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1. I have a pdf that has some text on it
2. I made a screen shot of it
3. I saved the image as a jpg
4. I brought it into flash
5. How do I now get this so that each letter is selectable in flash so that I can animate it.

If any of the first four steps are in error and there is a better way please also tell me.
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You need to put the BITMAP on the stage (not it's symbol) and select it, then goto Modify -> Bitmap -> Trace Bitmap then push ok - if the text looks really bad you need to take the original bitmap into Fireworks or Photoshop and cut the text out of the background using the "Magic Wand" tool.
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by:kamermans
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It would be much easier to find the font that was used then type the text in a static text box with that font in flash and do modify -> break apart
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by:jandhb
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yeah i have tried to trace it, but your right it looks bad. i even tried putting the color threshold to 1.

I have not tried selecting the text from the bg with the magic wand tool.
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Once I have the text selected in fireworks what should i do with it?
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by:kamermans
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goto Select -> Convert Marquee to Path

Then copy it and go to Flash and paste it and change the color to what ever you want.  then hit the right mouse on it and hit "Break Apart"
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i think i almost have it, but when i convert marquee to path and click copy it changes the color of the text
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that's ok - it converts it to something called "vector art"  when you paste it in Flash you can select it and change the fill color in the properties at the bottom
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by:jandhb
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ok. you have really helped me here. thanks.

what is the difference if i do what you have said OR simply use the marquee tool, select the item, and then copy that into flash...is there an advantage or disadvantage to that?
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by:kamermans
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if you copy the text without converting it to a path you are getting it in bitmap form (you cannot resize it and have it look good) but in path form it takes up almost no memory and you can scale it all day long.  For an example you can see what I did with the word "GRstar" at www.grstar.biz on the top banner

Steve
www.teratechnologies.net
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by:jandhb
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i follow what your saying.

so if i plan to resize the text then i really should convert to paths, right?

say the text i convert has 10 letters...how many symbols should i expect it to import into flash when i paste it?
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personnally I would use paths anyway.  if you paste it all at once you will probably have 2 symbols - both movieclips, one container and one other one (not sure).  On one of the clips the text will be a drawing/shape you need to break that apart into it's letters to animate them seperately.
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by:jandhb
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well...thanks for picking up this thread. you have been really helpful.

do you mind giving your msn messenger id or email that we could be in touch for related flash items?
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sure - email me: kamermans (at) teratechnologies.net right now before the moderators remove it and I'll send you my MSN addr
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