What we learned about Flash today:
  • ALWAYS BE CALM!!!!!!!!
  • Always follow directions
  • Always be aware of what layer you're on when you make any changes in your animation
  • When motion tweening, make sure the layer is highlighted so you don't end up with the dotted line
  • Click on the word layer to highlight an entire layer
  • Keep things as simple as possible
  • Don't spend too much time on one part of the animation, otherwise you won't be capable of finishing
  • Spread keyframes out far enough so that your animation is easy to follow and not confusing or too fast
  • Make sure you remember what you learnt before you move to the next part
  • Every single item you want to animate must be on its OWN LAYER
  • Utilize cut and paste to make your animation easier
  • Only have things that are extremely essential moving – otherwise leave static
  • Keep your animation SIMPLE and SWEET
  • Put a name for every layer
  • Save often
  • Try to have between 3 – 8 layers (as a ballpark)
  • When making a shape tween – don't select “create motion tween” first, go straight to “shape” on the properties toolbar
  • Always go step by step – skipping around creates problems
  • The shortcut for creating a keyframe is F6
  • The timeline is just like the timeline in iMovie, except you have different layers
  • Layers need to be highlighted in black to add a motion tween
  • Keyframes are a copy of the original frame
  • Each layer is part of one animation so if one layer has a problem, delete that one and start it over
  • Each keyframe needs to be designed before adding animation so that it looks the way you want

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    • Read on down to see details you should think about while creating a amazing flash animation. Some ideas to think about while you are working or planning the creation of your flash are:
  • Keep your flash simple and short. It’s cool when you see an animation online in the web with amazing and detailed graphics but, when you are personally making a flash you must always remember to keep it simple because you are not completely sure how much time you have to finish producing your animation.
  • When starting your animation think about places you will add graphics and text to help bring our work more advance and more enjoyable.
  • If you can, before starting your personal animation set out your time span and the difference locations of your key frames so you don’t have to worry about it later.
  • The length of you animation shouldn’t be too short or too long.
  • The animation you do should be your own personal one. It should be creative, unique with your own style.
  • After you created your animation and watched it over, look over it again to see that there are no unfinished scenes, it must flow well with fluency.
  • The message you are trying to send out to the viewers should be easy to understand and the entire animation should have clarity.
  • And last of all I should contain a theme or a message for the flash.
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  • Have you ever wanted some simple, just useful help; to ease the use of this complicated program. Well, here it is, welcome to, Learning How to Use Flash for Dummies. No, you’re not a dummy, because otherwise you wouldn’t be on this website. Our team of specialized students is here to help you. If you feel you can’t handle Flash animation, trust us, we all struggled a bit… So check out this helpful advice and these tips for Flash animatronics. Also, accompanied by great examples and efficient links, learn what the right stuff is, to make awesome Flash computer graphics. You’re just a few steps away of making a breathtaking Flash… whatever animation you want!! Here are the top ten flash tips:
    1. When making a flash animation, make sure that each object that moves has its own layer.
    2. Also name layers so that in the future, you will not get confused between the many layers in the animation.
    3. Makes sure that you don’t have to many layers because it will be very confusing when making the animation.
    4. In the layers, there has to be key frames so that the animation will come to life.
    5. For an object to move you need to put in motion tween. Be careful not to get confused when adding motion tween because there is a step that is very confusing when first doing motion tween.
    6. When working with flash remember to save continuously so if the computer crashes all your data will still be saved.
    7. Do rush through the project; always finish one layer before going to the next.
    8. Be organized (make sure layers are in tight order and labeled)
    9. Remember when creating a tween you must put the first motion in the first key frame and the last motion on the last key frame.
    10. And lastly, what you SHOULD remember always, it’s okay if you don’t get it the first time because everyone makes mistakes and it’s good because you can learn from them. You have to learn to be patient because you have just started to make your own flash animation. So whenever you make a mistake, be happy about it. And remember, you have a LONG way to go before you can become an advanced user of flash.

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http://callforhelptv.com/callforhelp/shownotes/0444.shtml?regular
http://www.technorealm.co.uk/design/flash-tips.html
http://www.miracosta.edu/home/llane/flash.htm
http://www.varbusiness.com/article/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=18811381
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http://www.smartwebby.com/Flash/flash_animations.asp
http://www.bestflashanimationsite.com/tutorials/
http://www.kirupa.com/developer/mx/basic_animation.htm