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Adobe Flash CS4 Professional How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques by Mark Schaeffer

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Chapter FiveCreating Basic Animation

If you’ve created artwork in Photoshop or Illustrator (or on paper, for that matter), you’re accustomed to drawing in visual space. What you may not be used to is drawing in time.

Time is what makes animation possible. Animation isn’t just cartoon characters running around; it’s any incremental change in visual elements over time. Text moving across the stage is animation; so is a black-and-white photo that blossoms into color.

If you’re planning to use Flash strictly as an ActionScript programming environment—for example, to make dynamic Web interfaces—you may think it’s not important to know how to create animation. In Flash, however, Web interfaces or online applications are animation. (After ...

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