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Understanding the SWF file format and its settings


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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

with Mordy Golding

Video: Understanding the SWF file format and its settings

A wonderful benefit to using Illustrator for web graphics is that you have the ability to export your artwork both in raster-based formats, things like GIF, JPEG and PNG, for example, but also as vector-based web graphics, things like SWF or SVG. Now, later on in this training title, we're actually going to dedicate an entire chapter to creating SWF files or Flash files directly out of Illustrator. However, I like to take your few moments to show you how you can actually get a quick SWF right out of Illustrator using the Save for Web & Devices feature.
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  1. 6m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design
      2m 54s
    3. Illustrator and the web design workflow
      2m 7s
    4. Using the exercise files
      22s
  2. 40m 9s
    1. Pixel dimension vs. resolution
      4m 14s
    2. Pixel Preview mode and anti-aliasing
      5m 39s
    3. Taking charge of anti-aliasing
      5m 27s
    4. Choosing the right color management settings
      7m 25s
    5. Setting up important preferences
      6m 22s
    6. Setting up a workspace optimized for web design
      11m 2s
  3. 54m 5s
    1. Using the Web document profile
      3m 39s
    2. Creating custom document profiles
      9m 38s
    3. Using Illustrator's free web templates
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a sitemap or wireframe
      2m 50s
    5. Setting up an entire web site
      9m 33s
    6. Setting up a grid
      10m 37s
    7. Setting up an online ad campaign
      8m 13s
    8. Setting up icons for iOS
      2m 24s
    9. Setting up mobile content with Adobe Device Central
      4m 38s
  4. 32m 22s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors
      11m 50s
    2. Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors
      4m 53s
    3. Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors
      4m 54s
    4. Getting color inspiration from Adobe Kuler
      6m 48s
    5. Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site
      3m 57s
  5. 56m 54s
    1. Using the Save for Web & Devices feature
      6m 44s
    2. Understanding the GIF file format and its settings
      10m 20s
    3. Understanding the JPEG file format and its settings
      7m 39s
    4. Understanding the PNG file format and its settings
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding the WBMP file format and its settings
      1m 18s
    6. Understanding the SWF file format and its settings
      4m 13s
    7. Understanding the SVG file format and its settings
      3m 41s
    8. Adjusting the dimensions of a graphic
      4m 46s
    9. Optimizing files to a specific file size
      4m 5s
    10. Modifying Save for Web & Devices output settings
      6m 51s
    11. Previewing content in Adobe Device Central
      3m 56s
  6. 56m 6s
    1. Setting point type in Illustrator
      4m 11s
    2. Setting area type in Illustrator
      5m 20s
    3. Formatting text quickly with paragraph styles
      14m 39s
    4. Overriding formatting with character styles
      3m 2s
    5. Controlling text anti-aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      11m 14s
    7. Adding cool reflections to text and graphics
      8m 26s
    8. Applying settings quickly with Graphic Styles
      4m 24s
  7. 35m 56s
    1. Understanding the concept of slicing
      3m 22s
    2. Creating slices manually
      4m 26s
    3. Creating slices from guides
      2m 45s
    4. Creating slices from objects
      7m 33s
    5. Understanding the different slice types
      4m 20s
    6. Applying settings to slices
      9m 20s
    7. Creating hotspots with image maps
      4m 10s
  8. 23m 35s
    1. Exporting static SWF files from Illustrator
      3m 35s
    2. Animated SWF: Converting Illustrator layers to SWF frames
      4m 3s
    3. Animated SWF: Using blends to define motion
      8m 35s
    4. Animated SWF: Adding static artwork to an animation
      3m 24s
    5. Animated SWF: Controlling time within an animation
      3m 58s
  9. 17m 13s
    1. Preserving slices and structure with PSD export
      6m 10s
    2. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      4m 35s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop
      2m 52s
    4. Generating an animated GIF file with Photoshop
      3m 36s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver
      3m 31s
    2. Exporting CSS and DIVs from an Illustrator layout
      3m 57s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks
      6m 25s
    2. Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks
      3m 48s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks
      2m 24s
  12. 16m 7s
    1. Building files for use in Flash Catalyst
      4m 28s
    2. Creating a new Flash Catalyst project from an Illustrator file
      3m 40s
    3. Copying and pasting artwork between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      2m 4s
    4. Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      3m 36s
    5. Creating Flex skins for use in Flash Builder
      2m 19s
  13. 19m 48s
    1. Understanding symbols: The lifeblood of Flash
      4m 58s
    2. Symbols: Understanding 9-slice scaling
      4m 18s
    3. Setting text that will be used in Flash Professional
      3m 5s
    4. Moving artwork between Illustrator and Flash Professional
      7m 27s
  14. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design
6h 20m Intermediate Sep 24, 2010

