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1. Introduction to Adobe Flash CS4
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In this video, you will learn about some of the advantages of using Flash and how Flash solves compatibility issues. (Running time - 4:11) (View larger image)

Introduction

2. Understanding the interface
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In this video, you will learn about the main components of the Flash interface. Skills introduced include: opening a file, creating a file from templates, using Flash exchange, opening the default workspace, and changing the toolbar from one column to two columns. (Running time - 4:46) (View larger image)

Interface




3. Understanding the pencil tool
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In this video, you will learn how to create freehand drawings using the pencil tool. Skills taught include: changing the stroke height, changing the stroke style, and using straighten, smooth, and ink pencil tool modes. (Running time - 2:38)

Pencil tool

4. Understanding strokes and fills
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In this video, you will learn how to modify the stroke and fill of an object. Skills taught include: creating ovals, changing the fill color, opening the property window, and understanding the difference between a merge drawing and an object drawing. (Running time - 3:14)

Strokes and fills

5. Creating round rectangles / gradient fills
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In this video, you will learn how to create rectangles with rounded corners and gradient fills. Skills taught include: creating a rectangle, using the property panel, and using the color panel to create a gradient fill. (Running time - 3:01)

Gradient fill

6. Using the pen tool
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In this video, you will learn how to use the pen tool to create complex shapes by combining curved and straight lines. Skills taught include: using the pen tool, using the selection and subselection tool, using the paintbucket, modifying an anchor point, and using the tangent handle. (Running time - 5:18)

Pen tool

7. Using the brush tool
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In this video, you will learn how to create and modify objects using the brush tool. Skills taught include: changing the brush size and the brush shape, changing the brush mode, and using paint behind and paint inside. (Running time - 3:26)

Brush tool

8. Creating animation: Text
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In this video, you will learn how to create frame by frame animation. You will learn about frames, keyframes, and blank keyframes. Skills taught include: using the timeline, adjusting the frame rate, inserting frames and keyframes, and using the frame view menu. (Running time - 10:07) (View larger image)



9. Creating animation: rolling ball
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In this video, you will learn more about animation such as applying a shape tween and reversing frames. Skills taught include: using the rectangle tool and the free transform tool, inserting layers, adding keyframes, changing the size of the stage, applying a shape tween, and reversing frames. (Running time - 6:49) (View larger image)






10. Using shape tweening
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In this video, you will learn how to create multiple shape tweens. Skills taught include: using the "Distribute to layers" option, using the free transform tool, changing the alpha value, applying a shape tween, displaying onion skinning, and using the break apart option. (Running time - 11:20) (View larger image)



11. Using onion skinning and animation
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In this video, you will learn how to use onion skinning to assist in creating animation. Skills taught include: using the pen and brush tool, inserting layers, grouping objects, inserting frames, rotating an object, and insert motion tweening. (Running time - 10:46) (View larger image)



12. Creating symbol instances
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In this video, you will learn how to create symbols and copies of the symbols (i.e., instances). Skills taught include: importing images to the library, renaming a layer, adding keyframes, changing the alpha value, grouping and ungrouping objects, displaying onion skinning, and applying motion and shape tweening. (Running time - 9:59) (View larger image)



13. Navigation buttons
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In this video, you will learn how to create navigation buttons. Skills taught include: using the "Create new symbol" option, converting an object to a symbol, using the filters panel, adding drop shadows and bevels, using the align panel, and duplicating a symbol. (Note: See other videos in this series on how to implement the buttons and add rollovers.) (Running time - 11:11) (View larger image)



14. Creating a motion guide
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In this video, you will learn how to create a motion guide that allows an object to animate along a path. Skills taught include: importing an image, inserting a layer, creating a motion tween, and using the option "Add motion guide." (Running time - 7:16) (View larger image)



15. Creating exploding text
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In this video, you will learn how to create exploding text. Skills taught include: using the option "Break apart" and "Distribute to layers," changing the alpha value, and using the "Free transform" tool. (Running time - 7:07) (View larger image)



16. Creating an animated bitmap
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In this video, you will learn how to create an animated bitmap that allows an image to fade in. Skills taught include: using the align window, inserting frames and keyframes, inserting blank frames, removing frames, and adding a motion tween. (Running time - 12:12) (View larger image)



17. Creating rollover and invisible buttons
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In this video, you will learn how to create buttons that change when the mouse is over them - providing the user visual feedback. Skills taught include: importing an image to the stage, inserting layers, duplicating a symbol, adding a behavior (go to web page), and using the oval tool. (Running time - 11:44) (View larger image)



18. Creating animated rollover buttons
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In this video, you will learn how to display a movie clip inside a button when the mouse is over the button. Skills taught include: creating a new symbol, changing the brightness, creating a motion tween, and adding a behavior (go to web page). (Running time - 11:11) (View larger image)



19. Creating a slide show
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In this video, you will learn how to create a movie that allows the user to navigate through images similar to a slide show. Skills taught include: importing images, using the align window, using the action panel, and testing a movie. (Running time - 11:13) (View larger image)



20. Working with dynamic text and scroll buttons
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In this video, you will learn how to load an external file into a Flash movie. You will also learn how to have text scroll up and down. Skills taught include: inserting dynamic text, using the transform option, and using the actions panel. (Running time - 9:32) (View larger image)

Dynamic text




21. Controlling sound
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In this video, you will learn how to include sound in your Flash movie files. You will also learn how to add buttons to allow visitors to stop or play the sound. Skills taught include: importing sound or music, adding a fade-in effect, using the behaviors panel (stop all sounds), and using the actions panel. (View action script) (Running time - 11:14) (View larger image)

Sound controls

22. Adding motion presets
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In this video, you will learn how to add motion presets and motion tweening. Skills taught include: fading in an object, adding timeline effects, using the align window, and adding motion tweening. (Running time - 8:45) (View larger image)



23. Putting it all together: Targeting scenes
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In this video, you will learn how to create multiple scenes, target the scenes using Actionscript, and create rollover buttons. Skills taught include: using the scene panel, using the actions panel, changing the tint, and copying and pasting frames. (Running time - 17:57) (View larger image)



24. Peeling a Page
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In this video, you will learn how to peel a page. Skills taught include: breaking apart and distorting an image. (Running time - 8:28) (View larger image)






25. Publishing and exporting
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In this video, you will learn how publish and export your Flash movies in various formats. You will also learn about the "Publish settings window". (Running time - 4:17) (View larger image)

Publishing and exporting

26. Multi-view image
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In this video, you will learn how to create a multi-view image. This will allow you to show objects from different directions or in different colors. (View action script) (Running time - 11:35) (View larger image)



27. Panning
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In this video, you will learn how to "pan" an image. Panning an image allows horizontal movement or the scanning of an image horizontally. (View Action Script) (Running time - 10:05) (View larger image)



28. Line Art Animation
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In this video, you will learn how to create line art animation. This will allow an object consisting of lines, rectangles, and text to slowly be displayed (Running time - 5:13) (View larger image)



29. Clock
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In this video, you will learn how to create a functioning clock that accesses the time on the client computer. The clock includes: second, minute, and hour hands. (Running time - 11:41) (View larger image)







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