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Flash Journalism by Mindy McAdams

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Lesson 2

Simple Animation

Animating can be done in several ways, whether you’re using Flash or old-fashioned acetate cels. In all cases, something moves on the screen. For the approach taken in this lesson, you’re not expected to have any artistic skill or talent. You will create two basic shapes and make them travel across the screen independently of each other. This will involve all the fundamental elements of animation in Flash: symbols, the Timeline, frames, keyframes, layers, and tweening.

If you have ever made an animated GIF for the Web, you may have used frame-by-frame animation, which requires the creator to deliberately change the contents of each frame. A frame represents an instant in time. In Flash, you can change the duration ...

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