Photoshop files must be rasterized. When exporting a SWF make sure you check rasterize unsupported effects. The file is going to be a lot bigger than it would be if you created it in Flash. AE is a lousy SWF creator for almost every design.
> AE is a lousy SWF creator for almost every design.
That's an understatement. Don't export SWF files from After Effects.
If you need something that will play in Flash Player, export an F4V or FLV file.
I'm new to After Effects but was excited about the possibilities it holds. However, my main purpose is to animate 2D bitmap images (watercolors) using the puppet tool for viewing in Flash (swf) on the web. (They will be image-heavy final products. See demos here: http://home.comcast.net/~samiri/director/mortals/index2.htm . No puppet-tool animation used in these yet, tho.)
...So it's a bit disconcerting to read that
"AE is a lousy SWF creator..."
I have a couple questions about this:
Isn't AE a much better tool for bitmap, puppet tool animation than Flash? (IOW: Do you think more developers use AE than Flash for this type of animation?)
Would you not recommend I use AE for my goal? (If so, what other tool would be better suited to do this type of web-viewable animation?)
If AE is still a good choice, do you have recommendations for my workflow? (ie; Should I export from AE as FLV then import into Flash to make my SWF?)
Thanks. This forum is a great help to us newbies.
Don't create SWF files from After Effects. Create movie files (F4V, MP4, etc.) and embed or link those in a SWF using Flash Professional.