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Chapter 9. Animation with Motion Tweening > Animating Color Effects

Animating Color Effects

Tweening is not just about changing the position of an item on the Stage. You can also tween changes to the color of symbol instances.

To change a symbol's color over time:

1.
Create a new Flash document.

2.
On the Stage, place a symbol in Frame 1.

3.
In the Timeline, select Frame 5, and choose Insert > Keyframe.

Flash duplicates the contents of Frame 1 in a new keyframe.

4.
With Frame 5 as the current frame, select the symbol and change its color.

(To change the color of a selected symbol, choose Modify > Instance or set new parameters in the Effect panel. For detailed instructions on editing symbols, see Chapter 6.)

5.
Select any of the frames in the first keyframe unit (frames 1, 2, 3, or 4), and choose Insert > Create Motion Tween.

Flash recolors the object in three transitional steps, one for each in-between frame (Figure 9.12).

Figure 9.12. You can change the color of a symbol rather than its position in a motion tween. Flash creates transitional colors for each in-between frame.



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