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In Illustrator CS5 Web and Interactive Design, Mordy Golding shows how to create pixel-perfect graphics for use in web sites, video compositions, and mobile apps. This course covers a wide range of workflows, from creating online ad campaigns, web sites, icons, to taking art from Illustrator to Flash Professional. Sharing tips, tricks, and creative techniques along the way, Mordy provides insight and instruction for taking projects from initial concept straight through to production. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting perfectly sized pixel graphics from Illustrator
  • Setting up preferences in Illustrator for web design
  • Creating custom document profiles
  • Getting great color on the web
  • Understanding web graphic file formats (GIF, JPG, PNG, SWF, and SVG)
  • Setting great-looking type
  • Slicing artwork for various tasks
  • Creating Flash animations directly from Illustrator
  • Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
  • Exporting HTML and CSS from Illustrator
  • Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Interaction Design Prototyping Web Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Understanding the SWF file format and its settings

A wonderful benefit to using Illustrator for web graphics is that you have the ability to export your artwork both in raster-based formats, things like GIF, JPEG and PNG, for example, but also as vector-based web graphics, things like SWF or SVG. Now, later on in this training title, we're actually going to dedicate an entire chapter to creating SWF files or Flash files directly out of Illustrator. However, I like to take your few moments to show you how you can actually get a quick SWF right out of Illustrator using the Save for Web & Devices feature.

I'm going to go here to the File menu and choose Save for Web & Devices. And I'm going to use my Slice Select tool here just click on this Explore California logo. Maybe I want to export this as a SWF file, so that people can zoom in on it. In reality, we may see later on that we can actually create some animation here. But with this slice selected, I'll come over here to the pop-up menu and choose the SWF file format. Now, the first thing to know is that there are several different versions of the Flash Player out there. Illustrator, right over here, supports up to Flash Player 9, even though Flash Player 10 and even Flash Player 10. 1 are out, but this ensures backwards compatibility with older computers.

According to Adobe's web site, 99% of Internet capable computers have support for the Flash Player 9. Now, here's an interesting pop-up. I have some options here. One of them is called AI File to SWF File. The other one is called Layers to SWF Frames. We're going to see later on that this gives me the ability to export my artwork as a static SWF file, or if I choose to convert my layers to SWF frames, I can actually generate an animation out of Illustrator. For now, I've really don't have any layer set up for any kind of animation so I can just choose to export this as a single static file.

I can choose a Curve Quality and if I did have some kind of animation here, I'd also be able to choose a Frame Rate. There are some other options here on the right side, including the ability to compress my file. This makes it smaller. To protect my file, so that other people can open up that SWF file and say, for example, Flash Professional. I can convert my text as outlines. This way I don't have to worry about who has a font. And if I am working with animation, I can choose whether or not that animation plays over and over again by looping that animation. However, an important setting over here is also on the bottom where it says Preserve.

You know, Illustrator supports a variety of different blend modes and transparency effects, and in addition you can use the Appearance panel to add multiple fills and strokes. Now, not all those things can translate perfectly to something that can be displayed inside of the Flash Player. Now, by default, Illustrator actually preserves editability. That means it tries to preserve things like paths and drop shadows as effects, and that way those play back natively inside of the Flash Player. However, you may notice that sometimes the actual appearance of your artwork will change, because the Flash Player doesn't support these exact constructs or types of effects that you've applied inside of Illustrator.

In those cases you'll want to choose to preserve the appearance of your artwork, in which case Illustrator will flatten or rasterize certain parts of your files as necessary, to ensure that your artwork displays correctly inside of the Flash Player. Now in reality, this is just one way to export a SWF out of Illustrator. If I click Cancel here to go back to my document, I'll see that if I go to the File menu I can choose Export, and then from here where it says Format I can choose to export my file in the Flash or SWF format.

When I click on the Export button here, I'm going to get a dialog box called SWF Options, which has a variety of other settings. In fact, so many more settings then we saw inside of the Save for Web dialog box, so much so that there's even an Advanced button which brings you to an entirely different panel. So there are two panels full of settings that we'll see that will allow us to export SWF files out of Illustrator. And as I said before, we'll have an entire chapter inside of this video training title that will be dedicated specifically to going through all these settings and exporting really cool SWF animations directly out of Illustrator.

But for now, you know that you can quickly get some SWF files out of Illustrator directly by using the Save for Web & Devices feature.

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Q: In the chapter 5 movie, "Simulating the CSS box model," the author details the CSS box, but names the inner portion the margin and the outer portion the padding. This is reversed from what I’ve have seen elsewhere. Is this an error in the video?
A: This video does indeed contain an error where the author describes the margin and padding. The padding should be described as the area inside the border, and the margin the area outside the border.
 
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