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Video: Creating custom color swatches

Now we'll talk about creating custom color swatches. If you're following along, I'm working in 03_Custom_Swatches.fla, in the Chapter 01 folder in the Exercise Files folder. Now in this file there's a simple rectangle on the stage with a gradient applied. Now let's say I wanted to save this gradient and use it over and over again throughout this .fla file or if I wanted to use it in other .fla files. To save a custom color, you can select object of that color and make sure that the correct color is displayed in the Color panel.
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  1. 3m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Getting the most from this training
      1m 20s
    3. Using the exercise files
      50s
  2. 15m 28s
    1. Managing digital assets
      4m 9s
    2. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      5m 1s
    3. Creating custom color swatches
      3m 41s
    4. Creating a custom template
      2m 37s
  3. 14m 38s
    1. Working with variables
      3m 41s
    2. Using functions
      3m 30s
    3. Working with events
      2m 11s
    4. Using event listeners
      2m 42s
    5. Working with arrays
      2m 34s
  4. 29m 41s
    1. Understanding dynamic text fields
      2m 37s
    2. Loading text from an external file
      6m 42s
    3. Reading HTML from a text field
      5m 29s
    4. Applying CSS with ActionScript
      7m 0s
    5. Applying external CSS to a text field
      7m 53s
  5. 45m 27s
    1. Masking dynamic text
      4m 59s
    2. Dragging the Scroll Bar
      7m 3s
    3. Calculating a scroll percent
      5m 20s
    4. Setting scroll boundaries
      4m 9s
    5. Connecting the ScrollBar to the text field
      2m 55s
    6. Easing the text with the ScrollBar
      4m 12s
    7. Scrolling the text with buttons
      2m 38s
    8. Animating the scrolling text with the buttons
      4m 26s
    9. Setting boundaries for the scrolling text
      4m 26s
    10. Easing the text using the buttons
      1m 37s
    11. Connecting the ScrollBar to the Scroll buttons
      3m 42s
  6. 20m 46s
    1. Organizing a complex object into layers
      1m 51s
    2. Duplicating MovieClips
      1m 29s
    3. Undocking the timeline
      1m 20s
    4. Animating a complex MovieClip
      4m 36s
    5. Creating an animated Hinge effect
      5m 13s
    6. Creating complex animations
      6m 17s
  7. 28m 1s
    1. Controlling objects with buttons
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding frame labels
      3m 25s
    3. Using buttons to navigate labeled frames
      2m 30s
    4. Nesting code within MovieClips
      5m 8s
    5. Adding sound to the application
      2m 34s
    6. Adding drag interactivity to the robot
      6m 1s
    7. Animating the dragged robot
      4m 17s
  8. 20m 3s
    1. Understanding components
      2m 30s
    2. Using components to setup a form
      3m 45s
    3. Setting up the form to send an email
      3m 38s
    4. Working with form variables
      6m 11s
    5. Skinning components
      3m 59s
  9. 27m 40s
    1. Using transparency in a video
      4m 16s
    2. Working with embedded video
      3m 38s
    3. Animating a VideoClip
      2m 53s
    4. Creating an advanced animation with video
      2m 40s
    5. Working with the bitmap data class
      3m 37s
    6. Working with the bitmap class
      1m 40s
    7. Copying the video to create a reflection
      1m 35s
    8. Reflecting the video
      2m 42s
    9. Enhancing a video reflection with a mask
      4m 39s
  10. 1h 38m
    1. Viewing the finished MP3 player
      1m 45s
    2. Understanding the project flow
      2m 52s
    3. Preparing to build the MP3 player
      5m 11s
    4. Understanding classes and packages
      5m 32s
    5. Creating the MP3 player class
      9m 59s
    6. Loading sounds from external files
      9m 20s
    7. Accessing ID3 tag information
      6m 11s
    8. Controlling sound playback with Play and Pause buttons
      11m 3s
    9. Changing tracks
      12m 1s
    10. Displaying the current volume
      9m 33s
    11. Changing the volume
      6m 40s
    12. Wiring the progress bar
      8m 4s
    13. Building the progress bar slider
      10m 4s
  11. 5m 36s
    1. Making Flash movies accessible
      1m 49s
    2. Adding a name and description to your Flash movie
      52s
    3. Accessibility and text fields
      2m 55s
  12. 12m 2s
    1. Understanding Flash Mobile
      35s
    2. Exploring Device Central
      1m 45s
    3. Updating Device Profiles
      1m 7s
    4. Creating a Flash file from Device Central
      2m 7s
    5. Creating and testing Flash Lite applications
      2m 48s
    6. Downloading the Flash Lite player for Windows Mobile
      1m 44s
    7. Getting a Flash Lite application onto your phone
      1m 56s
  13. 27s
    1. Goodbye
      27s

