Well, Flash lets you cut, copy, and paste not just the content of your frames but also your frames themselves from one part of your timeline to another. You may find this option useful for visually setting off one of your layers, making it easier to spot quickly. Moving a layer is easy: Just click to select a layer, and then drag it to reposition it and change the order in which Flash displays the content of your frames. Her work is much appreciated. Like a film director slaving away in the cutting room, as an animator you spend most of your time testing, editing, and retesting your movie.
In other words, select the frame after which you want to add the copied frames. We still share books and our love of reading every day. But for this example, hiding is the best way to go. The type of layer described in this chapter. Flash displays the mask icon next to Layer 2.
Tip You can change the color Flash uses to sketch your outlined content. If you move a series of regular frames, then Flash turns just the first moved frame into a keyframe. Discover how to turn simple ideas into stunning animations. Note As you might expect, showing, hiding, locking, unlocking, and outlining a layer folder affects every layer inside that folder. For example, in , the fence seems to be behind the flowers because, in the timeline, the fence layer is below the flowers layer. Here, Flash displays the flowers and fence layers in outline form so you can concentrate on shape and placement without being distracted by extraneous details. The content on the stage temporarily disappears.
Flash lets you create only one tween per frame span per layer. For most Flash folk, the shortcut keys shown in these steps are the fastest method. Turning on this checkbox tells Flash to display the content for this layer on the stage as wireframe outlines instead of the way it actually looks when you run the animation. Flash creates a new layer named Layer 2 and places it above Layer 1. You want to use ActionScript as opposed to moving frames when you want to give your audience the choice of viewing your animation in different ways. Clicking the down arrow collapses the folder and changes the down arrow to a right arrow.
Newly created layer folders appear expanded, like Folder 1 here note the down arrow. Now the pencil icon is next to Layer 2. Type a name in this text box to change the name of your layer. These functions let you create a piece of work once a word, line, shape, drawing, or what have you and then quickly recreate it to build something even more complex with a minimum of effort. Ron is also an accomplished classical violist and lives in northern California with his wife and fellow indexer, Annie, and his miniature pinscher, Kanga. Here, the cloud and fence layers are unlocked, and the birds layer and the selected flowers layer are locked.
The simplest is a circle or a square, but nice thick letters also make a compelling effect. Note Classic tweens work more like Shape tweens. Trust Flash Cs5: The Missing Manual — Dr Grover, Chris will give you everythingyou need to do the job. From the Layer Properties dialog box that appears, click the Outline Color swatch and then select a color from the color picker that appears. Nan Barber, my editor, has skillfully guided me through several of these projects. Masks hide part of a picture in order to reveal the important stuff—the subject.
Flash shows all layers until you tell it otherwise. Flash displays a pop-up menu. Keyframes are the only frames that contain unique, editable art. As always, thanks and love to my wife, Joyce, who supports me in everything I do. Instantly, the padlock turns into a dot, Flash reselects your objects, and you can edit them once again on the stage.
If your selection in step 1 included more than one layer, then Flash adds extra layers as needed. Bottom: Click the Edit Multiple Frames button, and all the images within the onion markers appear 100 percent opaque. Biersdorfer iPod: The Missing Manual, Eighth Edition by J. Up To Speed: Remove vs. Red is the color your competitor is using for its egg slicer launch. Layer 2 shows the blue motion tween highlight. For example, if you want your animation to show an actor being pelted with tomatoes from different angles, you can create a layer that shows a tomato coming in from stage right—perhaps using a Motion or Shape tween.