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Using the built-in templates

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Video: Using the built-in templates

[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.

Using the built-in templates

[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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Flash Professional 8 Essential Training

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  1. 32s
    1. Welcome
      32s
  2. 17m 45s
    1. File types
      3m 13s
    2. Bitmaps vs. vectors
      4m 33s
    3. Flash 8 vs. Flash Professional 8
      5m 37s
    4. What's new in Flash Professional 8
      4m 22s
  3. 24m 33s
    1. The Start page
      1m 37s
    2. The default workspace
      6m 49s
    3. Interface management
      4m 15s
    4. Essential preferences
      7m 1s
    5. Finding help
      4m 51s
  4. 1h 2m
    1. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      9m 58s
    2. Modifying lines
      2m 54s
    3. Drawing with the Pen tool
      3m 20s
    4. The Oval and Rectangle tools
      7m 59s
    5. The Free Transform tool
      2m 46s
    6. Modifying and optimizing shapes
      4m 26s
    7. The Brush tool
      2m 3s
    8. The Lasso tool
      1m 28s
    9. The Eyedropper tool
      2m 53s
    10. Using the Color Mixer and creating gradients
      12m 27s
    11. Adding and importing colors to the Color Swatches panel
      3m 45s
    12. Grouping and ungrouping objects
      4m 15s
    13. Object-based undo
      4m 18s
  5. 27m 37s
    1. Movie properties and frame rate
      7m 52s
    2. Timeline, frames, and keyframes
      5m 4s
    3. Deleting, copying, and reversing frames
      3m 18s
    4. Testing movies
      4m 5s
    5. Frame by frame animation
      7m 18s
  6. 28m 38s
    1. Shape tweening
      9m 36s
    2. Shape hinting
      5m 51s
    3. Shape tweening text
      6m 4s
    4. Editing multiple frames
      3m 49s
    5. Animating gradients
      3m 18s
  7. 23m 37s
    1. Creating Symbols
      10m 2s
    2. Alternate methods for creating and editing Symbols
      5m 32s
    3. Working with the Library
      8m 3s
  8. 45m 53s
    1. Basic motion tweens
      5m 57s
    2. Tweening effects
      3m 51s
    3. Editing multiple frames
      2m 48s
    4. Motion Guides
      15m 7s
    5. Motion tweening text
      9m 33s
    6. Easing
      3m 11s
    7. Custom easing controls (Pro only)
      5m 26s
  9. 5m 10s
    1. Adding, editing, and removing Timeline Effects
      5m 10s
  10. 14m 50s
    1. Masking
      7m 5s
    2. Animated masks
      7m 45s
  11. 27m 47s
    1. Text overview
      12m 38s
    2. Text options
      6m 23s
    3. Aliasing options
      5m 54s
    4. Spell checking, and Find and Replace
      2m 52s
  12. 29m 48s
    1. Importing and compressing
      9m 59s
    2. Bitmap sequence
      3m 46s
    3. Bitmap fills
      3m 28s
    4. Tracing bitmaps
      10m 18s
    5. Changing opacity of bitmaps
      2m 17s
  13. 11m 38s
    1. Working with Filters
      5m 59s
    2. Working with Blend Modes
      5m 39s
  14. 25m 52s
    1. Button types
      4m 48s
    2. Basic buttons
      10m 53s
    3. Rollover button
      2m 16s
    4. Rollover button with down state
      2m 51s
    5. Invisible button
      5m 4s
  15. 32m 41s
    1. What are Movie Clips?
      12m 22s
    2. Modifying Movie Clip instances
      8m 32s
    3. Animated rollover buttons
      11m 47s
  16. 3h 16m
    1. Time-based vs. user-based actions
      1m 53s
    2. Actions panel
      3m 7s
    3. Script Assist
      3m 24s
    4. Stop on frame
      6m 55s
    5. GetURL
      13m 17s
    6. Slide show
      26m 20s
    7. Creating a pop-up menu pt. 1
      6m 31s
    8. Creating a pop-up menu pt. 2
      16m 59s
    9. Creating a pop-up menu pt. 3
      17m 32s
    10. Scrolling text
      13m 24s
    11. Controlling Movie Clips
      9m 41s
    12. What are Scenes?
      3m 13s
    13. Loading SWFs
      20m 3s
    14. Loading JPEGs, GIFs, and PNGs
      8m 12s
    15. What is a preloader?
      1m 21s
    16. Building a simple preloader pt. 1
      9m 18s
    17. Building a simple preloader pt. 2
      18m 31s
    18. Building a simple preloader pt. 3
      14m 14s
    19. Behaviors
      3m 0s
  17. 6m 41s
    1. What are Components?
      2m 6s
    2. The UI Scrollbar Component
      4m 35s
  18. 36m 15s
    1. Importing sounds
      6m 8s
    2. Supported formats
      1m 29s
    3. Sound on buttons
      8m 46s
    4. Music on/off button
      19m 52s
  19. 16m 55s
    1. Importing and compressing video
      14m 45s
    2. Using the Flash 8 Video Encoder to compress video (Pro only)
      2m 10s
  20. 47m 38s
    1. Publishing content
      17m 8s
    2. Creating a projector
      3m 18s
    3. FS commands
      12m 36s
    4. The Bandwidth Profiler and simulating a download
      5m 50s
    5. Generating a size report
      2m 55s
    6. The Flash Player Detection Kit
      5m 51s
  21. 5m 33s
    1. Making Flash content accessible
      5m 33s
  22. 3m 46s
    1. Using the built-in templates
      3m 46s
  23. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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