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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.
Now we'll talk about creating a custom template in Flash. If you're following along, I'm working in 04_Custom_Template.fla in the chapter 01 folder in the Exercise Files folder. And before we talk about creating a custom template, let's take a look at how this file is set up. There's an actions layer and a background layer. Now a lot of times when you're working with Flash you're going to create an actions layer. And just about as often as you'll have an actions layer, you'll have a background layer. So let's say you wanted to save the steps of creating an actions and background layer.
You can do this by creating a template. You can simply create a new file based on that template and you will always have an actions and a background layer. To create a custom template, get your file set up just to you want it, and then choose File, Save as Template. Then the Save as Template window pops up. There's a few options here. So in the Name field I'm going to type a name for my template. I'm going to call this Action and BG Layers. For Category you can click the arrows to open the drop-down menu to show the built-in template options. If you want to create your own, just have a name other than any of the names used on the drop-down menu in this field.
So I'm going to type Todd's just to say that these are my templates. And for Description. I'm going to click in the Description field and write a brief description of this file. Gradient Background and actions layer. With those options set up, I'm going to click the Save button. And now the file is saved, and it's not only saved, it's saved as a template. I'm going to close this file by choosing File, Close.
And then I'm going to create a new file based on my template. There are two ways to do that. You can choose File, New, and choose the Templates option. Press Cancel the close this window. Or you can access the same window by choosing More in the Create from Template area of the Welcome screen to open the same window. For Category select the category you created. Remember the category I created was called Todd's. In the middle of the New from Template window, you'll see the template that you created. I'm going to select Actions and BG Layers template.
Notice that the description that we typed in, is inside of the Description field, and we get a preview of the template as well. And then click OK to create a new file based on that template. So once we've created that file, notice that now it's an untitled document, so we can save it as whatever we want. And now whenever we want to create a file with an actions and a background layer, we can simply use a template. So there's a look at creating and using a template.
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