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Defining Rotate transitions

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Video: Defining Rotate transitions

When it comes to defining transitions inside of Flash Catalyst, you can really have a lot of fun, because there are many different types of transitions that you can apply. We've already seen things like fading in and fading out, moving or resizing. Well how about Rotation? Let's take a close look at how we might use the Rotation attribute when defining rollovers for buttons. So I'll click on this button here and let's define exactly how the rollovers are going to work for this button. I'll double click to enter Isolation Mode and on the Over state here, I'll go to the Layers panel, turn off the Monochromatic layer, but turn on the Color and the Growing layer here.

Defining Rotate transitions

When it comes to defining transitions inside of Flash Catalyst, you can really have a lot of fun, because there are many different types of transitions that you can apply. We've already seen things like fading in and fading out, moving or resizing. Well how about Rotation? Let's take a close look at how we might use the Rotation attribute when defining rollovers for buttons. So I'll click on this button here and let's define exactly how the rollovers are going to work for this button. I'll double click to enter Isolation Mode and on the Over state here, I'll go to the Layers panel, turn off the Monochromatic layer, but turn on the Color and the Growing layer here.

So now when I go from the Up state to the Over state, the button will change to a color version and the word Growing will appear. In the Timelines panel I'll select the Up to Over transition and I'll click on Smooth Transition, and preview the effect. So basically, when I mouse over this, the black version of the logo fades out and the color version of the logo fades in. Well let's say I also want that color version of the logo to kind of rotate into place. So what I'll start off by doing here in the Over state is coming to the Layers panel and click on that entire color group.

Now with it selected, I'm going to come down to the Timelines panel and I want to add an action, and what I'm about to do now is different than what we've done before. You see until now, we've taken two pieces of artwork on the artboard and Flash Catalyst kind of figured out what needed to change. But instead of me actually rotating this artwork on the artboard, I'm going to have Flash Catalyst do that for me and I'm going to do it through the Timelines panel. So with that color artwork selected, I'm going on the Add Action button and I'll specify Rotate. Notice now the color group not only will Fade In, but it will also rotate as it does so.

Right now this rotate will only take half a second, the default setting. So to make it match the rest of the actions, I'll just extend it out here for a full second. Let's preview how this will look by clicking on the Play button here in the Timelines panel. Notice now that button kind of rotates, but it doesn't rotate completely. The reason why is because by default the Rotate is set to rotate at 90 degrees. So you'll note that when I have the rotate action actually selected here inside of the Timelines panel, I can also look at the Properties panel to see the settings for that particular effect.

Right now that rotate is set relative to the object and it only rotates 90 degrees. Well I want to do a full rotation, so I'm going to change this value here of 90, I'll just click on it to highlight it and I'll type in 360. I'll hit Enter to accept that value and now I'll preview this effect. And you can see that now, the button actually completely rotates into position. So we've manually added this rotate action onto our Timeline. We've adjusted its duration and we've also changed the Angle setting inside the Properties panel. What I really like about working with Flash Catalyst is how easy it is to make adjustments to these settings.

I can quickly iterate on my design and preview it right here inside of my project.

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Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training

66 video lessons · 19571 viewers

Mordy Golding
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  1. 9m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Key concepts
      4m 33s
    3. When should I use Flash Catalyst?
      2m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 33m 12s
    1. Creating a new project
      5m 14s
    2. Defining components
      6m 26s
    3. Adding pages
      5m 41s
    4. Adding interaction
      6m 20s
    5. Adding transitions
      7m 12s
    6. Publishing options
      2m 19s
  3. 21m 37s
    1. Planning your project
      8m 11s
    2. Starting your project in Illustrator
      4m 9s
    3. Starting your project in Photoshop
      4m 22s
    4. Starting your project in Fireworks
      3m 10s
    5. Starting your project in Flash Catalyst
      1m 45s
  4. 30m 55s
    1. Understanding components
      5m 14s
    2. Creating a button component
      7m 10s
    3. Creating a checkbox component
      3m 55s
    4. Creating a radio button component
      5m 10s
    5. Creating a toggle button component
      2m 4s
    6. Creating a text input component
      1m 35s
    7. Creating horizontal and vertical slider components
      2m 46s
    8. Creating horizontal and vertical scrollbar components
      3m 1s
  5. 31m 55s
    1. Using the drawing and selection tools
      5m 52s
    2. Setting object properties
      4m 48s
    3. Importing artwork
      2m 27s
    4. Editing artwork in Illustrator
      6m 29s
    5. Editing artwork in Photoshop
      4m 27s
    6. Working with text
      3m 39s
    7. Optimizing artwork
      4m 13s
  6. 28m 56s
    1. Understanding pages and layers
      9m 50s
    2. Editing pages and states
      7m 24s
    3. Using grids, guides, and rulers
      1m 40s
    4. Aligning and arranging objects
      2m 27s
    5. Moving elements between pages and states
      4m 33s
    6. Using the Library panel
      3m 2s
  7. 54m 43s
    1. Understanding interaction types
      8m 24s
    2. Creating conditional interactions
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding the timeline
      7m 40s
    4. Creating smooth transitions
      7m 44s
    5. Defining Move transitions
      3m 33s
    6. Defining Resize transitions
      3m 53s
    7. Defining Rotate transitions
      2m 53s
    8. Defining Rotate 3D transitions
      3m 35s
    9. Adjusting basic timing
      5m 57s
    10. Creating an action sequence
      7m 58s
  8. 18m 11s
    1. Creating Flash video files
      3m 32s
    2. Placing video into a project
      3m 51s
    3. Controlling video playback
      3m 51s
    4. Adding sound effects
      3m 17s
    5. Integrating Flash content
      3m 40s
  9. 25m 53s
    1. Using a Data List to define repeating elements
      4m 11s
    2. Creating a basic Data List pt. 1: Building the components
      5m 31s
    3. Creating a basic Data List pt. 2: Adding the data
      3m 8s
    4. Planning a complex Data List
      1m 57s
    5. Creating a complex Data List pt. 1: Building the components
      6m 33s
    6. Creating a complex Data List pt. 2: Adding the data
      4m 33s
  10. 12m 14s
    1. Publishing an SWF file to view locally or offline
      2m 30s
    2. Publishing an SWF files to upload to the web
      2m 35s
    3. Integrating an SWF file into a web page with Dreamweaver
      2m 25s
    4. Integrating an SWF file into a web page with an HTML text editor
      2m 48s
    5. Publishing an Adobe AIR file
      1m 56s
  11. 7m 52s
    1. Creating custom components
      4m 27s
    2. Working with Library Packages
      1m 47s
    3. Using the Code view in Flash Catalyst
      1m 38s
  12. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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