Flash Animation

If you want to learn more about Flash Animation, take our Flash CS4 tutorial. Our Flash CS4 tutorial covers everything you need to know to create Flash animation, including creating graphics, working with layers, and adding motion, sound, and text to a Flash CS4 movie.

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Draw the Buildings

You have created all your graphics and have stored them as symbols. You are now ready to create your movie. Start by drawing buildings.

Draw buildings

  1. Choose the Line tool.
  2. Activate the Property inspector.
  3. Choose Solid from the Style drop-down menu.
  4. Type 3.00 in the Stroke height field to set the line thickness.
  5. Move to the Stage and draw buildings as shown in the illustration. Remember: To draw a perfectly straight line, hold down the Shift key as you draw with the Line tool.

Add Color to the Buildings

Fill buildings

Fill the first building with color:

  1. Choose the Paint Bucket tool.
  2. Click on the Fill color box and then choose tan as the fill color.
  3. Click in the first building to fill the building with color.

Fill the next building with color:

  1. Click the Fill color box and then choose blue-green as the fill color.
  2. Click in the second building to fill the building with color.

Fill the last building with color:

  1. Click the Fill color box and then choose pink as the fill color.
  2. Click in the last building to fill the building with color.

Use the Paint Bucket tool to fill the doors with brown and the windows with light yellow.

Understand Layers

Think of a layer as a transparent sheet on which you paint. You can see through each layer to the layers under it until you add color. You can add layers, delete layers, and change the position of layers. Each layer is independent of all other layers. The layer you are currently working on is called the active layer. You can view layer information on the Timeline.

Rename a Layer

When working in Flash you should give your layers relevant names. You can use the Layer Properties dialog box to rename a layer.

Layers

Rename a Layer

  1. Click the layer you want to rename. In this case, you will rename Layer 1.
  2. Choose Modify > Timeline > Layer Properties from the menu. The Layer Properties dialog box appears.
  3. Type Buildings in the Name field.
  4. Click OK. Flash changes the name of the layer.

Note: You can also change the layer name by double-clicking the current layer name and then typing the new layer name.

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