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Learning Adobe Flash CS6

by Greg Bowden (436 pages)


Tutorials to teach or learn Adobe Flash CS6

The Learning Adobe Flash CS6 tutorials provide activity-based animation lessons for beginners through to advanced users. There are two modules available:


Module 1 introduces the Adobe Flash CS6 basics.

Module 2 covers advanced Adobe Flash CS6 features.


A sample book with the first few pages of each chapter can be downloaded from the following zip file:


Learning Flash CS6 Module 2 Sample (20 MB)

iPad multi-touch ebook versions are also available on the iTunes iBookstore if you prefer the materials in that format. The links to access the pages on iTunes are:


Learning Adobe Flash CS6 Module 1

Learning Adobe Flash CS6 Module 2

Learning Adobe Flash CS6 on iTunes








  • Chapters and Sample Pages
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Module 1: Flash CS6 Basics


Contents (Modules 1 & 2)

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Chapter 1: Getting Started With Flash (16 pages)

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Chapter 2: Drawing Tools (23 pages)

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Chapter 3: Symbols, Libraries and Layers (22 pages)

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Chapter 4: Motion Tween Animations (14 pages)

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Chapter 5: Multiple Object Animations (9 pages)


Chapter 6: The Motion Editor Panel (8 pages)


Chapter 7: Other Tweening Types (13 pages)

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Chapter 8: Fixed Point Animations (10 pages)


Chapter 9: Circular Animations (18 pages)

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Chapter 10: Frame by Frame Animations (14 pages)


Chapter 11: Creating Movie Clips (12 pages)

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Chapter 12: Creating Buttons (19 pages)


Chapter 13: Publishing Animations (4 pages)


Flash Project 1 (Multi-user version only)





Module 2: Flash CS6 Extended Exercises


Chapter 14: Using Masks (16 pages)

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Chapter 15: Using the 3D Tools (20 pages)

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Chapter 16: Using Behaviours (12 pages)


Chapter 17: Animating Still Photos (12 pages)


Chapter 18: Using the Bone Tool (26 pages)

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Chapter 19: Adding Sounds to Animations (15 pages)


Chapter 20: Using Code Snippets (11 pages)


Chapter 21: Text Formatting (18 pages)

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Chapter 22: Text Effects (13 pages)


Chapter 23: Text Effect Movie Clips (14 pages)

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Chapter 24: Creating Scenes (15 pages)


Chapter 25: Publishing For Mobile Devices (15 pages)

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Chapter 26: Useful Tools (25 pages)


Flash Project 2 (Multi-user version only)




The tutorials can be used onscreen next to the software package, from a tablet or printed. Assignments are provided at the end of each chapter and the multi-user version provides projects at the end of each module.


Support files that provide all the images, videos and sample animations required to complete the activities are included with the product.



Module 1

Introduces the Flash CS6 drawing tools, using symbols, creating motion tween animations, using the Motion Editor, shape tweening, classic tweening, fixed-point animations, circular animations, frame by frame animations, movie clip animations, Flash buttons and publishing animations.

Module 2

Covers creating and animating masks, the 3D Rotation tool, the 3D Translation tool, the Bone tool, the Deco tool, the Spray Brush tool, the Pen tool, adding and editing sounds, using behaviours, animating still photos, using code snippets, formatting and animating text, publishing animations for mobile devices, importing video clips and creating scenes.



Module 1 Chapter Descriptions



Chapter 1: Getting Started With Flash


This chapter introduces students to the Flash interface. It includes:

  • the components of the Flash screen including the workspace and the panels.

  • using rulers, grids and guides.

  • using simple drawings tools - rectangle, oval, line and brush.


Chapter 2: Drawing Tools


This chapter introduces the Flash Drawing Tools in more detail including:

  • Adobe Flash CS6 drawing tools

    cookie cutting.

  • the Selection tool.

  • the Pencil, Brush, Paint Bucket and Ink Bottle tools.

  • The Eyedropper and Eraser tools.

