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Mordy Golding demonstrates how to be more productive, efficient, and creative by taking advantage of Adobe Illustrator to create pixel-perfect web graphics and interactive Flash content. Illustrator CS4 for the Web investigates the pros and cons of pixel- and vector-based web graphics, demonstrates efficient workflows, and explores the creative options available in Illustrator. Mordy also covers design techniques, such as creating typography that works well on screen, adding reflections, and making Flash animations. He discusses new Illustrator CS4 features, including using multiple artboards, bringing art into Dreamweaver, and utilizing Flash Catalyst. Exercise files accompany the course.
When you are working on creating Flash content with Illustrator, there may be times when you quickly want to bring some piece of artwork from Illustrator into Flash. There are several reasons for this. First of all, you might have a whole composition already setup inside of Flash, and you want to be able to tweak a few elements. Well, you may find the tools available inside of Illustrator to be far more intuitive from a drawing perspective than that found inside of Flash. Alternatively, you may be working with a developer and he may be asking for a certain type of graphic or element, rather than struggling to try to figure out how to draw those elements inside of Flash for them, you can just create them inside of Illustrator and have them work with it from there. In those cases, to bring individual elements from Illustrator into Flash, the easiest way to do that is simply to copy and paste it from Illustrator into Flash.
Let's take a look. I will go ahead and I will click on this particular symbol right here called Groundswell. By looking in the Symbols panel here, I see that the name of that symbol is Groundswell_ Logo. Take a look. Also, it's a Movie Click and see where the Flash Registration is. I will click Cancel, and you will also see that over here the Instance Name is set to logo_01. Keeping that in mind, let's now bring this into Flash. I will simply choose Edit > Copy, I will switch over to the Flash application, and let's create now a new ActionScript 3 file. Now, I will simply choose Edit and then I will choose Paste in Center.
The Paste dialog box comes up and the option, Paste using AI File Importer preferences is available. I will simply click OK and my artwork appears right on my screen. But take a look at this. If you look at the Properties panel, you will see that my movie is already set to Movie Clip. The name of the symbol is preserved, Groundswell_Logo, and the Instance Name, logo_01, appears here as well. So everything that I have defined inside of Illustrator comes right here inside of Flash. In fact, let's take a look at the library here. I will go up to the Library tab. I will see that right over here inside of this particular folder called Illustrator Symbols, I now see that that symbol has come right into my Library as well. So in most cases a simple copy and paste from Illustrator to Flash does just the right job.
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