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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.
Hats off to webwasp.co.uk once again for providing another very useful tutorial about how to apply gradients to your Flash creations.
As with the RNG tutorial we listed the other day, this Gradient tutorial moves literally click by click through the various steps necessary to use the Gradient tool.
The tutorial is self rated as “easy” by its authors. You’ll need basic knowledge off how to use the selection tool, Color-Mixer, ability to Adjust Gradient settings, and the Gradient transform tool. All of these are readily available in your Flash 8 installation, so don’t worry!
Also, to customize the gradient per your needs, the tutorial also specifies how to use the image control handles to manipulate the appearance of your object.
Gradients can their width, size, rotation, focal point, and absolute center altered – so the sky is the limit with what you can do!
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