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June 6, 2008

Step by Step: Create your first Animated Flash Banner

by @ 2:45 pm. Filed under Flash Industry News

Animated banners are a very common implementation of Flash. Increasingly, as browsers become more compatible and advertisers become more sophisticated, Flash is selected as the optimal medium to capture user interest and convert leads. Therefore, it is important for designers and Flash coders to know how to create a good Flash banner.

Where to begin?

We found an excellent tutorial at www.webdevfoundations.net that takes a user step by step through the flash banner creation process. Screenshots and detailed instructions are included. The tutorial is meant for the beginner with little or no experience using Flash to create images. Additionally, details about how to animate the image are included.

The only prerequisite for the tutorial is some experience with Fireworks CS3, although in our opinion this is not necessary.

The tutrorial proceeds in a good logical fashion: Opening your document, creating the banner size (468×60 in the tutuorial), creating your timeline, using layers for graphical effects, layered animation effects, and text and image layer manipulation.

Have fun: Creating Your First Animated Flash Banner

May 20, 2008

Oman3d.com Flash Tutorial: Applying Flash 8 Filters with Action Script

by @ 6:04 pm. Filed under Flash Industry News

Oman3d.com has produced a short and sweet Flash 8 tutorial for applying filters with the use of Action Script.

The tutorial is self rated as “intermediate” level. You should have some knowledge of the “arrays class” in AS so you can play around with the filters. Of course, basic knowledge of Action Script coding and its integration with Flash output is required as well.

The step-by-step tutorial walks you through the creation process, complete with screen captures of toolbar images and menu navigation.

The tutorial finishes with a bit of code, required to make your filter effects work:

var myBlur = new flash.filters.BlurFilter();
var myTempFilters:Array = circle_mc.filters;
myTempFilters.push(myBlur);
circle_mc.filters = myTempFilters;

If you can understand the basic principles behind this sequence, you should have no problem with Oman3d’s tutorial – see this link:

Flash 8 Filters Using Action Script

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