  • Object Drawing.

  • the assignment involves the drawing of an alien.



Chapter 3: Symbols, Libraries and Layers


Adobe Flash CS6 symbols, library, layersDemonstrates how to use symbols, libraries and layers which are an integral part of Flash animations. It includes:

  • how to create a symbol and use it from the Library panel.

  • how to create layers, change their order, lock them and turn them on or off.

  • the assignment involves the creation of a simple web page using layers.




Chapter 4: Motion Tween Animations


Demonstrates how to create simple motion tween animations. It includes:

  • ch4creating symbols.

  • setting a motion tween.

  • rotating objects in animations.

  • scaling objects.

  • adjusting the motion path.

  • inserting keyframes.

  • adjusting the length of animations.

  • clearing keyframes.



Chapter 5: Multiple Object Animations

ch5Demonstrates how combine more than one object in an animation. It includes:

  • setting fixed objects in layers and locking them.

  • inserting frames.

  • setting the stage colour

  • animating objects in their own layers.

  • adjusting the shape of animated objects.

  • students create a bouncing ball animation.




Chapter 6: The Motion Editor Panel


ch6Demonstrates how to use the Motion Editor panel to edit and fine-tune animations. It includes:

  • setting the easing of the animation.

  • applying the easing to the animation.

  • adjusting the path of the animation.

  • adjusting the colour of symbols in the animation.





Chapter 7: Other Tweening Types


ch7Demonstrates the two other tweening types that Flash provides, Shape Tweening and Classic Tweening. It includes:

  • changing a circle into a rectangle then back to a circle again by reversing frames.

  • using shape hints.

  • reversing animations.

  • copying frames.

  • creating classic tweens.

  • inserting keyframes.





Chapter 8: Fixed Point Animations


ch8Demonstrates how to make objects animate around a fixed point. It involves:

  • editing symbols to set the registration (rotation) point.

  • setting the rotation.

  • animating the hands of a clock.

  • animating more that one object.

  • the assignment involves students creating a car speedometer.





Chapter 9: Circular Animations


ch9Demonstrates how to set objects to animate around an enclosed path. It includes:

  • creating symbols.

  • adjusting motion paths.

  • setting beetles to race around a track.

  • stopping an animation.

  • adding and removing frames.

  • the assignment involves students creating a solar system animation.




Chapter 10: Frame By Frame Animations


Demonstrates how to set Frame By Frame animations, which mimics how animations were created before the use of computers. It includes:

  • dch9rawing an eye, copying the eye then making one eye wink.

  • keyframes are duplicated and the contents of the duplicate modified.

  • the assignment involves students creating an eclipse of the sun animation.




Chapter 11: Creating Movie Clips

ch11This chapter introduces:

  • the creation and use of mo vie clip symbols.

  • self-contained animations are created then placed in other animations.

  • multiple instances of the movie clips are added to the animation.







Chapter 12: Creating Buttons


ch12Demonstrates how to create Flash buttons. It includes:

  • setting button symbols.

  • setting the up, over and down states.

  • setting the hit area.

  • creating a navigation bar for a web site

  • using Flash's prepared buttons.






Chapter 13: Publishing Animations


Demonstrates how to publish animations. It includes:

  • the difference between .FLA and .SWF files.

  • publish settings.

  • Document size.



Project 1: iSounds


This project is only available in the multi-user versions. It involves students creating an opening page for the iSounds company which sells music over the internet. Students are required to create a web page that includes at least 2 animations and a navigation bar that has Flash buttons.





Module 2 Chapter Descriptions



Chapter 14: Using Masks

ch14Demonstrates how use masks in animations. It includes:

  • creating a mask layer.

  • setting the mask effect.

  • animating the mask to create a spotlight effect.

  • creating masks as movie clips.

  • animating the movie clip mask.





Chapter 15: Using the 3D Tools


ch15Demonstrates how to use the 3D Rotation and 3D Translation tools to add 3D effects to animations. It includes:

  • rotating movie clips over x, y and z axes.