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Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics
5h 21m Intermediate Dec 06, 2007

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Through several hands-on tutorials, instructor Todd Perkins shows how to best build dynamic, streamlined sites using Flash CS3 Professional. Learn how to create custom keyboard shortcuts, apply advanced text techniques such as animating scrolling text with custom easing controls, and using advanced animation techniques. Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics covers many challenging features, including adding complex interactivity to a Flash CS3 project and getting Flash content on a phone. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Customizing Flash CS3 and managing assets Working with ActionScript variables Understanding dynamic text fields Adding interactivity to dynamic text Animating a complex MovieClip Using buttons to navigate labeled frames Working with components Exploring advanced audio and video techniques Creating accessible Flash content Understanding Flash Mobile
Subject:
Web
Software:
Flash Professional
Author:
Todd Perkins

Creating custom color swatches

Now we'll talk about creating custom color swatches. If you're following along, I'm working in 03_Custom_Swatches.fla, in the Chapter 01 folder in the Exercise Files folder. Now in this file there's a simple rectangle on the stage with a gradient applied. Now let's say I wanted to save this gradient and use it over and over again throughout this .fla file or if I wanted to use it in other .fla files. To save a custom color, you can select object of that color and make sure that the correct color is displayed in the Color panel.

Here you can tell that the correct color is displayed, a gradient from black to gray. Go to the Swatches panel. If you don't see the Swatches panel you can simply choose Window, Swatches. And in the Swatches panel, to save a solid color, click below the solid colors at the top of the Swatches panel. To save a gradient, which we're going to do right now, click in the gradient section at the bottom of the Swatches panel. I click there, and I just created gradient swatch, a black to gray gradient. And now what I can do is, using the Selection tool, I could select the rectangle on the stage and then change its color using the Swatches panel by clicking any color swatch.

I'm going to click a green swatch to change its color to green. Now if I want to use that same gradient that I created before, I could select the rectangle on the stage and simply click the gradient in the Swatches panel. I'll do that now. So you can see that the same gradient is applied to the rectangle. Now I'm going to click a green swatch in the Swatches panel again, to convert the rectangle back to a green color. Now let's say you wanted to save your swatches and use them in a different file. To do that, click the Options button at the top right of the Swatches panel, and then choose Save Colors.

You can also choose Save as Default to save these colors as your default colors, but for now let's choose Save Colors. If you're working in the exercise files find the Exercise Files folder and then Chapter 01. Save the color swatch as custom_colors. And the Format should be .clr. You can see that in the Format the drop down at the bottom of the Export Color Swatch window. Notice that you can also create a Color Table. Let's choose Flash Color Set and then click the Save button. And now what I'm going to do is delete all the color swatches and go back to the default color swatches. To do that click the same Options button at the top right of Swatches panel, choose the Load Default Colors option.

Notice that when you choose that option, the gradient that you created disappears. Now, we'll load the color swatch file that we created into this file so we can have that gradient again. Now typically you would load this into another file so you can have the same swatches in different files. So now let's take a look at how to load custom color swatches into Flash. At the top right of the Swatches panel click the Options button and then choose the Replace Colors button. There are two different options here for loading and colors - Add colors and Replace colors. Add colors appends swatches to the current swatches in the Swatches panel. Replace colors will take all the swatches in a swatch file and replace the current swatches you have in the Swatches panel with those colors that have loaded from the swatches file.

So that's what we want to do here so choose Replace Colors. In the Exercise Files folder find the Chapter 01 folder and select the file custom_colors.clr and click Open. Notice when you open that file you'll see the custom gradient you created appear in the Gradient section of the Swatches panel. With the rectangle on the stage selected, click that custom gradient to apply it to the rectangle on the stage. So when you are working with colors in Flash, you can save colors that you like, export them and import them into other files to use them there.

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