Chapter 9. Animation with Shape Tweening

In shape tweening, as in motion tweening, you define the beginning and ending graphics in keyframes. Macromedia Flash MX 2004 creates the in-between frames, redrawing the graphic with incremental changes that transform it. The important difference between motion tweening and shape tweening is that motion tweening works on symbols and groups, and shape tweening requires editable graphics.

Shape tweening doesn’t restrict you to changing the graphic’s shape. You can change any of the graphic’s properties—size, color, location, and so on. Though it’s possible to shape-tween graphics that move in straight lines, you can’t make shapes follow a motion path as they tween. The other automated-motion features are ...

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