Flash Explained

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Publishing your movie — the difference between a .fla and a .swf file

October 11th, 2008 by Luka


You’ve made your flash site, banner, or just an element of your site made in flash. Now what? How to integrate it into your pages? Follow this tutorial and you shall learn how.

FLA — the source

While working on a document, when you save it, you save it as a FLA file. This is the source file, containing all the materials you are going to show in your flash movie. But this file doesn’t get into your HTML pages. This is just the source.

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Using the Align panel

October 11th, 2008 by Luka


The Align panel is very useful for quickly setting up a row or column of parallel objects, putting the same amount of space between objects and drawings and aligning them.

1 Open a new Flash document. Draw an object on stage, which will serve to show the possibilities of using the Align panel.

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Making a banner with mesmerizing effects

October 11th, 2008 by Luka


Learn how to create mesmerizing effects that can be used in any kind of banner you like: Stripes that are moving continually without interruption, and rays that are circling infinitely. If you missed the complete banner animation, just click on it (below) to see it again.

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Shape Tween Animation

October 10th, 2008 by Luka


Maybe you want to learn:

Shape tween animation is used much less frequently than motion tween animation, but it offers the one possibility motion tween hasn’t got – for objects to change shape, to deform them, to make transitions from one shape to another.

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Motion tween animation options

October 10th, 2008 by Luka


Here, I will show you how to change the shape of a Movie Clip in a Motion Tween animation, its tint, transparency, brightness, position, rotation and all these things combined.

An assymetrical multicolored symbol.

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Loading an external mp3 file with ActionScript

October 8th, 2008 by Luka


Loading an external mp3 file in Flash has many benefits. First, and maybe the most practical is that your Flash movie filesize stays the same – there is no need to import the sound file into it, because we can load it dynamically, that is, while the movie is running. Second, if you wanted to change the music, you can change just the mp3 file, without having to open the Flash .fla file to modify it. There is also the possibilty to make the music change automatically, or to build an mp3 player inside Flash, but I’ll leave that for another, more advanced tutorial.

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Basic internal percentage preloader

October 8th, 2008 by Luka


With this tutorial, you will learn how to make a basic preloader which shows how much of the Flash movie in which it resides has loaded. This kind of preloader is best used with small movies, intros and the like.

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Classic tab menu creation

October 8th, 2008 by Luka


You will learn to create one of the most widely used web site navigation interfaces in this lesson: the tab menu.

Before starting to design, click on the menu tabs of the two examples below to see what you’ll be working towards.

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Creating aqua style buttons

October 8th, 2008 by Luka


Ever wanted to make those shiny, nice looking aqua buttons? Yes, but in Flash? You can make them in Photoshop or Fireworks. But creating them directly in Flash makes your file size a lot smaller (the SWF file below this text has only 2 KB!), enables you to change the color of a button more easily, to transform other aspects of the button (create a Mac-style type of tab, for example), without going back to a paint or similar program to adjust it and export it anew for Flash. So, let’s get down to work!

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Creating Movie Clips

October 8th, 2008 by Luka


This tutorial explains how to create a Movie Clip, what is the Library in Flash, what is an instance, how to modify a Movie Clip.

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