FLASH ANIMATION TUTORIAL PDF
FutureSplash(later to become Flash) was a simple vector-animation pro- the primary tool you use to construct and manipulate animations in Flash MX The extension supports most of the core animation and illustration . tutorial. Adobe Flash Professional CS5 components are building blocks for creating EPS, or PDF file, Flash preserves the same attributes as for pasted Illustrator artwork. Flash is Macromedia's powerful vector-based animation tool. Flash is the In this tutorial we take a two-pronged approach to learning Flash. First we look at.
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In this tutorial, you will be guided through a step-by-step process on how to create your very Adobe Flash CS5 and understand the basics of Flash animation. Adobe Flash Professional CS5 is an authoring tool that you can use to create simple animations, video content, complex user interfaces, applications, and .. This tutorial guides you through the process of creating a basic FLA document. Lesson 2: Animation Basics. Learn the basic concepts and techniques of animating in Flash. Start by organizing your elements using scenes, layers, and library.
Just use a Motion Guide.
For multiple as shown guided items, use multiple Guide layers. Select the layer containing the tween, and then insert a Guide layer by doing one of the following: Click the Add Guide Layer icon.
Draw a path in the Guide layer. Snap the center of the items in the end-point keyframes to the path. If you selected Snap to Guide in the Tweening tab of the Frame Properties dialog, it should snap automatically to the item in the starting keyframe. This forces the item to move so that its center remains parallel to the path. Organizational Guides An empty Guide layer can be used to organize multiple layers of related content for better timeline organization.
It can also be used as a repository for custom strokes and fills. To use a Guide layer for organizational purposes: Create an Organizational Guide layer. You can also use symbols to store graphic content as described in the next set of steps. As you become more familiar with Flash Professional, you'll use symbols to structure applications and interactivity using multiple timelines.
Symbols are useful for compartmentalizing parts of a project to make it easier for you to edit specific sections later. Follow these steps to create a symbol: Click the Selection tool in the Tools panel see Figure 9. Figure 9. The Selection tool is the first item displayed in the Tools panel. Click the circle on the Stage to select it. A bounding box selection appears around the circle. Enter the name of the symbol in the Name field.
Flash Tutorial for Beginners - Lesson 1
Use the Type menu to select the Movie Clip option. Tip: You can also convert a graphic into a symbol by selecting it and dragging it into the Library panel. Figure Enter a descriptive name for the symbol in the Convert to Symbol dialog box. A square bounding box is displayed around the circle symbol. You've just created a reusable asset, called a symbol , in your document. For more information about symbols, read Working with symbols in the Flash Professional online documentation.
The new symbol is now listed in the Library panel. When you drag a copy of the symbol from the Library panel to the Stage, the copy on the Stage is called an instance of the symbol. Animating the circle In this section, you'll use the symbol in your document to create a basic animation that moves across the Stage: Select the circle on the Stage and drag it off the Stage area to the left see Figure Right-click the circle instance on the Stage and choose the option to Create Motion Tween in the menu that appears.
Notice that the Timeline is automatically extended to Frame 24 and the red marker the current frame indicator, also known as the playhead moves to Frame 24 see Figure This indicates that the Timeline is prepared for you to edit the ending location of the symbol and create a one-second animation—assuming that you haven't changed default frame rate for the project from 24 fps in the Property inspector. A span of 24 frames is the equivalent of one second at a rate of 24 fps.
For more information about the Timeline, read Working with timelines in the Flash Professional online documentation. The Create Motion Tween operation automatically extends the frames in the Timeline and places the playhead on Frame While the playhead is still on Frame 24 of the Timeline, select the circle instance on the Stage and drag it to the right, just past the Stage area.
This step of relocating the instance creates a tweened animation.
On Frame 24, notice the diamond-shaped dot known as a property keyframe that appears. On the Stage, also notice the motion guide that indicates the circle's path of motion between Frame 1 and Frame 24 see Figure After creating a frame tween animation, the circle is located at the far right at the end of the animation when the playhead is located on Frame 24 of the Timeline.
In the Timeline, drag the red playhead back and forth from Frame 1 to Frame 24 to preview the animation; this is known as scrubbing the Timeline. You can change the circle's direction in the middle of the animation. First, drag the playhead to Frame 10 in the Timeline. Then select the circle and move it to another location, further down on the Stage. Notice that the change is reflected in the motion guide and the new dot property keyframe appears on Frame 10 of the Timeline see Figure The property keyframes on the Timeline mark the timing of the animation, indicating the frames whenever objects change on the screen and storing the properties of the object that change.
In this example, it is the circle's location on the Stage known as its X and Y or horizontal and vertical properties that are changing as the playhead moves across the Timeline.
After placing the playhead on Frame 10 and dragging the circle instance down on the Stage, the motion guide of the tweened animation and the property keyframe in the Timeline reflect the location change of the animated circle. Experiment with editing the animation by changing the shape of the motion guide path.
Click the Selection tool in the Tools panel and then click a section of the motion guide line. Drag it to bend the line shape see Figure When you bend the motion path , you cause the animation to follow along a smooth curved line instead of a rigid straight line.
Use the Selection tool to adjust the tweened animation's motion path; rather than a straight line the edited motion guide line is now curved. The movie loops automatically, so you can watch the circle move across the window repeatedly.
