Tag Archives: animation technique

Scene 17 :: Basic Masking

In Flash, the technique know as “masking” should really be named “revealing”. It can feel backwards, so just think…REVEAL and it’ll be easier. Here are examples of static masking (like a window) with moving content (something moving past the window), and animated masking (the spotlight) with static content (the text). Continue reading

Scene 15 :: Animated Symbol Revisited

Creating an Animated Symbol in the Library

We have already copied and pasted frames to create an animated symbol from the “handwriting” exercise. This is another approach, drawing directly into the symbol. Continue reading

Scene 13 :: Streaming Sound & Syncing Motion

Sound and images, together at last!

Some simple tips to help make syncing sound easier. Continue reading

Cleaning the Flash Library

Once you have your file completed, it’s a good idea to do some housekeeping. Chances are the library has accumulated unnecessary and duplicate symbols. Here’s how to clean it up. Continue reading

Scene 9 :: Display Effects

Blending layers can create beautiful effects.

With a little understanding of how mixing light works, you can better anticipate what these display effects – similar to the blend modes in Photoshop – can do.
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