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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.
Similar to the Onion Skin feature, the Onion Skin Outlines feature allows you to see the Onion Skin as well as outlines. This is very useful for certain animations. I am going to zoom in here. I'll take a look at this animation of the leg. If I preview the animation, you can see that the leg goes along with the pedals. Now if I wanted to refine this animation at all, for example, to make the knee a more connected on the last frame, I could turn on Onion Skinning.
Now, if I am looking at a lot of frames at the same time, it's really hard to tell what's going on. And at the same time, Onion Skin gives me sort of like faded back version of my artwork, which can be really hard to see, especially if you have all of your layers showing. For extra clarity, you can use Onion Skin Outlines. So I'll turn off Onion Skin and then I'll turn on Onion Skin Outlines, which is immediately to the right of the Onion Skin button. Now I just see a simple outline of that graphic.
So instead of having to see the whole artwork faded back, I see a very simple outline, and it's really easy to see where the art is. So I have a clear reference that's a simple outline. So now, I'll modify this leg just a little bit. So I will rotate the leg and just match it up a little bit better at the knee. So Onion Skin Outlines provide another way to fine-tune your animation and you can find the Onion Skin Outlines button immediately to the right of the Onion Skin button.
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