by Darrell Wilson
Flash is widely known as a hybrid animation and website interactive development tool. This specific program allows you to create vector images, which are algorithmic created lines and strokes you make on a screen. Since they are manipulated with a mathematical algorithm, they do not lose quality when you resize a particular image, unlike Photoshop which manipulates raster images.
Raster images lose quality and pixelate if you upscale its original size, however raster images can produce more realism in a picture than a vector image. Also, vector images can convert into raster images in Photoshop, but not vice-versa. This post will show you how to convert a raster image into a vector image by using the Trace Bitmap tool in Flash.
First, you will want to find what type of raster image you want to convert. A simple picture from your camera or one from the internet will be great. Import to Flash by dragging it, or properly importing it to the stage.
Next, open up Flash and modify your canvas size in the properties section to the size of your picture. Check to see if your picture is a bitmap as well.
Thirdly, convert it into a symbol by right clicking it once and scroll to the bottom. You should see a blue pixel highlight border around your picture after the conversion.
Finally, after re-clicking on your picture, on the menu at the top, click Modify >Bitmap > Trace Bitmap.
The result will leave you with a rather nice image that you can resize anytime you want!