Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating menu buttons, part of Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional.
One of the fundamental things you'll want to do in Flash is create a button…and eventually add interactivity to it, and that's what I want to do with this project.…I want to have each one of these items a button, as well as this John Doe be a button.…This is going to be my home button and this is the one I'm going to start with.…What I want to happen is I'm first going to give everything a Drop Shadow, just…to set it off from the background.…Then I want it to highlight red when you move your cursor over that particular item.…
Next, the down state when you click down on it, I want it to highlight white,…give it this white glow as well.…So that's what I want to do for the buttons is add a Drop Shadow, a roll over…red color, and a click white color to each one of these,…but the first thing I need to do is make it a button.…So that's what I want to do.…In my Timeline, in the content movie clip, I'm just going to double-click.…What I want to do is I want to take this text and convert it to a button.…
- Optimizing and publishing a Flash web site
- Designing a professional photo or video portfolio
- Adding button interactivity
- Adding functionality to portfolio thumbnails
- Displaying content with XML
- Adding audio to portfolio presentations
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: While following along with the course, I encountered the following error in Flash CS4:
1120: Access of undefined property content_mc.
What is causing this error?
A: Flash is looking for something (the content movieclip) with the instance name “content_mc” but it is not finding it. Select the content movieclip on the stage. In the Properties panel give it an instance name of “content_mc”. Make sure there are no spaces before or after. That should resolve the error.
Q: What is the best strategy for integrating 720/60P HD video into a website? Would creating a blank page that opens in full HD resolution be the best way to view the full quality of the HD video file?
A: A video file that large would just be unreasonable for most users to open. These settings are a good place to start: 600x400is
Bitrate level: 1,000kbps
Bitrate Encoding: VBR These are just recommendations, and can be modified to preference. Also keep in mind that in Flash, one of the buttons that can be added is a full screen button, which is part of the skins.