Working with Fireworks files

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About imported Fireworks PNG files

You can import Adobe® Fireworks PNG files into Animate as flattened images or as editable objects. When you import a PNG file as a flattened image, the entire file (including any vector artwork) is rasterized, or converted to a bitmap image. When you import a PNG file as editable objects, vector artwork in the file is preserved in vector format. Choose to preserve placed bitmaps, text, filters (called effects in Fireworks), and guides in the PNG file when you import it as editable objects.

About imported filters and blends from Fireworks PNG files

When you import Fireworks® PNG files, you can retain many of the filters and blending modes applied to objects in Fireworks and continue to modify those filters and blends using Animate.

Animate only supports modifiable filters and blends for objects imported as text and movie clips. If an effect or blend mode is not supported, Animate rasterizes or ignores it when it is imported. To import a Fireworks PNG file that contains filters or blends that Animate does not support, rasterize the file during the import process. After this operation, you cannot edit the file.

Fireworks effects supported in Animate

Animate imports the following Fireworks effects as modifiable filters:

Fireworks effect

Animate filter

Drop shadow

Drop shadow

Solid shadow

Drop shadow

Inner shadow

Drop shadow (with Inner shadow automatically selected)

Blur

Blur (where blurX = blurY=1)

Blur more

Blur (where blurX = blurY=1)

Gaussian blur

Blur

Adjust color brightness

Adjust color

Adjust color contrast

Adjust color

Fireworks blend modes supported in Animate

Animate imports the following Fireworks blend modes as modifiable blends:

Fireworks blending mode

Animate blending mode

Normal

Normal

Darken

Darken

Multiply

Multiply

Lighten

Lighten

Screen

Screen

Overlay

Overlay

Hard light

Hard light

Additive

Add

Difference

Difference

Invert

Invert

Alpha

Alpha

Erase

Erase

Animate ignores all other blending modes imported from Fireworks. The blending modes that Animate does not support are Average, Negation, Exclusion, Soft Light, Subtractive, Fuzzy Light, Color Dodge, and Color Burn.

Importing text from Fireworks into Animate

When you import text from Fireworks into Flash Professional 8 or later, the text is imported with the default anti-alias setting of the current document.

If you import the PNG file as a flattened image, you can start Fireworks from Animate and edit the original PNG file (with vector data).

When you import multiple PNG files in a batch, you select import settings one time. Animateuses the same settings for all files in the batch.

Note:

To edit bitmap images in Animate, convert the bitmap images to vector artwork or break apart the bitmap images.

  1. Select File > Import > Import To Stage or Import To Library.
  2. Select PNG Image from the Files Of Type (Windows) or Show (Macintosh) pop-up menu.
  3. Navigate to a Fireworks PNG image and select it.
  4. Click Open.
  5. Select one of the following for Location:

    Import All Page(s) into New Scene(s)

    Imports all pages in the PNG file as scenes within a movie clip, with all of their frames and layers intact inside the movie clip symbol. A new layer is created that uses the name of the Fireworks PNG file name. The first frame (page) of the PNG document is placed on a keyframe that starts at the last keyframe; all other frames (pages) follow.

    Import One Page into Current Layer

    Imports the selected page (identified in the Page Name pop-up menu) of the PNG file into the current Animate document in a single new layer as a movie clip. The contents of the selected page are imported as a movie clip, with all of their original layer and frame structure intact. If the page movie clip has frames inside it, each frame is a movie clip in itself.

    Page Name

    Specifies the Fireworks page you want to import into the current scene.

  6. Select one of the following for File Structure:

    Import As Movie Clip And Retain Layers

    Imports the PNG file as a movie clip, with all of its frames and layers intact inside the movie clip symbol.

    Import Page(s) as New Layer(s)

    Imports the PNG file into the current Animate document in a single new layer at the top of the stacking order. The Fireworks layers are flattened into the single layer. The Fireworks frames are contained in the new layer.

  7. For Objects, select one of the following:

    Rasterize If Necessary To Maintain Appearance

    Preserves Fireworks fills, strokes, and effects in Animate.

    Keep All Paths Editable

    Keeps all objects as editable vector paths. Some Fireworks fills, strokes, and effects are lost on import.

  8. For Text, select one of the following:

    Rasterize If Necessary To Maintain Appearance

    Preserves Fireworks fills, strokes, and effects in text imported into Animate.

    Keep All Paths Editable

    Keeps all text editable. Some Fireworks fills, strokes, and effects are lost on import.

  9. To flatten the PNG file into a single bitmap image, select Import As A Single Flattened Bitmap. When this option is selected, all other options are dimmed.
  10. Click OK.
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