CS 325 and Film 385: Introduction to Flash


Highlights of this lab:

  • What is Flash?
  • Flash's Environment
  • Drawing with Flash
  • Motion Tween
  • Using a Motion Guide
  • Working With Buttons
  • Publishing Your Flash Movie
  • Assignment

:: What is Flash? ::

Flash is a vector graphic based application. It is used worldwide to produce movies, animation, presentations and more. You can use it to create presentations for your company, equipped with an up to date database to show the right information at the right time. Flash is easy to use and an effective tool in the web development industry. One advantage to Flash is it is a cross-browser platform, which means you can show your movies in any browser out there, such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.


:: Flash's Environment ::

The Flash Workspace:

The Flash workspace consists of five main components:

Flash 5, now allows you to import MP3 sound files. This new feature allows you to play music, add sound effects to your buttons, etc. This new feature is only useful using supported sound files, such as .mp3 and .wav.

Flash Library:

The library is just a small database where Flash stores all your graphics and symbols. From the library, you can click and drag symbols onto your stage area, which saves you a lot of time, instead of re-creating new graphics.

Flash Symbols

In Flash, a symbol represents a movie clip, button or graphic that you have created. Symbols make it easier to use the same object over and over again without having to re-create it, which is a waste of time. In this section, we will learn how to create, modify and remove symbols you have created. We will also learn how to add effects to these symbols, enhancing your movie.

Flash Layers

Layers are simple transparent sheets that are placed one on top of each other. These layers can be moved around, added and they can also be deleted. They organize your movie without affecting the rest of your movie.


:: Drawing with Flash 5 ::

For this lab we are going to make a simple boat movie. Sounds like fun??, "No!", well too bad!...no, no, it'll be fun!

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:: Using a Motion Guide ::

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:: Publishing Your Flash Movie ::

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:: Assignment ::

For this lab assignment I want you to simply follow the instruction for this lab and create a flash animation or button. The animation or button can be exactly as descibed above.

Submit your flash file on Web-CT, in the assignments folder using the link for this lab assignment. This is due on Oct 4th at 11:00am. Have fun!


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