Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating custom looping animation, part of Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5.
Now what I want to do is I want these clouds back here to continually move across the screen regardless of which section you are in. So it's going to create this nice movement throughout the whole site. Okay, so I am going to do this by selecting this clouds background right here, and it's a pretty large image, so what I am going to do is I am going to change my view to Show All. So notice how long that image is. Well,I am going to go ahead and of course, move it across the screen, and it's going to continuously loop.
The first thing I need to do is I need to make this a movie clip. So I am going to up my Library panel, and I am just going to drag this movie clip into the Library, and I am going to go ahead and make sure this is a Movie Clip and these are just going to be my clouds, just like that. So if I double-click on it, notice that I am inside of this clouds movie clip.
So I can go ahead and animate it, but if I animate it on the main timeline it's only going to exist within that part of the main timeline. So what I can do is I can create an animation inside of a movie clip. So, I am going to go ahead and take this clouds movie clip, and I want this to be in a new movie clip called Clouds Animation. So I am going to go ahead and drop this into the Library as well, and I will call this Clouds Animation, just like that, select OK.
Because inside of this movie clip, that's where I want to do the animation. So I am going to double-click, and now I am inside of that clouds animation. And here, remember I made this a movie clip as well. It has to be a movie clip, because I want to animate it. Okay, so with it selected, I am going to go ahead and animate these clouds. So I am going to go ahead and select Frame 50 and I am going to right-click and I am just going to Insert Frame.
Because over this course of time what I want to do is add some animation. And in order to do that, all I need to do is click anywhere in here and if I do a right-click I can select Create Motion Tween. Notice how it turns to blue, and now it's basically ready to be animated. So my starting frame is right here, so I want to scroll down to about Frame 50 right down here, and in Frame 50 I can select this graphic and just move it across this Stage, so its right edge meets the right edge of the Stage like that.
And notice how it creates this motion path right here. So now if I go back to Frame 1 and I hit Enter, I can see the clouds move across the screen. So remember, I am within this clouds animation. That's pretty darn cool. Quite frankly, it's going kind of fast. Okay, so I want this to be a little smoother. So what I can do is grab that 2nd keyframe and move it all the way down. I am going to move it down quite away to just go about Frame 600.
Okay, so this is going to happen over the course of 25 seconds. Okay, so that's the animation that is going to take place. Let's just try and scroll back down, select Frame 1 and hit Enter and you can see it move. But I want to see it within context of everything else. So I am going to click back on Scene 1, and notice that if I hit Enter I am not going to see it moving here either. What I actually need to do is I need to do a Test Movie, and now we can see, although all this other animation is going on, I can see those clouds sort of slowly moving across the screen, and that just adds sort of another dimension to this web site.
So, the next step is to animate in the content of each one of these sections.
- Understanding web design
- Creating buttons and web graphics in Photoshop
- Formatting text with the Text Layout Framework
- Using the Timeline
- Creating a custom looping animation
- Loading images in a gallery
- Creating invisible buttons
- Adding music and video to a site
- Customizing video playback controls
- Optimizing and publishing a web site
Skill Level Beginner
Q: I followed all the steps and suggestions in the "Adding a progress bar" video, but when I add the progress bar to my web site, I can’t remove it once the index.swf file loads up. The progress bar remains on the homepage and the rest of the pages. How do I make it disappear once the site loads?
A: To make it disappear, just make sure the progress bar is only in frame 1. If it’s on its own layer, then right-click on the 2nd frame in that same layer and select "Insert Blank Keyframe." That will make it disappear.
Q: Despite following the steps in the "Adding a progress bar" video, I cannot figure out how to keep the progress bar from appearing on a movie that has finished loading. How can I make the progress bar disappear?
A: Just add the red line below to the preloader.fla file. This will make the progress bar invisible: