Chapter 4: Applying Advanced Animation

In This Chapter

  • Making zoom and fade effects
  • Creating a custom motion path
  • Creating fade-outs and fade-ins
  • Copying and pasting motion
  • Creating motion presets
  • Affecting rate of speed with easing
  • Morphing graphics with shape tweens
  • Masking artwork and animation
  • Previewing a movie

With motion and shape tweens, creative animation possibilities are limited only by your imagination. You no doubt want to explore what's possible, and in this chapter, you get started with some popular animation effects, such as fades and transformations.

Creating Transformations

Some of the most common effects — such as zoom, flip, lean, and spin — are all different types of transformations, or changes to a symbol's dimensions, rotation, or skew. You can perform transformations on a symbol from the Property inspector, Free Transform tool, Transform panel, or Modify menu and combine transformations for many animation possibilities.

Follow these steps to create a zoom-in effect:

  1. 1. On the first frame of a new layer, use one of the Shape tools to create an interesting shape on the stage.
  2. 2. With the shape selected, choose ModifyImageConvert to Symbol.

    The Convert to Symbol dialog box appears.

  3. 3. Enter a name for the symbol in the Name text box, (for example, type Zoom Shape), select Graphic from the Type drop-down list, and click OK.

    The symbol is added to your library and ...

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