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Chapter 12. Animation > Building an Animated GIF

Building an Animated GIF

You can take three basic approaches to create and assemble animations in Fireworks. You can mix and match, overlap, and combine these techniques to create a your animations:

  • Graphic symbols are special objects created in Fireworks that can be copied throughout a document as updateable instances and controlled by the parent symbol. When the original symbol is altered, the instances are updated automatically. When you use graphic symbols, frames can be generated by “tweening” between two instances.

  • Animation symbols are the third method. These are, in a sense, advanced graphic symbols. They allow you create animation by assigning properties such as frames, movement, direction, scale, opacity, and rotation to objects.

  • The frame-by-frame approach is where you build and design an animation in what I call the “by-hand” method. In this method, you draw, paint, or compose the artwork to be animated on each frame.


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