Join Anastasia McCune for an in-depth discussion in this video Using shape hints, part of Up and Running with Flash Professional.
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When Shape Tweening, sometimes you need to provide Flash with some hints about…how you want your shape to look as it morphs.…Shape Hinting is what you can use to help better control your Shape Tweens.…First let's set up an ugly shape tween.…So open a new blank document in Flash and right away grab your Text tool.…Choose an easy to read font like Arial at about 72 points and whatever color you'd like.…Now type the number 1 on the stage.…
Now right-click on Frame 24 and choose Insert Keyframe.…A new keyframe is inserted, with the information from frame 1 copied into it.…Use your Text tool to change the 1 into a lowercase a. Now grab your arrow from…the Toolbox and select your a. Go to the Modify menu and choose Break Apart,…once and then do it again.…Our letter is now a shape, you can tell by looking in the Property Inspector.…
Click over to Frame 1 and let's do the same for the number 1.…Modify Break Apart and then Modify Break Apart.…We have a starting and ending state for our Shape Tween, so all that's left is…
- 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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