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Chapter 13. Applying Timeline Effects > Applying the Transform Effect

Applying the Transform Effect

The Transform Timeline effect lets you select an object, and over time, change its size, rotational value, position, and alpha. As with the other Timeline effects, this effect can be created from scratch using standard Flash options. The difference is: The Timeline effect can be created in seconds, as opposed to minutes. When you add a Timeline effect to an object, Flash creates a new layer and transfers the object to it along with all the transformation effects. Since Flash uses motion tween animation techniques to create a Timeline effect, they’re more efficient, occupy less file space, and are faster to generate than creating the effect using normal frame-by-frame animation techniques.

Apply the Transform Effect

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

Click the Insert menu, point to Timeline Effects, point to Transform/Transition, and then click Transform.

Enter the Duration of the effect in frames.

Click the popup, and then select Change Position By or Move To Position.

Enter the X and Y values (in pixels) to shift the object.

Enter a Scale value to change the size of the object as it transforms.

Did You Know?

You can edit or delete a Timeline effect. To edit a Timeline effect, select the object with the effect, click Edit in the Property Inspector, make your changes, and then click OK. To delete a Timeline effect, Control-click (Mac) or right-click (Win) the object, point to Timeline Effects, and then click Remove.

Enter a Rotation value, and then click the clockwise or counter-clockwise buttons to rotate the object.

Select the Change Color check box, and then click the Final Color box. This changes the color of the object over time, as it transforms.

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

Drag the Motion Ease slider to change how the object transforms: Slow At Start, or Slow At End.

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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