1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 16, 2008 6:20 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Importing jpg for web

    chadsoundguy
      If I am using Flash to present several jpg photos, should I do anything to prepare the images before starting.
      Am I correct that by importing them into Flash, they automatically convert to symbols? Also, should I be converting them to something other than a symbol so that I can tween and/or zoom into each image without artifacting?
      I want preserve the best quality, so should I be concerned with file size of each image?
      Do I need to "pre-size" them somehow?


      Thanks!
        • 1. Re: Importing jpg for web
          Level 7
          chadsoundguy,

          > If I am using Flash to present several jpg photos, should
          > I do anything to prepare the images before starting.

          Generally speaking, it's best to resize your images to the "actual size"
          dimensions they'll be displayed in Flash. If your JPG is going to be
          displayed at, say, 320x240 in the SWF file, then make your JPG 320x240.
          (Sometimes people import HUGE images and use Flash to resize them smaller in
          the FLA file itself. While this can work fine visually, doing it like that
          carries with it huge file size for no good reason.)

          > Am I correct that by importing them into Flash, they
          > automatically convert to symbols?

          No. They import as images.

          > Also, should I be converting them to something other than
          > a symbol so that I can tween and/or zoom into each image
          > without artifacting?

          They don't tween unless they are symbols, so you'll have to convert your
          images to symbols by hand in order to zoom/scale them, rotate them, fade
          them, etc.

          > I want preserve the best quality, so should I be concerned
          > with file size of each image?

          You can set an overall JPEG compression for the whole movie (see the
          File > Publish Settings dialog) or individually for each image by
          right-clicking/Command-clicking each image in the Library and chosing
          Properties. I've seen cases in which individual compression was worth the
          extra effort.

          > Do I need to "pre-size" them somehow?

          Actual size is generally best.


          David Stiller
          Co-author, Foundation Flash CS3 for Designers
          http://tinyurl.com/2k29mj
          "Luck is the residue of good design."