Join Anastasia McCune for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with movie clips and graphic symbols, part of Up and Running with Flash Professional.
There are three different types of symbols in Flash.…Let's take a look at two of them that are similar to each other;…Movie Clips and Graphic symbols and discuss why you would use each one.…Let's start with a new blank FLA document and examine the Movie Clip symbol first.…Let's draw our star so I'm going to grab my PolyStar tool and now in the…Property Inspector under the Tools Settings, choose Options.…Under the dropdown, I'm going to choose star since I don't want a polygon and…I'll make it have five sides or points.…Let's give it a black stroke and a yellow fill and draw the star on the stage.…
Now to convert it to a symbol, you may remember from the previous video that…there are a lot of ways to do this.…For now, I'm going to select the shape with my Arrow tool, right-click and…choose Convert to Symbol.…The Convert to Symbol dialog box appears.…So I'm going to give my symbol a name that makes sense, so "star" and make sure…the dropdown is set to Movie Clip and click OK.…So now if you open your Library, you see the star movie clip appearing there and…
- 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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