the Library, and then select Update. Here, there is a list of my Library items.
I can select which ones I want to update. Since I only have one and the box is checked, all I need to do is click Update to update the file. You can see that the flower on the Stage is updated. If I click the Close button, then the flower in the Library is updated as well. So using this Update option, you can edit images outside of Flash and provided they're in the same location that they were when you imported them into Flash, you can update the changes quickly and easily by right-clicking and choosing Update.
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