When you are finished, close the Test Movie window. Using a stop action to stop the Timeline from looping When you tested the movie, the animation loops by default as the movie plays in Flash Player.
This occurs automatically because in Flash Professional, the Timeline is set up to loop back to Frame 1 after exiting the last frame—unless you instruct the movie to do otherwise.
When you want to add a command that controls the Timeline, you'll add ActionScript code to a keyframe indicated by a dot symbol on the Timeline. This is known as adding a frame script. Tip: Keyframes are used to place ActionScript and assets on specific frames in the Timeline. When you review the Timeline of a FLA file, you can locate scripts and content by looking for the keyframe dots.
Keyframes that have frame scripts display a lower case "a" symbol. You'll add one of the most common Timeline commands, which is called the stop action: It's always a good idea to name your layers if you have more than one. A large project can quickly become unmanageable if its layers are not descriptively named.
Double-click the name to rename Layer 1. In the field that appears, enter the new name: animation. Click the New Layer button page icon in the lower left of the Timeline panel. It's considered best practice to create a layer named actions at the top of the layer stack, dedicated to holding the ActionScript code.
Rename the new layer you just created to: actions. Make sure it is located above the animation layer. Now that you've created a layer to place your scripts, you can add keyframes to the actions layer to associate the ActionScript code with specific frames. Move the playhead to Frame Click the actions layer at Frame 24 to highlight the last frame on the actions layer.
Notice that an empty, blank keyframe appears you can tell that the new keyframe doesn't contain any graphics because the dot icon for the keyframe is hollow, rather than displaying a solid color. Select the new keyframe with the Selection tool.
The Actions panel contains the Script window, which is a large text field you'll use to type or paste ActionScript code directly into your FLA file. Place your cursor in the text area next to the number 1 line 1 and type in the following action: stop ; Note: This step assumes that you're using the default mode of the Actions panel.
If the Actions panel is in Script Assist mode, it won't allow you to type directly into to the text area.
To return to the default mode, uncheck the magic wand icon in the upper right corner of the Actions panel. After typing the line of ActionScript code in the Script window, you'll notice that a little "a" icon appears above the keyframe in the actions layer of the Timeline.
This indicates that the keyframe contains a frame script also known as an action. At this point, your Timeline should look similar to Figure Close the Actions panel. If you need to edit the code, you can always select the keyframe in the Timeline and then open the Actions panel again. Notice that this time, the animation doesn't loop. You can return to Flash and test the movie again to watch the movie play again. Add the stop action frame script to Frame 24 of the actions layer.
A typical example are buttons that highlight when you move the mouse over them or when you click on them. Flash animations are defined through so-called timelines.
Each flash file has a timeline, i. Within each flash file you then can insert so-called embedded movie clips. Each of these has their own timeline. In other words, you can include animated objects within animations. The playhead begins at Frame 1 and moves from left to right as the movie proceeds through the frames. Drag the layers in the Timeline to arrange the layering order of graphics on the Stage. Graphics in the higher layers appear to be placed on top of the graphics in the lower layers.
The following example is a very simple animation that lasts for 15 frames. Animations are called "movie clips". This is confusing, but can be explained by the Flash history.
A flash file as whole can be a movie clip. But you also can have clips within clips within clips, e. The following screenshot shows a rocket frame by frame animation made in the main timeline.
If you want to add a second, a third rocket and other flying objects you will have to duplicate the three layers. In the six new layers you will have to move the drawings to positions. This is awfully complicated and we will not show an example. Therefore, in most cases, do not create animations in the main timeline.
A much smarter way is to define a single rocket as a so-called embedded movie clip , also called movie clip symbol. Think of an embedded movie clip as flash within flash. An embedded movie clip also just called symbol or movie clip symbol has its own timeline.
Once you got a rocket movie clip, you can create as many instances as you like.
Just drag the clip from the library to the stage. What's even better is that you could copy one movie clip symbol from one flash file to a different one. Rocket science, i. Let's now introduce the frame-by-frame animation engineering. The principle of frame-by-frame animations made with drawings is that you draw various versions of the same objects in different frames.
A frame is a drawing that is displayed at a given time. Usually any drawing uses several layers. In the timeline, each "stop" is called a frame.
Frames are numbered from 1 to whatever length your animation has. Let us start by introducing the meaning of a few symbols in the timeline. We later will come back to these. If you feel that display of timeline frames is too tiny, you can fix this with the time line options little pull-down menu in the upper right.
This menu also allows displaying a preview of the animation but that takes up space of course. When you start drawing with Flash, everything is drawn by default into a first frame in layer 1. Before pressing a button or using the menu, make sure that your are positioned in the right frame in the right layer. It also is a very smart idea to lock all other layers see the Flash layers tutorial. You don't need to have a drawing in every frame, i.
A keyframe is a frame that contains a picture or other object. In the timeline, a keyframe is indicated by a black dot.To get this option, untick Compress Movie in the settings dialog that will pop up.
Firstly use the Free Transform tool to adjust size, rotation, etc. Adding Snow Particles in the Scene 1. Repeat this times. Now select command-Z control-Z on Windows to undo your delete and bring back the triangle. Notice that the Timeline is automatically extended to Frame 24 and the red marker the current frame indicator, also known as the playhead moves to Frame 24 see Figure We recommend Hostgator , host for Entheos.