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Flash 8 Interface Flash 8 counts with the most handy and intuitive environment or working interface. Moreover it has an advantage because it is similar to other Macromedia programs (Dreamweaver, Freehand, Director), it makes easier to assuming Flash, and faster its management and control. We will see this after opening Flash 8 for the first time:
Optimize or of the same movie (Layer. actions. scenes… Modify: The option Transform permits one to modify the graphics existing in the movie. Window: In addition to the classical options of distributing the windows. it also allows you to customize some of the most common options of the program. opening and saving archives… Import has exceptional power. It will be further handled in more details Commands: Allows administrating the Commands (group of saved sentences that allows to emulate what user can introduce to the edition environment) that we had saved in our animation. It also enables to configure the printing pages. Other options allows you to modify characteristics of the animation elements Smooth. it inserts to the current movie nearly all types of archives (sounds. from the current manual up to the Action Script. Insert: It permits you to insert objects into the movie. Scene…). Text: Its contents affect the edition of text. Paste… objects or as well images or frames. Test Movie . videos. layers.Menu Bar The Menu Bar is aimed to make easier the access to different program features. View: Apart from.. and the option Draw Bitmap allows to modify current graphics in vector maps (this theme will be studied further). etc… Edit: It is a classic menu that allows you to Cut. although it has some particularities. to obtain other news from the Macromedia page or execute what we already have. typical Zooms. It also includes the possibility to create a grid and some guides. It is similar to any other web or graphic designer program. Control: From here you modify the properties of the movie reproduction Play. Rewind. print them. Copy. as well as new frames. Help: From here we can access to all the help that Macromedia offers to us.. this menu includes shortcuts to ALL the Panels. images and even Flash movies) or thePublication Settings option from which you can modify the characteristics of the publications.. guided lections etc… Timeline . it allows you to move the frames and scenes. These ones can be selected from submenu Grid and Guidesfrom where you can configure its options. going through tutorials. Let's see the main Submenus you can access to: File: It allows creating.
The Flash movie will not be only the frames that appear on the Timeline one after another in the order established by the same Timeline The Layers The concept of the Layer is basic to manage Flash efficiently. the frame Speed (12. the Timeline represents the succession of frames in the Time.0 in the image) and the Time of the movie (0. Moreover. Furthermore the use of many layers gives place to a good-ordered movie and of easy use (for example. Even so. there are some tools on the bottom to work with Onion paper and its information about the Number of current frame (1 in the image). For this. It consists of two parts: 1) The Frames that limited by vertical (forming rectangles) are lines 2) The Numbers of frames that allow us to know the assigned number of each frame. we will create as many layers as necessary. Frequently it could be interesting. A Layer could be defined as one independent movie of only one level. it is convenient to fix the sounds at one independent layer called "Sounds").The Timeline represents a simple mode of visualization. Because of its importance we will dedicate an entire unit to it. one layer contains its own Timeline (with endless frames) The objects that are at one Layer share a frame and due to this fact they can "get mixed up" among themselves. let's see a great characteristics of the layers. That is to say. We will see the advantages and disadvantages of using layers in the Unit 8. On the definition level. but other times it is convenient to separate the objects in order that they do not interfere among them.0 in the image). . its duration and when it will appear in the movie.
Match: It causes the coincidence of the movie with the selected size Background Color: The color selected here will be the one of the entire movie. For this fill the Title and Description fields. Frame Rate: Or the number of frames per second that appear at the movie. let's see them: The most important part is the Stage. in order to access them.The Working Area The Working Area consists of numerous parts. The Stage has very important properties. right-click on anywhere on the Stage with no objects and then on Document Properties: Add metadata to your files so they can be indexed in the search engines. Tools Bar. Dimensions: They fix the size of the movie. Make Default: Allows to store the properties of the current document and to apply them to all the new created documents from this moment. Ruler units: Unit used to measure the quantities. . due to the fact that they coincide with Document Properties. These properties could be changed from this panel whenever you wish them to. The smallest size is of 1 x 1 px (pixels) and the biggest one is of 2880 x 2880 px. we will draw and fix different elements of our movie.
