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Flash Professional 8 Essential Training with Shane Rebenschied teaches new users how to use the drawing tools, swatches, and color panels in Flash 8. The course walks learners through animation processes, and how to integrate type, graphics, audio, and video. Shane teaches you how to use ActionScript for common projects such as creating slide shows, pop-up menus, and scrolling text. The training ends with instruction on how to publish to the Web or CD-ROM.
[Male Voice:] Flash Basic 8 and Flash Professional 8 both shift with a series of templates that you can use to easily get going with creating a specific type of Flash file. As you can see here from the start page, on the right hand side, it says "create from template" and there's a series of folders organized by a category of various templates you can choose from. Now, the types and variety of templates that you'd be able to choose from is dependent upon if you have Flash Basic 8 or Flash Professional 8.
Obviously if you have Flash Professional 8, you'll have a larger amount of templates to choose from, versus, if you just had Flash Basic 8. A better place to choose to create a new document from a template is from the File New menu. If you choose that in the New Dialog box, you can choose the Templates tab and you can view all sorts of different types of templates to start from. There's Advertising Templates to create Flash Add banners of various sizes, form applications, phone templates, PDA templates, slideshows, and, so forth.
Again, this list will differ depending upon if you're using Flash Basic 8 or Flash Professional 8. Let's take a look at one of those templates real quick. If you select the Templates tab, from the top of the New Dialog box, and then, from the category choose Photo slideshows, you'll see a template in there called Modern Photo slideshow. Go ahead and select that and in the Preview window, on the right hand side, you can see a little preview of what that template looks like, as well as, a short description.
Then, if you like that template simply click OK and Flash will create a new FLA for you populated with all sorts of information. In this case this template has actions, captions, pictures and so forth already built in to it for you. If you scroll down through the list of layers you can see that there's one layer called picture layer. If I show or hide that layer, you can see that on the layer are pictures that I can easily replace with my own.
So, if I wanted to utilize my own pictures with this template, I could simply select the pictures that were in that particular layer, remove them, and then bring in my own pictures to make this slideshow my own. Additionally, at the bottom left of this, there's some captions for each of the photos. They're on their own layer called "Captions". I can tell by simply selecting the Text and then the Captions layer what elements are on that layer. That's just an Editable Text block so, I could double click on it and change the name to suit whatever image I'm bringing in to my own slideshow.
Then once I replace the pictures and change the captions, when I test my movie, I can see that it's an interactive slideshow that automatically shows me images from the slideshow. It shows me which image I'm on and how many there are total, as well as, gives me a caption at the bottom that gives a little description as to what the pictures all about. I can also take this Draggable Menu bar up here at the top, and either navigate manually from one picture to the next ,or, have it on the Auto Play feature which will automatically advance through each picture in the slideshow for me.
So, that's one example of a template. And again, depending upon if you have Flash Basic 8 or Flash Professional 8, there's a wide variety of templates for you to choose from. If you're getting started with the Flash file, and, you want to get a head start on creating that content, you might want to look into the various templates that your version of Flash offers.
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