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Flash Animation Learning Guide

Design TrainingMacromedia Flash Basic 8 and Flash Professional 8 offer several ways to include animation and special effects in your document. For example, you can create twined animations using the Timeline and Flash workspace, automated Timeline effects (by making selections in a dialog box), or Action Script code.

To create twined animations, you create starting and ending frames and let Flash create the animation for the frames in between. Flash varies the object’s size, rotation, color, or other attributes between the starting and ending key frames to create the appearance of movement. You can also create animation by changing the contents of successive frames in the Timeline. You can make an object move across the Stage, increase or decrease its size, change its color or shape, rotate it, and even fade in or out. Changes can occur independently of, or in concert with, other changes.

For example, you can make an object rotate and fade in as it moves across the Stage. In frame-by-frame Flash Animation, you create the image in every frame.You have several options when creating twined animations. You can create traditional frame-by-frame animations (see the section, Creating Frame-by-Frame Animations), motion twines (see Creating Motion Twins), or shape twins (see Creating Shape Twines).

Timeline effects include animated vector effects such as blur, expand, and explode (see Figure 1). This feature makes it easy to animate an object: you can simply select the object and then select an effect and specify its parameters. With Timeline effects, you can accomplish in a few easy steps a previously time-consuming task that required more advanced knowledge of animation.flash-animationsjpg

Figure 1. Animation created using the Blur Timeline effect without any need for code or motion twines
You can also create an animation by writing Action Script code, which is sometimes called scripted animation. There are different ways you can script animation: you can write Action Script to handle all aspects of the animation or you can use prebuilt classes and simpler code to create an animation. Using prebuilt classes makes animating with code quite easy.

Using code to create Flash Animations and effects often reduces the file size of your finished application, and can also improve the performance and consistency of the animation itself. At times, Action Script-based animations might even reduce your workload: code can be faster to write, and it’s easy to apply to many instances at once or reuse in other applications. The following sections introduce you to scripted animation fundamentals, animation using the Tween and Transition Manager classes, and integrating animation with both the Drawing API and filter classes.

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