Its main use is to select objects. it does. Eraser Tool: It works like the Brush Tool. Pencil Tool: It allows drawing lines. Its properties will be shown in the next theme. its adequate use can save time of our work. it allows selecting the borders of the objects. We can modify its thickness and stroke shape. the borders (with double click). The lines are created as in any program of drawing. Brush Tool: Its functionality is equivalent to the pencil. Many other programs of drawing don't allow to apply fillings if a border doesn’t limit the zone. The Oval Tool enables drawing circles or ellipses in a fast Rectangle Tool: Its handling is identical to the Oval Tool. Once created.. Moreover.. Text Tool: It creates a text in the place where we click. It is usually useed for fills. Let's see which of them are the most important and how they are used: Selection (arrow) Tool : It is the most used tool among all. The Tools Bar contains all necesary Tools for the drawing. Nevertheless its function is to erase everything what "it draws".Basic Tools. and in any other part near the straight line to curve it. Tools Bar . Line Tool: It allows creating straight lines in a quick way. Oval Tool: and simple way. the line can be modified just by placing the cursor near the line: above of the extremes for dragging them. Paint Bucket Tool: It lets you apply fillings to the created objects. after being drawn you will be able to edit its shape as you like. The color applied by this Tool can be modified from the Color Mixer Panel or from the subpanel Colors that is in the Tool Bar. but its stroke is much more thicker. The color applied by this Tool can be modified from the Colors Mixer Panel or from the subpanel Colors that are in the Tool Bar. Click and drag to show up a straight line until the desired end point. zones on our choice. the fillings (with only one click). they only differ in the objects they create.
Lasso Tool: Its function is complementary to the Arrow Tool..e. then objects seem to be "grouped". changes the color of the boundary with one click in the Colors Mixer Panel. Smoothening: It softens the straight segments in less rigid lines. Eyedroppers Tool: Its mission is to "Capture" colors to use them afterwards. and then drag the tangent on them. Its use consists in clicking on the places that we want to define as vertices of the polygons. The way to access to this Submenus consists in clicking on the line or on the drawn object. In order to access these utilities. we advice you to see the following animation: Tools Bar Options Some Tools have special options that eases and strengthens their use. To see how it works. although it's one of the most powerful tools that Flash provides. In counterpart. By selecting this Tool. if it is possible. rectangles.) in a simple way. In order to create curves. . Many people find this tool to be complicated.Advanced Tools. Subselection Tool: This Tool complements the Pen Tool. which is so popular in other programs. indicate the anchor points. the following images appear on the Options Panel : This is the Magic Wand Tool. The third option you have is the following: to select polygon shapes. which limit curvature. theLasso Tool can't select fillings nor objects (if we don’t make the selection by hand). since it can select any object in a free way (the Arrow Tool can only select objects or rectangular or square zones). It is applied to objects with borders. It lets you make selections according to the objects color. Then a submenu will appear (or it will highlight if it is already present) as: Adjusting Objects : It is used to make objects to "fit" with others.. to intersect its borders. i. sometimes it is not enough to click on the corresponding Tool. as far as it lets us move or adjust the vertices that make up the objects created by the above mentioned tool. It allows you Pen Tool: creates polygons (and moreover straight lines. Ink Bottle Tool: It is used to change quickly the color of a stroke.
By doing this. we press on the tab that is closer to the icon of the Pencil Tool and if we want to modify a filling. (If we want to modify the color of a border. Color Swatches Panel The Color Swatches Panel allows to see the arranged colors in a quick and easy way. we can add it to our set of swatches by Adding Swatch (that is in a menu. it will be in our set of swatches. a Panel with many colors will appear. . a color does a gradient until it converts into another one. The filling type that we'll apply to the created objects also can be determined. Select one of them. just click on the tabs that are close to the icons of the Pen Tools or Paint Bucket. when we create a color with the Color Mixer Panel.Straightening: It does the inverse work. which is open in the right top of the Color Mixer Panel). but the gradient shade performs a circular pattern. It can shade from top to bottom or from one side to the other. we click on the tab that is closer to the Paint Bucket Tool). Radial Gradient: It is identical to the previous one. We can create differentes types of Fills Solid Fill: It consists in a filling formed by a single color. Color Mixer Panel: The Color Mixer Panel as its name indicates is used to create our own colors and to select colors that we like. Linear Gradient: It is a special filling type. Bitmap: It lets you put an image existing in the movie as filling. Once the color is added. It converts the rounded segments in more straight ones. In order to select a color. It also allows to introduce the code of the color according to the standard established by HTML. solid colors (only one color) as well as linear gradients or radial gradients. Moreover.
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