How To: Create a smoke effect in Adobe Flash

Here’s a technique for creating smoke in Flash using the lighten blending mode and motion editor. For more Adobe software tutorials from Layers Magazine, search Layers Magazine on WonderHowTo. WonderHowTo indexes all Layers Magazine tutorials for Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver and Flash.

How To: Smooth and straighten lines in Adobe Flash

First select the pencil tool then click on pencil mode which is located at the bottom of the toolbar, select straighten and draw a line as in the video. Now you can see that the line is automatically adjusted, it will make the round and straight shape in the line depending on how you drew it. Now delete your shapes and select the smooth in pencil mode and draw a line as in the video. Now you can see that the line is automatically smoothed. And finally select the ink in pencil mode and draw a ...

How To: "Grab" flash files from websites

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to grab flash files (.swf) from websites. Begin by going to the website and locates the flash file that you want. Right-click on the page and select "View Page Source". Go to the Media tab and copy the URL that ends with .swf. Paste it into your address bar and go to the site. Click on File and select Save Page As. Choose the location, name the file and select Save. The file will download and you will be able to access it whenever you want. This video...

How To: Create a glowing object animation in Flash

This video shows you how to create a glowing object in Adobe Flash CS3 Professional software. This is a tutorial video for beginner level viewers. Making objects glow is one of the many effects that can be applied in Flash. In this video the narrator draws a shape, converts the shape into a movie and adds a glow filter to the object. Watch this video and learn the correct parameters to be supplied to the program to get the desired glow effect.

How To: Link to a URL in Flash

1. The following Steps shows how to open a URL in a Web Browser, using a Button Click from a Flash Application. 2. Open a new Flash Application and place a Rectangle Shape from Tools and inside place a Text Box and Enter a Text named "URL". 3. Then convert it to Symbol by Right Click->Convert to Symbol and selecting type as Button. 4. Goto Button Properties and Name the button instance as "btnurl" 5. Then in the Action Screen Create a OnRelease() Event function for Button "btnurl" 6. use a me...

How To: Create textures and add them to a character in Flash

Creating textures in Photoshop and applying them to Flash animations is one of the most effective ways to make your characters look unique (watch the anime series Gankutsuou if you need proof). This video will teach you how to import custom textures from Photoshop into Flash and then apply them to parts of your characters. This allows you to apply a limitless variety of colors and effects to sections of your characters and make them much more lifelike.

How To: Use Macromedia Flash 8

This how to video shows you how to use the program Macromedia Flash 8. First, open the program and click Flash Document. Next, select show frame in the drop down menu. Next, right click and select insert layer. Select the pen tool and choose a size. Next, select a color and then draw a picture. Click the other layer and zoom in. Click the onion skin. Continue to draw and then press F7. Keep on doing this for each new animation. Click control and test the movie. Go to file and save the file. Y...

How To: Create a scroll text using buttons & actionscript

Tasktutorial teaches you how to create a scrolling text box using buttons and ActionScript in Flash. Create a dynamic text field and then right click and make it scrollable. Create scroll buttons using two simple rectangles. Convert those to buttons using shortcut F8. Click the button and go to Window - ActionScript. Copy the text from the video to make the buttons scroll the text. You can test the movie by going to Control and then Test Movie. This will bring up a new window and you can see ...

How To: Create a black & white mask animation in Flash

In this flash tutorial the instructor shows how to make a black and white mask animation. To do this, first start by importing your image into the flash tool and bring it on to the scene. The image should be wider than the scene. Now select and distribute the layers. Now convert those images into movie clips. Now go to frame 80 and add all frames. Get back to the first layer and create a shape that is the your mask. Now go to frame 40, select key layer and add free transform tool. Now, mask t...

How To: Resize keyframes in Adobe Flash

You can resize keyframes in Adobe Flash and you can do this for anything like images, animation etc. So to do this first click on your first keyframe and hold down the shift key and then click on the last keyframe. Now select the free transform tool and resize that as showing in the video but it only resize the keyframe on which the header currently is. So now this time right click on the keyframes and choose copy frames. Now make a new layer and hide your old one. Now select the pencil tool ...

How To: Use the bone tool to create animation in Flash CS4

The bone tool is one of the most important tools in Flash for creating basic animations. It allows you to give your characters virtual bones which you can manipulate to make them move. This video tutorial will show you how to use the bone tool to create a simple animation of a dancing cartoon cow. It is very cute, and this tool will be the basis of many of your future, more cinematic works.

How To: Make a website using Adobe Flash CS4

Creating a website from scratch is one of the most productive and most challenging things that you can do on a computer, whether the site promotes your own services and interests or you're being paid to make it for someone else. This nine-part video will walk you through the entire process of making a website using Flash CS4. It is very complete, and if you have the patience to watch all nine parts you should be well on your way to creating a really cool, high-traffic site.

How To: Change/convert a pivot animation into an AVI video

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to change/convert a pivot animation into an AVI video format. Begin by loading the animation in the Pivot program. Now click on File and select the Save as type to Animated gif. Nam the file and click on Save. Then open Windows Movie Maker and add the pivot animation into the time line. click on Publish Movie and select This Computer. Name the file and select the save location. Click on More Settings and select DV-AVI (PAL) and click on Publish. This ...

How To: Make objects in Adobe Flash

In this video, we learn how to make objects transparent in Flash. First, open your object up and convert it to a symbol in Flash. It doesn't matter if it's a graphic or movie clip, just make sure it's a symbol. Next, click on the symbol you just created and go to "properties". Find the section called "color effect" then find the drop down menu. You will see several options, choose "Alpha". Once you do this, you will have the ability to tweak how transparent you want your object to be. Use the...

How To: Create draggable masks in Flash

1. In the Flash Application go to new and select Flash File ActionScript 3.0. 2. Change the stage size to 600*450(width and height) in the property section. 3. Then goto file import image and select the background image. 4. Rename the layer1 to image and go to modify->convert to symbol and name that as mac-clip 5. Create two new layers namely Mask and As. 6. In the Mask layer draw a poly star image and convert it to movie clip symbol 7. Select As layer go to windows-> action, then add the eve...

How To: Turn a black & white image to color animation in Flash

If you don't know how to turn a black and white image into color animation in flash, then this is the perfect video for you. This tutorial is perfect for newcomers! In the video, you will learn how to import images, make layers, and transform them into movie clips. This video will show you the best and easiest way to turn a black and white image into color animation in flash. This video is what you are looking for!

How To: Use getURL in Actionscript in Flash

1. This video shows how to use getURL in Flash ActionScript. 2. Create a new flash application and draw a circle with blue color using tools. 3. Place a text box over the circle and enter the text inside the text box. 4. Then make that circle and text box a button object using the "convert to symbol" menu. 5. Then open the action script window. 6. Create a variable named "url" with string value named Wen Arene. 7. Then create UrlRequest object. 8. Then add a button click event listener for th...

How To: Create a mouseover link in Flash

This is a video tutorial on how to create a mouseover link (button) in Flash. According to the author, this is an extremely easy task, the first step of which is to select the file in which the button is to be made. Then, on the extreme right-hand side, in the middle of the column of icons, one has to choose the button icon, and then select which shape and color of the button one would prefer. The text is then typed in the text box selected over the button, and converted into a symbol by pres...

How To: Work with text in Flash

In this Adobe Flash CS3 Professional video the instructor shows how to work with text. This video shows how to work with text in flash and various other tips. First open your flash and create the text. Now format the text using the formatting option and by setting the proper font, color etc. Now convert your text fields to symbols by right clicking them and choosing the required option. You can also mask them to create animated text. Use different layers in your video, one for actions and the...

How To: Create a big to small text animation in Flash

A great free video training from tasktutorial on how to create a cool movie text effect in Flash. Start by creating the text; type in "cool", rename the layer and lock it. Now type "movie" and rename the layer. Type in "effect" and rename this layer as well. Now focus on the first layer. Convert it to movie clip. Now convert the other two layers to movie clips as well. Stack the three layers on top of each other. Next add a key frame starting from frame 10. Select the "cool" layer. Re-size it...

How To: Create rain in Flash CS3

In this Adobe Flash CS3 tutorial you will learn how to create rain. Chris Georgenes shows you how to create animated rain drops in Flash CS3. He also shows you how to create puddles and put everything together for one cool rainy watery effect in Flash. Create rain in Flash CS3.

How To: Motion tween with the motion editor in Flash CS4

The new motion editor in Flash CS4 is a welcome addition to the Flash toolkit and it has some new options to speed up motion tweening. However, there are still some techniques that will require users to employ the classic tween. David Stiller goes over one of those techniques and looks at some of the new motion tweening features in Flash CS4 and the Flash CS4 motion editor. Motion tween with the motion editor in Flash CS4.

How To: Create an action safe and title safe template in Flash

In this video tutorial from CreativeCOW leader Tony Ross, you will learn to create an Action/ Title Safe template in Flash. Use this as a guide when making animations or motion graphics going to DVD or TV. Using rectangle tool, transform window, saving layers as a guide, and learn to save a document as a template. Create an action safe and title safe template in Flash.

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