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    • Graphical Animation M5 Satree Phuket Aj. Jamie
    • Graphical Animation
      • What are graphics ?
        • Pictures displayed on a computer.
      • What is animation ?
        • The creation of moving pictures or graphics.
    • Graphical Animation
      • Aims of this course:
        • Find out what graphical animation is.
        • Discover what graphical animation can be used for.
        • Learn to create animations using Adobe Flash.
        • Be able to upload and display animations on the internet.
    • Adobe Flash
      • Adobe Flash Player is a tool available in most web browsers that allows you to display animations.
      • Adobe Flash also has many web animation authoring tools available for users.
      • The authoring tool we will be using in class is Adobe Flash CS4 .
      • Note: In 2005 the company Macromedia was taken over by the company Adobe, so Macromedia Flash is now known as Adobe Flash.
    • Flash
      • Flash allows you to create web applications, games and movies, as well as application for mobile phones, such as screensavers.
      • Flash files are usually known as Flash movies, and have a .swf file extension.
    • Flash Animations
      • Take a look at some Flash Movies and games on the internet.
        • www.brainpop.com (Educational games)
        • www.mousebreaker.com (Games)
        • www.weeble-stuff.com (Fun cartoons)
    • Adobe Flash
      • Task today – Introduction to Adobe Flash.
      • Start – All programs – Adobe – Adobe Flash
      • Create New – Flash Document
      • You have now created a blank Flash Movie and are ready to begin editing.
    • Macromedia Flash Professional 8
      • On the left of your screen you should see the tools panel.
      • This panel contains your basic selection, drawing and colour tools which you should already be familiar with.
    • Drawing Tools
      • Selection Tool (v) - Selecting whole objects and moving them.
      • Subselection Tool - Selecting partial objects.
      • Line Tool - Drawing straight lines.
      • Lasso Tool - Selecting irregular shaped pieces of an object
      • Pen Tool - Drawing non-straight and curved lines.
      • Text Tool (t) - Inputting a textbox onto the stage.
      • Oval Tool - Drawing oval and circle shapes. (Drag + Holding Shift = Circles)
      • Shape Tool - By default draws rectangles. (Drag + Holding Shift = Squares)
      • Pencil Tool - Free drawing thin lines.
      • Brush Tool - Free drawing brush shapes.
      • Free Transform - Scale, rotate, and skew an object.
      • Fill Transform - Distort the gradient fill of an object.
      • Stroke Tool - Change the color and size of a stroke.
      • Fill Tool - Change the color of a fill.
      • Eyedropper - Sample a color from the stage.
      • Eraser - Use a brush to erase parts of an object.
      • Hand Tool - Move the stage around if it is not all visible.
      • Zoom - Zoom in or out.
    • Layers
      • We used layers in Photoshop.
      • It is the same in Flash, layers can be used to create more complicated drawings or animations.
      • For example, use a layer for each part of the drawing you want to animate.
      • Use a separate layer for the background.
    • Frames
      • At the top of your screen you will see a timeline.
      • Each of the frames in the timeline lasts for a small period of time.
      • fps is the frame rate per second. The default is 12 frames per second. Your can change this if necessary in properties.
    • Frames
      • Time to create your first animation!
      • Draw a simple image.
      • Then, right click frame 5, and select Insert Key Frame
      • Make sure the red bar is over frame 5, and change the picture.
      • Use Control – Test Movie to view your animation.
      • This is a simple way to create an animation, it is called frame by frame animation.
    • Frames
      • Something else to try…
      • Start again. Follow the same steps then but Insert – Blank Key Frame .
      • What happens this time?
        • A BLANK frame is inserted. Add something to this blank screen and test your movie again.
      • Remember, use Insert Key Frame to CHANGE your original image, or use Insert Blank Key Frame to create a new, different image.
      • Use Insert Frames to display a frame for a longer time, without changing it.
    • Saving your work
      • We need to save our work as a .swf file because this is the format that Flash files are displayed on the web as.
      • To do this; File – Export – Export Movie
      • Give your work a filename (ONLY use letters and numbers, and no Thai script)
      • Hit OK at the next screen .
      • You have now created a Flash movie ready for uploading to the internet.
    • Today
      • I want you to create a animation of anything you want.
      • (your friend, a cartoon, a car, a sunset, a card, a dog…. up to you.)
      • You should include some text on the animation.
      • Try and make the animation 5-10 seconds long.
    • Help
      • If you need any help to create pictures or you have never used graphic software before, there is an excellent beginners guide here: (pages 3 and 4 guide you completely through the drawing of a house)
      • http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/beg_drawing.html
      • More help can also be found here, another excellent beginners guide:
      • http://www.webdevelopersnotes.com/tutorials/flash/flash_design_tutorial_drawing_tools_in_flash.php3