Goals<br />Discover the purpose of Flash, who uses it and why <br />Explore some of Flash’s tools and features<br />Create an animated business card<br />Get excited about Flash<br />
What is Flash CS4?<br />Flash CS4 (Creative Suite 4) is a powerful multimedia creation tool<br />What can Flash do?<br />Can Create a Variety of Content:<br />Simple Graphics<br />Animations<br />Sound<br />External Graphics<br />Video<br />Interactivity<br />
The Flash Phenomenon-Who Is Using It? <br />Flash is a digital content authoring program for online designers, developers, animators, illustrators, programmers, educators, and off-the-shelf enthusiasts <br />Flash is an output content in a compressed format for online viewing via the Flash Player <br />Flash had its beginnings as Macromedia Flash in 1996 and is now a prevalent online content creation program<br />
How do you know you are working with Flash?<br />
Flash CS4 Interface Features<br />Stage-Where you draw and manipulate artwork<br />Timeline-Allows you to organize your Flash content into layers in frames. Frames show what your content looks like over time. It lets you create animations<br />Panels-Docked on right by default, shows information about what you select, allows you to change design characteristics, such as:<br />Properties/Property Inspector-Change design characteristics, shows information you have selected.<br />Library-Contains assets you will use in your flash movie, contains video, sounds, bitmap graphics, etc<br />Tools-Has tools that allow you to select, create and modify artwork.<br />
Flash Workflow<br />-3 Basic Steps<br />-Content you create in flash-sound, graphics, video, etc.<br />-2 Files are created by Flash (FLA/SWF), Flash movie is embedded in HTML file<br />-Use FTP client (Filezilla) or other software (Dreamweaver) to upload Flash files to the server<br />
Flash CS4-Understanding Core Flash File Types <br />FLA File-Main Flash Working File, Where You Create All Your Artwork and Animation<br />SWF File-Flash Movie, Output File From FLA file (Cartoon, Rich Internet Application, etc. It’s what you view when you see Flash content on the web)<br />FLV and FL4 File-Video Files for the Flash Player, Actual Movie Files<br />AS File-Action Script File, Contains Interactive Code to Control Flash Application<br />
Flash CS4-Creating and Saving Flash Files-Welcome Screen <br />
Flash CS4-Vector Graphics Vs. Bitmap Graphics<br />Bitmap Graphics are made of pixels<br />Vector Graphics are made of points, lines and and math<br />Each Has Its Uses:<br />Bitmap are great for photo editing (better photo effects)<br />Vector Art is great for Illustrations (smoother lines and use of shapes)<br />
Flash CS4-Vector Graphics Vs. Bitmap (Rastar) Graphics<br />
Lesson: An Animated Business Card<br />Let’s explore some of the main features of Flash.<br />
A particular slide catching your eye?
Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.