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50 Fast Flash MX Techniques by Ellen Finkelstein

By Ellen Finkelstein

* 50 cool suggestions that may take your Flash animations to the following point. contains issues reminiscent of Simulating a 3D dice, growing an Explosion, construction Letters from an photos, Making Mono Clips Sound Like Stereo, making a 3D Morph, Triggering Speech Bubbles, construction a User-response shape, placing a Flash motion picture onto a PDA.* Covers the newest Flash "X" free up. each one of these results is usually created with Flash 5.* 50 step by step tips on how to make your Flash five and Flash "X" animations extra amazing, enticing, potent, and enjoyable. contains a 32-page full-color insert highlighting the main dramatic visible tips.

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Change the Fill Color to match the background of your movie. Change the Stroke Color to No Color. Draw a shape that covers up the entire image. If necessary, use the Free Transform tool to modify the rectangle’s shape or rotation so that the image is completely covered. ■ STEP 3: REVERSE THE ANIMATION Save your movie and then select all the keyframes you have created. ) Choose Modify ➢ Frames ➢ Reverse. Choose Control ➢ Play to play the animation. FOR SIMPLE, LINEAR IMAGES For simpler, more linear images, you can use another technique that creates a very small file size.

In the Property inspector, choose Alpha from the Color drop-down list. Set the alpha to 100%. ■ ■ ■ STEP 3: FADE OUT THE VECTOR Now you create a motion tween that fades from 100% alpha to 0% alpha. Select the vector layer. Unlock and unhide it. ■ Add a keyframe at Frame 30. Select all the frames from 1 to 30. In the Property inspector (Window ➢ Properties), choose Motion from the Tween drop-down list. ■ STEP 5: ADD A STOP ACTION AT THE END Add a stop action at the last frame so that the movie doesn’t loop, which ruins the fade-in effect by jumping the movie from the last frame back to the beginning.

Click the wedges layer to select everything on the layer. Choose Insert ➢ Convert to Symbol. Name the symbol kaleidoscope, keep the default movie clip behavior, and click OK. STEP 3: CREATE THE MOTION TWEENS You now have a lot of wedges. To create the kaleidoscope effect, you now create a symbol of shapes to tween in the wedge symbol. When you’re done, each of the wedges becomes animated.  ■ Double-click wedge in the Library (Window ➢ Library) to edit it.  Kaleidoscope ■ Rename the existing layer to wedge.

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