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This mini guide covers exactly what you need to know about making your Flash movies and animations as efficient and impressive as possible, and nothing more. These techniques are the ones that can truly separate the men from the boys in the Flash design community. You’ll get all the tricks, tips, and techniques you need to elevate yourself to that upper echelon of designer. You’ll learn:
• How to test your movie performance under various situations
• How to choose the right frame rate
• The art of Flashenating (converting an image from raster to vector artwork)
• About effectively using pixel fonts
• And more!
1. I'll Lay You Out Tips on Organizing Your Workspace.
Where Should I Put the Timeline? I Need My Space! It's My Way or the Highway. Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye. Shrinking Sections. Everyone's Afloat. It's Time to Remove the Timeline. The Library Won't Sit Still. Name Your Layers. Hidden Layer Name… I'm Tiling To Compare. A Cascade Effect. Speedy Document Display. Dock/Undock. Familiarity Anyone? The Heights. Simplify the Color Mixer. Property Inspector—More Than Meets the Eye! New Window. I Lost My Panel. Path to Excellence.
Paint With a Bitmap. Secret Tools. Selection Magic. Scrap It! Controlling the Scale. Quick Scale McGraw. Special Colors Just for Me. For the Little Guys. Stroke Away. Eye Copy You. Point of Rotation. Password Protect. Select Entire Shape. Rounding the Corner. Start From the Middle. Orient Your Text. To Free or Not To Free. Keep That Lasso Straight. One at a Time, Boys. It's Black and White. Super Shaper. Lock Up Those Unruly Gradients. Snap To It. One at a Time, Ladies. Multiple Select. Text is a Click or Drag. I'm Having a Stroke. Hairline. Slick Eraser. Someone Fill Me Up.
No Can Pan. The Rigid Grid. Underscore My Rise to the Top. Changing Frames. That's Some Fine Movement. Symbolic Jumping. The Nudge Factor. Multiple Select in the Library. Folders Nest Too. Symbolism. Let Me See Your Mask. The Guiding Line. Invisible Layer. Reversal. Stretch Those Frames. Here's An Outline. Library Preview. Order in the Layer! All Layers…Attention! Duplicates for Safety. Smaller Preview. Frames of a Layer Flock Together. Add Frames to All Layers. The Library Tells All. I Miss Flash 5. Harvest the Assets. What's With the Warning? Get Ready to Scrub In.
Custom Gradients. Realistic Sphere. Am I Tripping? Realistic Drop-Shadow. Careful With Those Shapes. Look Ma, They're Perfect. Quick, Put on the Mask! Prebuilt Animations. Guiding a Mask or Masking a Guide. Text That Morphs. Stretch It to the Limit. Realistic Motion. Simplify Your Shapes. Custom Easing. Text Blocks, There's Room for Everyone. Bitmapped Type. Resizing Text Fields. I'm Fading Fast. There's Too Much Pressure. Super Fast Tweening. See-Through Shapes. Let Flash Follow Your Lead. Degrees In Every Direction. Multiplicity. Now That's Shapely. Animation to Symbol. Letter by Letter, I'll Kern Them All. Even Shapes Need a Hint. Stay Inside the Lines. Flip It, Flip It Good.
Quick Switch Tabber. Power Panels. This Looks Like a Job for… Super Zoom! Here's a Shortcut. One Step Forward, One Step Back. Unselect All. Temporary Arrow Tool. Sticky Hand. By the Power of Myskull! And… Key Timeline. So Much Text, So Little Time. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom… It's Time to Font-Cycle. Quick Edit. Layer Locator. Two Birds, One Panel. The Big Five. No Cloning Layers. Quickest Copy in the West. Quick Span Select. Quick Create. Get Out Fast. Tracking. Multiple Insertions. Paste in Place. Quick, Undo All. In and Out, One by One. Take Initiative. Is It a Symbol?
Failed to Save Error! Dashes to Dashes. Warning Will Robinson. Start From Here. Take it to the Limit. Button Clicks and All That Jazz. Second to Last Resort. Preview a Movie Clip Without Testing. CSS in Flash? Invisible Buttons. Sound Trimming. Bye, Bye Bounding Box. The Old Switch-a-roo. Inspiration. Flash Activation. ActionScript.org. The Bible. Here's Your Kit. Go Right to the Source. We're Here… Error Recovery. Throw Away the Key. Flash Animation.
Edit Video! What's that you say? Publish Me Up, Scotty. Importing Me Stuff. Open As Library Was Here a Minute Ago. I Can't Import a QuickTime Movie! Keep 'Em Fresh. My File is All Growed Up. Illustrate Myself. World Series of Images. File Swapping. Preview Your Work. New From Template, I Miss You! Movie Projector. I'm Stuck With Flash MX 2004—Now What? Make My Template. Pasting Not Allowed? Maintain Alpha. Exporting “Movie Movies”. Directly From Photoshop For Windows. Movie Clips as Their Own SWFs. Prim and Proper. Override Your Sound. Edit Bitmaps. Lock It Up. Publish Profiles. Going Hollywood. Beware of Optimization. Save As Annoying?
Components are Eating Me Alive. The Missing Link. Fonts For All and For All a Good Font. Old Components Have No Place. Components Eat Up File Size. Transformer—More Than Meets the Eye. Flash Media Player. Keep Your Distance. Component Inspector versus Property Inspector. It's an Exact Science. Give a Command and Flash Will Follow. Movie Exploation. Common Libraries. Search is My Rescue. Dead Center. Simply Interactive. Your Basic Lineup. Scene Management. Quick Bugs or Debugs? I'm Loopy. Ungroup or Break Apart? Font Mapping. Spell Checker? Help, I Need Somebody…Help. Icons for All. Share and Share Alike. Just the Ones You Want.
Estimated Performance. Outlawed Outlines. Transparent SWFs? Web Safe Has Changed. Resizing Accordingly. Document Sizes. Clunky Mac Playback. Brightness Fades Too. Flash is for the Web, Right? Why's My File So Big? Ahhh, Frame rates. Better Save Than Sorry. Flash Forecasting. I Have Individual Qualities. Low on Resources. Broken Bitmaps. Custom Undos? Back and Forth, To and Fro. Flashenate the Image. Scaling Woes. Pixel Clear. 10,000 Leagues of Undo. Cleaning House, or the Library. Trim the FaT. Too Smooth For Me. Null Sound. Reduce Your Curves. Don't Always Be So Cinematic. Sound That Syncs. Execute Flash.