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Importing EPS for distortion in flash

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I am trying to import an adobe illustrator eps into flash to be distorted and i get an error message every time. Am i doing something wrong?
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by:BobFett
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Hi Pamela,

When you save the illustrator document, save it in the earliest 'version' you can.  If you have Illustrator 9, you can export your artwork as an SWF (flash's native file format) and then import this in to Flash instead.  If you are still having trouble, email me the file to 'eyebrowbobAThotmailDOTcom' and I'll convert it and send it back.

Bob
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by:pamelagillie
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Bob,

I've done everything you've said and imported the artwork as a .swf file exported from illustrator 9. I still can't DISTORT (under the modify>transform menu) the image though because it comes in as a graphic. Any other suggestions?
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by:BobFett
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Hi,

I take it you are not getting the error message now?

Ok - the shape has to be 'raw' to be able to use the DISTORT feature in flash - the chances are that the import is 'grouping' the shape/s you are importing.  Either right click on the shape (I think this may be click and hold on a mac?) and select 'Edit Selected' or 'Break Apart' (CTRL B on a PC, possibly mac button B on a mac?).  Edit Selected takes you in to the group, Break Apart it similar to 'Ungroup' in illustrator.  Not - the shape may be in nested grouping so you may need to do the 'edit selected' or 'break shape' solutions a few times before you actually get your hands on raw editable shape material and use the distort.

Let me know!

Bob
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by:BobFett
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Hi,

Did you have any luck with this?

Bob
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by:pamelagillie
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I successfully distorted the raw shape, but now when I apply the "tween", all of the small shapes that make up my door are "tweening" individually and created a big mess. I have been trying to use shape hints, but to no avail. Do I need to just simplify my shape?
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by:BobFett
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Hi Pam,

Shape tweens do tween the individual components of the shape your are tweening - its not the best nor most predictable method of animating to be honest.  As I'm not sure what shape your tweening TO, difficult to say what to do - if you want to send me this FLA, I'll have a look.

Cheers

Bob
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by:BobFett
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Hi Pam,

Ok - I see what your trying to do in your FLA - simply have the door close.  The problem is that the shape is a bitmap, not a flash shape.  I've inserted an almost identical red block at the beginning and end of your animation and this gives the desired effect but loses the definition of the door.  You could get away with this if the animation was quicker (and I'd suggest you do speed the framerate up as this is a long animated sequence).  To speed up the framerate you need to go in to MODIFY > DOCUMENT (might be MODIFY > MOVIE on some versions of Flash) and then try a different frame rate - I generally work on 24fps).

In conclusion, as soon as you add a level of complexity to the shape you are trying to tween, you are going to get the distortion.

You could do the animation frame by frame - as it is flat colour it shouldn't bump up the filesize too much - if so, I would suggest making the animation short though.

Regards

Bob
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by:pamelagillie
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Thanks, Bob. I do need to have the details of the door in this animation. So I guess what you're saying is that the only way to do this is to do it frame by frame?
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Hi,

I'm afraid so - frame by frame is the best way.  If you do the distortion in Illustrator then import it frame by frame, you'll get exactly what you want with only a negligble difference in the number of bytes used (and therefore time to download).  Tweening is great when it works but its only a 'helper' (shape tweening is certainley a dark art - motion tweening is more of a science).

Bob
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by:BobFett
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Hi Pam,

Did you get this sorted with what I sent you?

Bob
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by:BobFett
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Thanks for this Pam

Hope your project is going well.

Bob
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