Join Anastasia McCune for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding document settings and orientation, part of Up and Running with Flash Professional.
Let's start getting familiar with the workspace in Flash.…So I'm going to start by opening up a blank ActionScript 3.0 document and taking…a look at a few important settings.…The first thing you probably notice in your screen is the big blank rectangle in the middle.…In Flash, this is known as the stage, and this is where you will place all your…content for your Flash movie.…You can place content on the screen, but off the stage if you wish.…The area around the stage is known as the pasteboard, and for an example, I'm…going to select my Rectangle Tool and quickly draw a rectangle half on the stage…and half on the pasteboard.…
To preview your SWF file, press Command or Ctrl and then enter on your keyboard;…this way you can preview what the finished product would look like, and as you…can see, we only see half of the rectangle.…So while it's okay to put things onto the pasteboard, if you want your content…to appear in your final finished SWF file, it has to be on the stage.…Starting visual objects off-screen on the pasteboard can be a good way to create…
- Choosing the type of document to work with
- Changing document settings and orientation
- Importing bitmaps and vector files
- Organizing layers
- Understanding the timeline, frames, and keyframes
- Creating shapes
- Understanding the three symbol types (graphics, buttons, and movie clips)
- Defining motion and shape tweens
- Nesting timelines
- Using effects and masks
- Working with text
- Importing and adding audio and video
- Publishing your project
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Basics of Flash
2. Introducing the Workspace
3. Creating Graphics
Transforming visual objects5m 46s
4. Understanding Symbols
5. Introducing Tweening
6. Using Effects and Masks
7. Working with Text
8. Incorporating Audio in Flash
9. Understanding ActionScript
10. Working with Video
11. Publishing a Flash Document
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