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How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS5 by Chris Georgenes

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Transformation and distortion

The most basic of objects, the cube, can be brought to life using just the Free Transform tool. With a little rotating and distorting, you can easily create an animation that gives an otherwise boring subject some life and personality. The same techniques can be applied to almost any object including characters.

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SQUASH, STRETCH, BULGE, warp, distort, rotate, skew, deform – what do all these transformations have in common? Hint: it’s not how you felt after that second baked bean burrito you know you didn’t need to eat. Answer: it’s the Free Transform tool, the single most efficient and versatile tool Flash offers, ...

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