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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.
When you're working with motion tweens, understand that Flash is not really limited to what object can be motion tweened. Remember that in order to motion tween, you need to use a symbol. Now, any object in Flash can be turned into a symbol. So if you want to animate a text field or a bitmap image or any other object in Flash, you just have to get it inside of a symbol. So here I'm going to animate some text. That text is in the logo that says Explore California. I'll start by wrapping this inside of a graphic symbol.
To do that, I'm going to lock every layer except for the logo layer. I'm going to Alt+click or Option+click the dot on the logo layer under the lock. So I've locked everything except for that layer. I can click and drag around the logo and press F8 on the keyboard to convert it to a symbol. I'll just call this Logo and then I'll click OK. So now I have an instance of my graphic symbol. Now it's time to create the motion tween. I'll right click the logo and choose Create Motion Tween. Once I have the motion tween, I'm going to add a property keyframe at Frame 60.
So I'm going to deselect all the frames in the timeline by clicking below them and then I'm going to right-click at Frame 60 in the logo layer and then I'll choose Insert Keyframe > All. So now Flash has saved the position of the logo on Frame 60. Now I can go to Frame 1 and move the logo to the left to create the animation. So while I'm at Frame 1, I'll click and drag the logo to the left all the way off the Stage and then you can see the motion path created indicating that my animation was a success.
Let's take a look at this animation inside of the Flash Player. Command+Return on the Mac, Ctrl+Enter on the PC. You can see the logo is sliding in.
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