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Chapter 13. Applying Timeline Effects > Using the Expand Effect

Using the Expand Effect

The Expand Timeline effects is similar to creating a shape or motion tween, where the object expands or contracts over a predetermined time. This particular effect requires that the object be grouped (click the Modify menu, and then click Group), or in a Library as a graphic behavior symbol.

Use the Expand Effect

Draw a shape using the oval, rectangle, or polystar tools, and then group or drag a graphic behavior symbol from the Library.

Click the Insert menu, point to Timeline Effects, point to Effects, and then click Expand.

Enter the Duration of the effect in frames.

Select Expand, Squeeze, or Both.

Click the arrow buttons, to decide the direction of the explosion (left or right only).

Enter the X and Y values (in pixels), to adjust the center value of the changing shape.

Enter the Width and Height values (in pixels), to change the size of the expansion of the image as it changes.

Click OK to add the effect to the Timeline.

Click the Control menu, and then click Test Movie.

Flash displays the Timeline effect.


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