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    Hi, I am about to create a Flash only homepage for a website and one of the things I did initially was to create a mock-up of the homepage in Adobe Photoshop. The primary background of the homepage is black, but the buttons have a different colored pattern that changes when clicked. Also, I have photos that will fade in and fade out.

    I understand that I will need to edit the photos in Photoshop and make them smaller and high quality enough for Flash. But if I am dealing with GIFs, and JPEGs instead of PICTs and Bitmaps, what settings should I save them in with the Web Compression option? (I have Photoshop Elements 2 with Web Compress)

    Solid lines, the background color, and text can be created within Flash to keep the size of the movie down, right? What about buttons? Should I design navigational buttons in Photoshop and then import them into Flash like regular images? Or should I just completely rely on Flash's drawing program to create the buttons and save space? The idea for the buttons is to create a 1pixel by 1pixel checkered pattern, something that is very common and stylish for blog websites. When you rollover the button the color changes.

    Thanks! I have Flash 5.


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    Senior Member Trico's Avatar
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    Feb 2004
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    Perhaps you can upload an image of your mock-up for us to see?

    As for compression there's no single correct value that you can pick. It's all trial and error; you should try and get a good balance between the final image quality and the file size. I've never used Elements before, but if it's anything like Adobe's standard 'save for web' then near 60% works well for me.

    If you designed the buttons in Flash you can in effect use one as a template by making it a symbol thus allowing you to reuse instances rather than a new one each time.

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