When I find a workflow I like, I sometimes assume that everyone has already discovered that workflow, and I'm late to the party. One of the nice things about participating in user forums is that sometimes that helps me realize that a favorite workflow isn't known to everyone. This is great, because then I have something to blog about!
Today, I want to talk about what is probably one of my all-time best productivity tricks in Flash. In a few minutes, I can:
- Import a series of pngs, jpgs, or whatever into my Flash movie
- Choose for each image to be wrapped in a symbol or not
- Have the symbols and images nicely organized into folders in the library, without any extra effort!
Step 1: Browse the folder in BridgeFirst, I right-click on the folder of images and select "Browse in Adobe Bridge"
Step 2: Load the files into PhotoShop Layers
Step 3: Create a Symbol in Flash to Import into
Step 4: Import the PSDI usually use the keyboard shortcut to import to stage (Ctrl-R). The import dialogue gives me lots of options. For example, I can select all the images and choose to convert them to MovieClips.
Once the psd has imported, the timeline looks like this.
Step 5: Edit the Library Symbols
And that's it, my quick and easy workflow for importing a series of images to Flash.