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Animation in Flash

Animation in Flash is easy! Let's look at a couple of different ways to achieve animation in Flash.

We built tweens in the “Button and Symbols making" tutorial, but let's do a quick review.

Shape Tween

Shape Tweening Heart Shape Tweening Star



Motion Tween

Animations can be reused. For example, let's say you create an animation in a movie symbol of a bouncing ball. You could pull that ball out of the Library as many times as your computer can handle. You can put them all on independent layers, animate the position, scale, tint, alpha, etc.

Animating along a Path

Let's say you want a small airplane to follow a path from the ground up to the clouds.

Frame by Frame Animation

This is the most file-size intensive method, but sometimes it's the only way to get the effect you want.You can turn on a nifty feature called Onion Skinning to see surrounding frames so you can more accurately draw your frame.

Onion Skin Icon


Smiley Face Animation


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