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Flash Professional CS5: Animation Projects
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Creating and reusing custom presets


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Flash Professional CS5: Animation Projects

with Paul Trani

Video: Creating and reusing custom presets

Motion presets are very powerful, allowing for quick animation. But the thing I like about them most is the fact that I can make and save out my own motion presets for reuse later. That's what I want to do with this movie clip here. More than - this is the movie clip that I want to animate. I want to animate it sort of blurring into focus. So, that's the animation I want to build, and then I want to reuse it later. So, I'm going to select this movie clip, and in the Properties panel, down under Filters, I can click this Add Filter button.

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Flash Professional CS5: Animation Projects
2h 31m Intermediate Sep 15, 2010

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In Flash Professional CS5: Animation Projects, Paul Trani shows how to create dynamic and visually rich animations in Flash Professional CS5. This course demonstrates how to create and import assets, and then take those assets and bring them to life with dynamic motion. It also shows how to create more unique and natural movement by adding special effects, 3D, masks, and even bones to animate characters. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating graphics and reusable assets
  • Importing graphics
  • Making an object move
  • Animating a mask
  • Using and customizing motion presets
  • Morphing shapes
  • Animating in 3D
  • Adding bones to a character
  • Controlling the Timeline with ActionScript
  • Randomizing content
Subjects:
3D + Animation Animation Projects
Software:
Flash Professional Illustrator
Author:
Paul Trani

Creating and reusing custom presets

Motion presets are very powerful, allowing for quick animation. But the thing I like about them most is the fact that I can make and save out my own motion presets for reuse later. That's what I want to do with this movie clip here. More than - this is the movie clip that I want to animate. I want to animate it sort of blurring into focus. So, that's the animation I want to build, and then I want to reuse it later. So, I'm going to select this movie clip, and in the Properties panel, down under Filters, I can click this Add Filter button.

I'm going to add a blur, and I'm going to change the Quality from Low to Medium. Then the Blur amount is going to be about 30 pixels. So, I'll type in 30, and notice how that movie clip gets blurred out completely. So, that's its starting point. Now what I can do is I can go to my Timeline, and I will do a right-click or Ctrl+Click if you're on a Mac. From here, I'm going to select Create Motion Tween. That turns that layer blue.

Again, I have my starting keyframe with it blurry. So I'm going to go into about frame 15, right when this word shows up. That's when I want this to become sharp. So, I will select that movie clip, go to my Properties panel, under Filters. I'll change the blur to zero. You can see it becomes sharp. So, scrub back, and if I hit the Enter key, you can see it blur in. Very nice! That's exactly what I want.

In fact, I like that so much, I want to reuse it later on. If you want to reuse any motion tween, all you need to do is select that motion tween, do a right-click, and then Save as Motion Preset. I'll select that, and I'm going to save this as Blur In. Select OK. Now I'm going to go to Window, and open up my Motion Presets panel, because, just below the Default presets folder, if I close it, you'll see Custom Presets.

So here's where all your custom presets will be listed. So, Blur In is what I want to use, actually for another graphic that I'm going to bring in. So, I'm going to close the Motion Presets panel. I'm going to create a new layer, and this is just going to be called environmentally friendly, because on this layer, I'm going to drop in another graphic. This other graphic is in my Library panel, in the Assets folder. Here's my graphic I want to use, and I'll drop it right on the stage, right about here.

I actually want it to appear later. So, I'm going to click and drag this keyframe all the way down, because I want it to appear right down here when you see this word "style" come in. So, that's where I want it to appear. At that point, I don't want to see that "more than" word either. So what I can do is always grab that end and scoot it in to right about frame 90. So now that goes away, and then there's my word: environmentally friendly.

So, to apply that motion preset that I made earlier, all I need to do is select that movie clip, go the Window, down to Motion Presets, open up the Motion Presets panel, select that Custom presets, and click Apply. I'll close that panel. Notice how it will extend out that layer quite a distance, and that's because that's how long the motion preset was that I made earlier. But I can always easily grab that end and bring it on in and adjust it accordingly.

So I can have it end at about frame 110. If I want to adjust it further, I can always hold down the Command key to select that keyframe, and then adjust that keyframe as well. So I can have it blur over sort of a longer period of time. But again, you can see that it applies that motion preset. That text comes in, that movie clip, and then it displays exactly right. I didn't have to animate this again.

I just saved out a motion preset, and then applied it to it. Really take advantage of making your own custom motion presets, because you'll save a lot of time, and you're still able to fully modify them if you want to, as well.

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