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Subject: Re: jpg, bmp to vector image converter?
From: John Croteau
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 04:09:38 +0100

Hi David and all,

> I guess Im still a little confused.
What else is new :)

> When I create an image in Flash using the gradient tool it exports .swf as
> vector and is extremely small.
Flash has a very very efficient gradient system. It takes only 15 bytes
more than a flat fill to create a gradient fill in Flash.
This is very good but remember it takes processing speed to reconstruct
that gradient in the browser, so animations that have objects with
gradients will take longer to animate though not neccessarily
noticeable. This will show up more on complex animations and computers
with slower processors.

> If I export the same image as a jpg. Re-import it as jpg its much larger as
> .swf. on export.
Of course it is jpeg is not anywhere near at good at compressing images
created with gradients as Flash is.

> My question was really, if I create a fairly simply image in Photoshop and
> want to import it into Flash as vector format. Is there anything that with
> convert it into Flash's vector format as if the image were created in Flash
> authoring enviroment itself?
A BIG NO!!!!! (But see below)

> Say I paint a simple shape(box) in PS that has shadows, etc. Is there
> anyway I can convert
> that into Flash3 where Flash will read it using the same proceedure as if
> you were to use the gradient tool?
Not with Flash's efficiency. (See below)

> hmmm, how do I put this?, I create a cube in Flash3 creating different
> shadows with the gradient tool.
> I create same cube, but this time using Photoshop, using airbrush for
> shadows and export as jpg or bmp.
> Now, is there a vector convertor proggy that will take that jpg or bmp that
> can be imported into Flash3 editor
> and Flash export that vector format the way it would read it if you created
> it in Flash3 itself?
Not efficiently but see below (One suggestion).

> Im trying to convert a jpg or bmp of the cube, import it into Flash as
> vector format and it keep the same file
> size of the .swf on export as it would if I created it in Flash3 editor
> itself using the gradient tool for shadowing.
No, the gradient efficiency only exports in Flash's own .swf otherwise
you are using the other format's formula for expressing the gradient.

One suggestion is that if you are going to import an image that is to
have a gradient applied to it, only import the outlines into Flash and
apply the gradients in the Flash editor. This applies to bitmap programs
such as Photoshop where you will convert the outline image to vectors or
even another vector progrm such as Illustrator. This way you can use
advanced drawing tools of other programs combined with the efficiency of
Flash gradient (or non-gradient) fills.

If you are going to use an image in Flash as a vector use the following
programs to create the image with the best choices at the Top:

Freehand 8
Other vector programs such as Illustrator
Bitmap programs such as Photoshop with conversion done by Steamline
(or another program with bitmap to vector conversion) or in Flash

Please note Photoshop and other bitmap editors are the worse choice.

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