Edit Flash CS5 Bitmaps in Adobe Photoshop CS5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

You can jump directly into Adobe Photoshop CS5 to edit any bitmap on the stage or in the library. Conveniently, changes you perform and save automatically update the bitmap back in your Flash CS5 project.

To edit a bitmap in Adobe Photoshop CS5, follow these steps:

  1. Select a bitmap image either on the stage or in the Library panel.

    Note: The image must be an original bitmap asset, not a symbol containing a bitmap.

  2. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) to open the bitmap’s contextual menu, shown on the left in the figure.

  3. Choose the Edit with Adobe Photoshop CS5 menu option.

    The bitmap opens in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

  4. Make any changes you want to your file, such as cropping, color correcting, or resizing.

  5. Choose File→Save to save the changes to your file.

    Many file options, such as Save As or Save for web create, copies of the original file and therefore don’t update the source file in your Flash project.


  6. Return to Flash CS5.

    Your original file is updated in the library and on the stage.


Editing an imported bitmap may change the original source from which it was imported, especially if the original file is in the same file path location as it was when it was imported into Flash. If Flash can’t locate the original source file, it generates a temporary file and only the library copy is updated.