please see - I would like to use the image pic.jpg as the background for the flash animation. Please list the steps to do this. Ask me for any clarification needed. thank you in advance for your time and efforts.

Make a layer and insert the image there.

Lock the layer while you're working on other layes on top..

Also make sure this layer lies at the bottom of all layer.

One thing to point out is to get the best effect make sure that you don't stretch or distort the background image in flash... do it in photoshop or something similar. Make it the same size as the flash file you are using it with.

You could also do that dynamically:

_root.createEmptyMovieClip("picture", 1);

You can now set alpha, width, height as per your requirement. This is good because could just update images and there is no need to import it everytime after updating. Also it is good if you want random background. But yeah, consider roryt last post. That's really important.