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Chapter 9. Animation with Motion Tweening > Moving Graphics Along a Path

Moving Graphics Along a Path

The preceding exercise showed how you can make graphics move all over the Stage in short, point-to-point hops. For a ball that bounces off the walls, ceiling, and floor, that’s appropriate. But for other things, you want movements that are softer—trajectories that are arcs, not straight lines. You could achieve this effect by stringing together many point-to-point keyframes, but Flash offers a more efficient method: the motion guide.

A motion guide is a graphic you create on a special separate layer. The motion guide defines the path for a linked, tweened graphic to follow. One motion-guide layer can control items on several layers. The motion-guide layer governs any layers linked to it. The linked layers are defined as guided layers in the Layer Properties dialog box.


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