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Reversing Frames

Sometimes, you can save work by creating just half the animation that you need and letting Flash do the rest of the work. Think of the candle flame that you created in the preceding section. You might want the flame to grow larger and then shrink back to its original size. The shrinking phase is really just the reverse of the growing phase. You can make a copy of the growing-flame animation and then have Flash reverse the order of the frames.

To reverse the order of frames:

1.
Open the document that you created in the preceding section.

This movie spans five frames on three layers. The first keyframe shows the flame as three concentric oval shapes; the final keyframe shows the flame in a taller, flickering configuration.

2.
In the Timeline, select all five frames on all three layers.

3.
In one of the selected frames, Control-click (Mac) or right-click (Windows) to access the contextual frame-editing menu; then choose Copy Frames (Figure 11.20).

Figure 11.20. The contextual menu for frames lets you copy all currently selected frames with a single command.


4.
In the Timeline, select Frame 6 in all three layers.

5.
In one of the selected frames, Control-click (Mac) or right-click (Windows) to access the contextual frame-editing menu, and choose Paste Frames from that menu.

Your movie now contains two back-to-back animation sequences of the growing flame (Figure 11.21).

Figure 11.21. After you paste the copied selection, the second tween sequence ends with the tall, flickering flame.


6.
In the Timeline, select frames 6 through 10 on all three layers.

7.
From the Modify menu, choose Frames > Reverse (Figure 11.22).

Figure 11.22. Choosing Modify > Frames > Reverse rearranges the order of selected frames. Use this command to make a selected tween go in "reverse."


Flash reverses the tween in the second sequence so that the flame starts out tall and flickery and winds up in the final keyframe in its original oval configuration (Figure 11.23).

Figure 11.23. After you reverse the frames, the second tween sequence ends with the oval flame.



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