Chapter 1. Basics

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS HOUR:

  • How to easily and quickly draw and animate a graphic

  • How to use Flash’s workspace

  • How to organize and use panels

  • How the Properties panel constantly changes to show you important information

  • The common file types related to Flash

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At first glance, the Flash CS4 environment doesn’t seem too complicated. During this hour, you begin drawing and animating very quickly. Before you get to that, you need to know a few things about the interface.

The Flash interface might look familiar to you because it shares some interface elements with other software you might have used. But, Flash is not just a graphic design software or a programming language. Flash is basically a hybrid. ...

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