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In Flash Professional CS5 Essential Training, author Todd Perkins explains the fundamentals of Flash Professional CS5, the industry standard for creating animations and interactive applications for the web, desktop, and mobile devices. This course starts with the basics, such as using the drawing tools to create simple animations, and progresses to automating animation with tweens and adding interactivity with ActionScript. This course also covers how to add sound and video to projects, enhance realism with effects like easing, and publish a project to a variety of platforms. Exercise files are included.
Let's look at how to animate a 3D object in Flash. Remember that if you want to rotate or move an object in 3D space, it needs to be a movie clip symbol, not a graphic symbol and remember that you can create a movie clip symbol in the same way as a graphic symbol. Select your artwork on the Stage, Modify > Convert to Symbol, and then choose Movie Clip for the Type instead of Graphic. So here on the Stage I actually already have an instance of a movie clip symbol and I'm going to rotate this bridge in 3d space.
So I'll right click the bridge and choose Create Motion Tween. I'll lock every other layer by Option+ clicking or Alt+clicking the dot under the lock icon on the bridge layer and then I'll go to the last frame and using the 3D Rotation tool, I'll rotate the bridge on the Y-axis and then using the 3D Translation tool, I'll move the bridge along the X-axis. So I can scrub the playhead to preview this animation. Let's see what it looks like in the Flash Player.
Command+Return on the Mac or Ctrl+Enter on the PC. So using a motion tween I can even animate 3D objects.
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