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Chapter 2. Animating with Motion Tweens > Using the Property Inspector

Using the Property Inspector

The Flash Property inspector is a useful, context-sensitive tool. When you select an object on the Stage, a frame, or a tool (in the Tools panel), the Property inspector updates to reflect your selection. Various relevant tools, text fields, buttons, sliders, and controls appear as a result, depending on that selection. You use the Property inspector to modify the properties, location, or instance name of a selected object. In some cases, you can modify properties over time by using keyframes and tweening. You can create the appearance of animation or movement over time using the Property inspector.

For example, you can change the color tint of a movie clip using the Property inspector and make it animate between the two tinted colors using a motion tween. Imagine that you have a movie clip on frame 1 that is orange. If you want the movie clip to tween between orange and another color by frame 10, you need to create a key frame on frame 10. You select the movie clip located at frame 10 and then select Tint from the Color pop-up menu in the Property inspector, as shown in the following figure.


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