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Flash® Catalyst™ CS5 Bible by Rob Huddleston

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Chapter 20. Importing the Design into Catalyst

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Importing an Illustrator design into Catalyst

  • Organizing artwork

  • Resizing and moving artwork

  • Converting objects to optimized art

Once your design comp is complete in Illustrator, you will be able to import it into Catalyst and begin the process of converting it to an application. This chapter shows you how to perform this import step by step. Make sure that your layers are properly organized, and convert objects into optimized graphics to reduce the final project's file size.

Creating a Catalyst Project from a Design Comp

To begin the process of bringing a comp over from Illustrator, you need to create a new Catalyst project from your design comp. This is a fairly straightforward process, although it might be slow depending on the size and complexity of the design and your computer's resources.

  1. Open Flash Catalyst. On Windows, this will likely be in Start

    Creating a Catalyst Project from a Design Comp
  2. From the Start Screen (see Figure 20.1), click From Adobe Illustrator .AI File under the Create New Project from Design File heading.

  3. Navigate to the folder that contains the AI file you wish to import.

  4. Click the file.

    The Catalyst Start Screen, showing the Create New Project from Design File options

    Figure 20.1. The Catalyst Start Screen, showing the Create New Project from Design File options

  5. Click Open. Catalyst displays the Importing Adobe Illustrator File dialog ...

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