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Chapter 1. Introducing Flash > Conceptualizing Animation, Effects, and their To...

Conceptualizing Animation, Effects, and their Tools

Animation is the art of creating a series of differing images that creates the appearance of movement when played in rapid succession over time. In Flash, these images are placed on frames, which play at a rate that you specify. Faster frame rates create animation and effects that appear smoother to the eye. Slower frame rates (lower numbers) create jerkier animation. The kind of animation or effect you create determines how fast you need your frame rate to be.

Many people consider drawing and cartooning (such as character animation, lip syncing, and manipulating drawn objects) to be animation. Effects are very similar to animations, and some people might even consider them to be the same thing. Effects, in the context of this book, include ways of manipulating color, changing brightness, fading objects, and integrating video in Flash. You might consider these to be visual effects. These kinds of effects often involve the same techniques as animation, although they typically produce very different visual results in your SWF files.


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