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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.
In Flash, you can actually put a symbol inside of another symbol. That method is called nesting. This is actually pretty useful for when you want to group symbols. So let's say I have these flowers on the Stage and they are all separate instances, and I want to make a bouquet of flowers. And I want to be able to easily copy that bouquet over and over again. So essentially I want to group them. So I am going to do that by nesting a symbol. I am going to select the instances on the Stage and then I am going to use the command Modify > Convert to Symbol.
I will use the keyboard shortcut F8, because I prefer that method of doing it. So for the Name, I will type Flowers. I will choose Graphic for the Type. Top left registration and click OK. And now I have an instance of Flowers selected. So I can drag these instances out of the library to have multiple bouquets of flowers. Now, if I ever want to make changes to these, I can double click the flowers to enter Symbol Editing mode. Inside of Symbol Editing mode, I can see that I have individual instances of flowers.
Then I can double click a flower to enter its Timeline and make changes if I want to. Note that at the top of the screen you will see that I am editing Flower inside of the Flowers symbol, which is on the main timeline or Scene 1. So I click Scene 1 to return to the main timeline. So by nesting these symbols, I have an effective way to group them that will still maintain optimization for my application.
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