Join Anastasia McCune for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding masks, part of Up and Running with Flash Professional.
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Masking in Flash is a technique where you can make only certain parts of…the screen visible.…You achieve the effect using layers and is not unlike using masks in other…programs like Adobe Photoshop.…To practice with masks, open the file called mask.fla in the Exercise Files for this chapter.…The file has three layers in it.…If you turn the visibility of the background layer on and off, you'll see this…is where the image of the flower is.…This is an instance of the blue- flowers.jpg in the Library. All right!…Let's go ahead and lock this layer and now let's turn the visibility of the…text layer off and on.…
This is where the word flutterby is and you can see it's an instance of the…movie clip called "text" in the Library. All right!…Let's lock the text layer and this pretty much leaves us the butterfly.…Open the library and you'll see the butterfly movie clip.…The butterfly doesn't just sit there.…Go ahead and test the movie by pressing Command+ or Ctrl+Enter and you'll…see the butterfly's wings move.…
- 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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