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Hour 1. Basics > Task: Make an Animation in 30 Seconds

Task: Make an Animation in 30 Seconds

Just to prove that it can be easy, you'll make a simple animation in a matter of seconds. Follow these steps:

1.
Open Flash MX and make sure that you see a large white square in the center of your screen (it's called the Stage). If not, simply select File, New.

2.
Press the letter R to turn your cursor into a Rectangle tool. (You should also notice that the Rectangle tool becomes active in the Tools panel on the left.)

3.
On the left side of the Stage, click and drag down to the right to draw a medium-sized rectangle. This will be how our animation begins.

4.
Make sure that the Timeline panel is visible (if not, select Window, Timeline). The frames in the Timeline are numbered. Click the cell directly under frame 20. Then press F7 to insert a blank keyframe. This is where we will draw how we want the animation to appear at frame 20 (see Figure 1.1).

Figure 1.1. After selecting frame 20 in the Timeline, we insert a blank keyframe by pressing F7.


5.
Now press the letter O to turn the cursor into an Oval tool. Click on the right side of the Stage and drag to draw a medium-sized oval.

6.
Finally, return to frame 1 (where the animation will begin) by clicking the dot right underneath the “1” (for frame 1) in the Timeline.

7.
Make sure that the Properties panel is visible (if not, select Window, Properties). Because the Properties panel changes based on what's selected, you should see properties for frame 1 (because that's the last thing you clicked). If the Properties panel doesn't look like Figure 1.2, then click once on the dot underneath frame 1 in the Timeline. Finally, select Shape from the Tween drop-down menu on the Properties panel. That's it!

Figure 1.2. When a frame is selected, the Properties panel appears as shown.


8.
To view your animation, simply press the Enter key.


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