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Lesson 9. Creating a Flash Movie > Preparing the Second and Third Screens

Preparing the Second and Third Screens

In this task you will relocate the screen elements in the second and third screens to their proper layers. The task is more or less a repetition of what you did in the previous task, both in terms of what you are doing and why.

1.
In the timeline, click to select Frame 47 of the freehand layer.

Notice the confusion of content—it seems that this screen has two screens of content in it.

In fact, it does have two screens of content. The reason is that Frame 47 of the freehand layer contains all of the contents for the second screen, and all of the contents for the first screen are in the photos, logo, text What is it, and text Organic farming layers. The problem is that these layers are gray (have content in them) all the way through the end of the movie. But you only want this content to exist during the first screen; once the second screen begins (in Frame 47), you don't want this content to exist on the stage any more.

2.
Click Frame 47 of the photos layer. Choose Modify > Timeline > Convert to Blank Keyframes.

This step inserts a blank keyframe. Remember, use a keyframe any time you want the contents on the stage to change, whether you are adding, relocating, or removing something. By inserting a blank keyframe, you effectively remove the gray placeholder graphic from this layer beginning in Frame 47, and yet the graphic remains on the stage for Frames 1 through 46, where it belongs.

3.
Repeat Step 2 to insert blank keyframes into Frame 47 of the logo, text What is it, and text Organic farming layers.

When you are finished with this step, only the original second screen is visible in Frame 47.

Now that these keyframes are created, you can put the correct content into them.

4.
Using the steps described in the previous task, move the placeholder rectangle (in place) to the photos layer, the logo to the logo layer, the text block “What is it?” to the text What is it layer, and the text block “Organic Farming” to the text Organic farming layer.

This time, the freehand layer isn't empty when you've moved these elements. It still contains three elements: the line below the title near the top, the body text paragraphs in the middle of the page, and the triangles and text associated with the button.

5.
Move the horizontal line to the logo layer. Insert a keyframe into Frame 47 of the text layer. Move the body text block to the text layer. Insert a keyframe into Frame 47 of the button layer. Move the objects associated with the button (one text block, two vector triangles) to the button layer.

When you are finished, the stage should look the same as it did after Step 3, but the timeline should now look entirely different, with content in almost all of the layers in Frame 47. Notice once again, though, that the freehand layer at the bottom is empty in Frame 47.

6.
Prepare for the third screen by creating empty keyframes in Frame 67 of the following layers.

photos

logo

text What is it

text Organic farming

text

button

When you are done, you should see only the contents of the third screen in Frame 67.

7.
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to move the contents of Frame 67's freehand layer to their proper layers.

When you are finished, the six layers should have content, and the freehand layer should be empty. The stage should look like it did after Step 6.

8.
Save the file.


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