Instead of drawing and recreating a bitmap file in Flash, you can use the trace bitmap command in Flash to recreate a bitmap image in vector format. This is useful if you want to animate certain parts of an image or change colors or outlines of parts of an image. You can also use this to get some cool looking effects. Let's get started! Import an image in Flash by opening a Flash document and clicking on File >, Import >, Import to Stage. Choose the image and click on ok. In the above example, you can see the trace is not very detailed but it makes for a cool effect. The color threshold is 100 and the minimum area is 100 pixels with the curve fit and corner threshold Normal. High values give less color detail. Notice that the different shades are not showing. Also the edges are slightly jagged as we have given normal curve fit and corner threshold. As we have reduced the color threshold and minimum area and put very tight curve fit and many corners for the corner threshold, you can see that there is more color and curve detail. No portion of these materials may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever, without the express written consent of Entheos. Any unauthorized use, sharing, reproduction or distribution of these materials by any means, electronic, mechanical, or otherwise is strictly prohibited. Source.