Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a symbol, part of Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5.
At the backbone of Flash are symbols, which are basically graphic stored in the…Library that can be reused over and over.…But it really goes beyond that, because symbols can be animated and have…interactivity associated with them, just to name a few things.…That's what I want to do with this navbar right here.…As you can see, I have it selected, and in order to convert it to a symbol, all…I really need to do is click and drag it into the Library.…As soon as I let go, it gives me the opportunity to convert it to a symbol.…
From there, I can just call this navbar.…I am just going to really make a movie Clip symbol right now, so I am going to…select a movie clip, keep my registration point where it is, select OK.…So now as I take a look at this graphic in my Properties panel, you can see that…it's an instance of the navbar.…So you can have many instances.…In fact, that's what I want to do right now is drag out another instance of that navbar.…In fact, what I can do is I can sort of move it down the page.…
- 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: