HomeFlash Page 3 - Flash 101 (part 3): Bouncing Around
The Colour Purple - Flash
Last time, you learned the basics of animation by creating aframe-by-frame motion clip. This time, find out how Flash's powerfultweening tools can help you create good-looking animation clips withminimal time and effort. Also covered: shape hints and motion guides.
Let's begin with a simple motion tween that will better illustrate the concept. Open up a new Flash movie, and use the Circle tool to draw a simple ellipse. Fill it with your favourite colour.
You'll notice that Flash automatically adds a keyframe at frame #1 when you create the ellipse.
Convert the ellipse to a graphic symbol - it should show up in the Library window.
Now, click on frame #10, insert a new keyframe, and move the ellipse to a new location on the Stage. Go back to frame #1, and pop open the Window -> Panels -> Frame panel. Select "Motion" in the Tweening box. The area between frames #1 and #10 should fill up with a light purple colour and a solid arrow - this indicates a motion tween.
Play the animation - your ellipse should move smoothly from its original location to the new location you specified.