Classroom Assistant: Flash Tutorials

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In this Classroom Assistant, you will learn what Flash is and  how it applies to your education.  We have also provided you with 15  tutorial videos that cover a variety of tools and  techniques of Flash.

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Table of Contents:

1. What is Flash?
2. How Flash Applies to Your Education
3. Adobe Flash Tutorial- Creating a Writing Effect
4. Adobe Flash Tutorial- How to Draw a Cartoon Character
5. Flash Tutorial: Growing Vines Flourish Animations Tutorial
6. Flash – Glint Effect Flash Tutorial
7. Adobe Flash CS4 Tutorial- How to do a Walking Animation
8. Drop Down Menu and Linking It: Flash Tutorial!
9. Flash Tutorial: Create a Simple Image Gallery!
10. Dynamic Flying Birds: Flash Tutorial! Place Movieclips w/ AS 3.0
11. Flash Tutorial – Character Animation using Symbols
12. Flash-animation tutorial(for beginners)
13. Scrolling Thumbnails w/ Mouse Control: Flash Tutorial!
14. Adobe Flash Tutorial- How to Make a Cartoon Character Talk
15. Flash CS4 Tutorial: How To Motion Tween
16. Adobe Flash CS5 Tutorial: The New Bone Tool
17. Learn how to ActionScript – Scripting 101

1.  What is Flash?

Adobe Flash, which was at one time called Macromedia Flash, is a multimedia and software platform.  It is used for creating vector and raster graphics, animation, games, and internet applications, that are viewed in Adobe Flash Player.  Flash is often used to add video’s and animated banners to websites.  These Flash applications are created with a program called Action Script, which is an object-oriented language.  However, the Adobe Flash Professional uses a language that is called Java Script Flash and is the most preferred program with web designers.  The Adobe Flash Player plugin is available free of charge on the internet and is the only way you will be able to view content that is created in Flash.  This has posed a problem for some websites developers who felt that the need for a plugin to view the content put limitations on visitors to their website.  HTML5 was developed a few years back to open up more opportunities for Flash style content without the need of a plugin.

2.  How Flash Applies to Your Education

Your Flash courses will give you the basic techniques needed to add banners and video to your website designs.  Flash will also benefit you if you are moving your education to a career in gaming. Like Photoshop and Illustrator, Flash can be purchased as a single software program, part of a Creative Suite, or a subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud.  Again, the single version can run approximately $50, the Creative Suite $350-$750, and the Creative Cloud in either the $19.99 per month single software rate or the $49.99 per month Creative Suite rate.  Adobe also offers a discount on their Creative Cloud pricing for students and teachers on the Creative Suite version with is $19.99 per month or a pre-paid amount of $199.00 for the year.

Your course assignments will most likely require you to create a few animation videos that use tools like the Bone Tool and the Action Script language to display moving objects.  Considering every student does not learn the same way, many students have benefited from utilizing other resources on the internet to enhance their understanding of the techniques of Flash.  We here at Graphic design Degree Hub have put some of these resources together for you.  The next 15 video tutorials are a collection of different techniques that your will most likely learn during your Graphic Design Degree program.

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3. Adobe Flash Tutorial- Creating a Writing Effect

In this Flash tutorial you will learn how to make your text look like it is being written out using keyframes and a few other techniques.

Speaker: Incredible Tutorials

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4. Adobe Flash Tutorial- How to Draw a Cartoon Character

In this tutorial you will learn the speaker/artists technique for drawing a cartoon character.

Speaker: Incredible Tutorials

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5. Flash Tutorial: Growing Vines Flourish Animations Tutorial

In this tutorial you will use Flash to create the growing vines animation look. The tutorial will look at the process in two different ways; first, with a quick masked shape and shape tween under the mask and then, the right way, build a frame-by-frame animation that makes this little flourish look like it is really growing.

Speaker: tutvid

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6. Flash- Glint Effect Flash Tutorial

In this Flash video tutorial you learn how to add this great glint effect to text in Flash CS3.

Speaker: KnowFlash

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7. Adobe Flash CS4 Tutorial- How to do a Walking Animation

In this Flash CS4 tutorial you will learn how to do a looping walking animation by utilizing the bone tool and symbols.

Speaker: Incredible Tutorials

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8. Drop Down Menu and Linking It: Flash Tutorial!

In this tutorial you will start from scratch and build a navigation bar and then convert one of the buttons to a drop down button. You will also learn how to link the buttons within the drop down to sites and pages out on the web.

Speaker: tutvid

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9. Flash Tutorial: Create a Simple Image Gallery!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a simple image gallery with transitions and thumbnails in Flash CS3.

Speaker: RiverCityGraphix

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10. Dynamic Flying Birds: Flash Tutorial! Place Movieclips w/ AS 3.0

In this video you will draw and animate a bird and then you will use Actionscript 3.0 to extract it from the library and place it at a random start point and let it fly across the screen.

Speaker: tutvid

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11. Flash Tutorial – Character Animation using Symbols

Whether you are creating your own characters, or animating with Character Packs; using “symbols” and “motion tweening” are powerful tools that everyone should know how to use effectively. This tutorial will help your achieve those skills.

Speaker: Anthony Burdick

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12. Flash-animation tutorial(for beginners)

Learn how to create actions figures drawing one motion at a time with each keyframe.

Speaker: rivaschannel

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13. Scrolling Thumbnails w/ Mouse Control: Flash Tutorial!

In this tutorial you will start with nothing more than a blank Flash document and 10 100px X 100px thumbnails. From that you will construct a scrolling thumbnail bar. The thumbnail bar will move in different directions depending on where the users mouse is. It will also stop when the user rolls onto a certain part of it and each thumbnail will light up as the user rollover each individual thumbnail.

Speaker: tutvid

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14. Adobe Flash Tutorial- How to Make a Cartoon Character Talk

In this lesson you will learn how to make a cartoon character talk from beginning to end. This includes recording the voice, drawing the mouth poses, and syncing the voice to an animated mouth. You will even learn a little about facial expressions.

Speaker: Incredible Tutorials

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15. Flash CS4 Tutorial: How To Motion Tween

This tutorial is on using Flash CS4 and the new Motion Tweening Engine to tween. It explores the basics of creating a tween. This process is also good for newer and older versions.

Speaker: tutvid

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16. Adobe Flash CS5 Tutorial: The New Bone Tool

In this tutorial you will learn the features of the new Flash CS5 bone tool. You will also learn how to apply constraints and springs.

Speaker: Incredible Tutorials

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17. Learn how to ActionScript – Scripting 101

This tutorial is the basics of Actionscript 2.0. If you are using Flash CS3 or newer you are using Actionscript 3.0. For Newer version, please use this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdmRCiu2Xrk

Speaker: tutvid

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For additional tutorial help, please see these tutorial sites:

Photoshop

Illustrator

HTML

 CSS

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