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8. Copy and paste from Illustrator CS3 to Flash.

We want to add one more element to our animation. This time we will copy and paste a symbol from Illustrator. Jump back to Illustrator for a moment and select the Symbols panel at the side of the window or from the Window menu.

We're going to use one of Illustrator's built-in Symbol Libraries. Open the pop-up menu from the top-right of the Symbols panel and choose Open Symbol Library > Retro. Notice all the other symbols that come with Illustrator. I'm usually the first one to turn his nose up at clip art, but there are some useful things here if you look hard enough. In this case, let's choose the groovy Mini Bus. Drag and drop a copy onto the artboard. If you like, you can scale it down; then select Edit > Copy.

Return to Flash CS3 and select Edit > Paste. In the Paste dialog (Figure 12), select Paste using AI File Importer preferences, and make sure that Maintain layers is selected (Figure 13). The layer name will depend on the name of the layer in Illustrator, but this will give us a new layer for our Mini Bus. To rename it, just double-click the layer name.

Figure 12

Figure 12 Copy from Illustrator and Paste into Flash, and you get some sweet new options.

Figure 13

Figure 13 The Illustrator's Importer preferences take effect with copy and paste, too.

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