  • adjusting the perspective angle.

  • adjusting the vanishing point.

  • adding the rotations to animations.

  • translating movie clips in the x, y and z axes.

  • creating movie credits that vanish into the screen.

  • applying the 3D tools on imported images.





Chapter 16: Using Behaviours


Demonstrates how to make use behaviours to make animations interactive with the screen. A firing a gun animation that could be used in computer games is created. Click on the gun in the sample to see the effect. The chapter involves:

  • ch16setting invisible buttons.

  • setting and editing behaviours.

  • adding sounds to behaviour .

  • adding sounds to buttons.

  • deleting behaviours.




Chapter 17: Animation Still Photos


ch17Demonstrates how to animate sections of a still photo to give the impression that they are a moving object. It includes:

  • breaking a photo into pixels.

  • erasing the sections to be animated.

  • converting the sections to symbols.

  • setting the registration point.

  • animating the sections.






Chapter 18: Using the Bone Tool


ch18Demonstrates how to use the Bone tool to produce arm and leg movements in animations. It includes:

  • the bone tool basics.

  • adjusting the Bone tool styles.

  • selecting Runtime so that the user has control of an object's movement.

  • animating imported images.

  • animating shapes drawn in Flash.

  • applying the spring effect.




Chapter 19: Adding Sounds to Animations


Demonstrates how to include and control sounds by adding an engine track to the car speedo animations created in an earlier chapter. The chapter includes:

  • Adding sounds to the library.

  • synchronizing sounds.

  • using fade in effects.

  • removing sound effects.

  • editing sound effects.

  • adding sounds to buttons.


Chapter 20: Code Snippets


Demonstrates how to add code snippets to movie clips. The chapter includes:

  • ch20controlling objects with the keyboard arrows.

  • attaching a movie clip to the mouse pointer.

  • attaching web links to objects.

  • fading a movie clip.

  • applying multiple code snippets.


Chapter 21: Text Formatting


Demonstrates how to format text using the new TLF text engine. The chapter includes:

  • Making text selectable, editable or read only.

  • linking text to web sites.

  • Formatting paragraphs.

  • Aligning text.

  • Line spacing.

  • Setting text into columns.

  • Flowing text from one text box to another.

  • Animating text messages.




Chapter 22: Text Effects


ch22Introduces the use of more detailed text effects including:

  • breaking text into layers

  • using guide layers.

  • animating the letters of a word.

  • distorting text

  • creating text shape tweens.







Chapter 23: Text Effect Movie Clips


Demonstrates how to create text effects as movie clips and include them in animations. It includes:

  • ch23breaking text apart

  • distributing letters to layers

  • animating letters within the movie clip.

  • using the movie clip.

  • editing the movie clip.




Chapter 24: Using Scenes


Demonstrates how to use scenes within Flash to build an overall animation. It includes:

  • adding and naming scenes.

  • adding content to scenes.

  • duplicating scenes

  • stopping the overall animation.




Chapter 25: Publishing For Mobile Devices


Demonstrates how to create and publish animations for the Android and iOS systems used on mobile devices. It includes:

  • Adobe Flash CS6 mobile devices

    publishing a flash animation for display on a mobile device.

  • creating a mobile application. A sample of a maze game is used.

  • inserting mobile specific code snippets.

  • using the mobile simulator.

  • applying code for different mobile actions.





Chapter 26: Useful Tools


Demonstrates how to use some of the extra tools that Flash provides. It includes:

  • converting video clips to FLV/F4V format.

  • importing FLV/F4V video clips into Flash.

  • using the Deco tool.

  • using the Spray Brush tool.

  • using the Pen tool.

  • using motion presets to quickly animate objects.

  • creating custom motion presets.




Project 2: Alby's AutoBarn


This project is only available in the multi-user versions. It involves students creating 4 separate scenes for a used car dealer that could be added to a web site using the skills developed in Module 2.