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From the book Flatten artwork with filters and effects

Flatten artwork with filters and effects

In Illustrator, Photoshop, and Fireworks, you can use layers to apply a large selection of filters and effects to artwork and text. Some examples include drop shadows, opacity masks, and blends. In Photoshop these are called Adjustment layers. By placing the effect or filter in a separate layer, you preserve the original artwork or text. Unfortunately, layered filters and effects don’t import correctly into Flash Catalyst. To preserve the appearance of the effect or filter, you’ll need to flatten those layers or convert them to bitmap (raster) images. Flattening combines all levels of a multilayered image into one image on a single layer. If your design includes text on a path, you’ll need to flatten it, or convert the text to outlines before importing to Flash Catalyst.

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