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M5 - Graphical Animation - Lesson 2


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M5 - Graphic Animation - Introduction to Tweening

M5 - Graphic Animation - Introduction to Tweening

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  • 1. Lesson 2 Using Tweens
  • 2.
    • Tweening is the process of creating “in-between” frames in an animation.
    • It is used to create the animation effect of movement, or changing shape.
    • There are 2 types of tween we will learn today:
      • Motion Tween
      • Shape Tween
  • 3.
    • Create a new Flash Animation.
    • In Frame 1 , draw a small shape on the background, this is the shape we will move.
    • Insert a Key Frame at Frame 30 .
    • Right Click between Frame 1 and Frame 30 .
    • Click – Create Motion Tween .
    • That’s it. Now preview your movie.
  • 4.
    • You can also speed up and slow down the speed of your Motion Tween.
    • To speed up, remove frames, to slow down, add more frames.
    • You can also make the shape accelerate or decelerate .
    • Make sure you have selected your Motion Tween, then change the Ease , located in the Property Bar at the bottom of the screen. Set it at -100. Your shape now starts slowly and speeds up. Try it at 100. What happens?
  • 5. Edit the Ease of your Motion Tween here. Can’t see it? Click the Small arrow shown in the box below to display your Property Bar.
  • 6.
    • After creating your Motion Tween select the Final Frame , click the Free Transform Tool and change your shape.
    • We can use this to make objects look like they are coming from a distance.
    • Try it!
    • You can rotate, flip and edit your shape to create some interesting looking animations.
  • 7.
    • A Shape Tween is when one object transforms into a different object.
    • Create a new Flash Movie.
    • Insert a shape or draw a simple picture.
    • Then, at Frame 30 , insert a Blank Key Frame .
    • Select a Frame in the middle, and at the bottom of your screen, click Tween , and select Shape .
    • You have created a Shape Tween. Preview it to view your animation.
    • We can use Ease in the same way as before. Try it.
  • 8.
    • This does not always create a clear animation.
    • Use of colours, more than one shape and text can create strange looking animations, have a play and try to create some smooth Shape Tweens.
    • If you want to use Shape Tween on Text or an Imported Image, you must select the text/image and Select Modify – Break Apart TWICE before you create your Shape Tween.
    • Hint: Use Shape Tween with similar Shapes at different parts of the screen to create effects such as shapes coming from a distance.
  • 9.
    • First, create a new Layer, by clicking the icon shown below.
    • Double click on Layer 1 to change the name to Background.
  • 10.
    • Make sure you are on your background layer.
    • Now find your background, save it and use File Import – Import to Stage, or just Cut and Paste your Image into the Movie.
    • Always keep different parts of your animation on separate Layers , it makes editing simpler and tidier.
    • Make sure you Insert Frame at the end of the animation on every layer to make sure the background does not disappear half way through your movie!
  • 11.
    • Create a Flash Movie, that contains a nice background, Motion Tween and Shape Tween.
    • I want the animation to be realistic.
    • Try one of these:
      • A car driving along the road
      • A bouncing ball
      • A plane taking off
      • A train passing by a city
      • A sunrise
  • 12.
    • You must Save and Store your Animation today.
    • Remember:
      • File – Export – Export Movie to save your COMPLETED Image.
      • File – Save As to save your Image that you have NOT FINISHED.
    • Next lesson we will be uploading your finished Animation to a simple website.