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Chapter 13. Applying Timeline Effects > Using the Explode Effect

Using the Explode Effect

The Explode effect is probably one of the more impressive of the Timeline effects. The steps to creating an Explode effect are simple—Flash, through the Explode dialog box, will do all the hard work for you. This particular effect will work on any vector object, simple or complex. All you have to do is decide what you want to explode.

Use the Explode Effect

Select a keyframe.

Draw a shape on the Stage using the oval, rectangle, or polystar tools, and then select the shape.

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

Decide the length of the effect in the frames.

Click the arrow buttons to decide the direction of the explosion.

Change the X and Y values (in pixels) for Arc Size.

Enter a Rotation value.

See Also

See Chapter 3, “Creating Graphics” on page 73 for information on creating shapes to use with Flash’s Timeline Effects.

Change the X and Y (in pixels) for Fragments Size.

Drag the Final Alpha slider to adjust the Final Alpha (transparency) of the effect.

Click OK.

This adds the effect to the Timeline.

Click the Control menu, and then click Test Movie.

Flash displays the Timeline effect.

IMPORTANT Every time you change one of the Timeline effect parameters, you will need to click the Update Preview button to see the effects demonstrated in the Preview window.



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