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Learning Macromedia Flash 8

by Greg Bowden (364 pages)

The tutorials have been developed for Flash 8 on the Windows and Macintosh systems as single or multi-user versions.. Support files that provide all the images and animations required to complete the activities are included with the product.


Flash 8 tutorials

Module 1 introductory exercises including Flash 8 drawing tools, using symbols, tween animations, shape animations, fixed-point animations, motion guide animations, keyframe animations, Flash buttons and publishing animations.

Module 2 provides extended Flash 8 exercises including the use of movie clips, text effects, masks, adding and editing sounds, timeline effects, behaviours, animating still photos, video clips and scenes.


The modules are also available as podcasts.










  • Chapters and Sample Pages
  • Chapter Descriptions



Module 1: Flash 8 Basics



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Chapter 1: Getting Started With Flash (16 pages)


Chapter 2: Drawing Tools (19 pages)

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

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Chapter 4: Tween Animations (16 pages)

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Chapter 5: Multiple Object Animations (10 pages)


Chapter 6: Shape Tweening (16 pages)

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Chapter 7: Fixed Point Animations (15 pages)

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Chapter 8: Motion Guide Animations (16 pages)


Chapter 9: Keyframe Animations (14 pages)


Chapter 10: Creating Buttons (20 pages)

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Chapter 11: Publishing Animations (6 pages)


Flash Project 1 (Multi-user version only)





Module 2: Flash 8 Extended Exercises



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Chapter 12: Creating Movie Clips (14 pages)

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Chapter 13: Text Effects (20 pages)


Chapter 14: Text Effect Movie Clips (16 pages)

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Chapter 15: Adding Sounds to Animations (14 pages)


Chapter 16: Using Masks (22 pages)


Chapter 17: Timeline Effects (18 pages)

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Chapter 18: Using Behaviours (12 pages)


Chapter 19: Animating Still Photos (14 pages)


Chapter 20: Using Video Clips (24 pages)


Chapter 21: Creating Scenes (12 pages)

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Flash Project 2 (Multi-user version only)





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:

  • Flash 8 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


Flash 8 symbols, library and 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: Tween Animations


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

  • creating 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

Demonstrates 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: ShapeTweening


Demonstrates 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.

  • modifying the bouncing ball animation so that the ball distorts as it bounces off the fixed object, then returns to its original shape.





Chapter 7: Fixed Point Animations


Demonstrates 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 8: Motion Guide Animations


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

  • setting motion guides in motion guide layers.

  • setting beetles to race around a track.

  • setting beetles to race around a track.

  • stopping an animation.

  • adding and removing frames.

  • the assignment involves students creating a solar system animation.




Chapter 9: KeyFrame Animations


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

  • drawing 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 10: Creating Buttons


Demonstrates 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 11: Publishing Animations


Demonstrates how to publish animations. It includes:

  • the difference between .FLA and .SWF files.

  • publish settings.

  • adding Flash animations to DreamWeaver.



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 12: Creating Movie Clips

This chapter introduces:

  • the creation and use of movie clip symbols.

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

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






Chapter 13: Text Effects


Introduces the use of more detailed text effects including:

  • formatting text..

  • character spacing and vertical text.

  • selectable text.

  • linking text.

  • breaking text into layers

  • using guide layers.

  • animating letters of a word.

  • creating text shape tweens.




Chapter 14: Text Effect Movie Clips


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

  • breaking text apart

  • distributing letters to layers

  • animating letters within the movie clip.

  • using the movie clip.

  • editing the movie clip.





Chapter 15: 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 16: Using Masks

Demonstrates 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 17: Timeline Effects


This chapter demonstrates how to use the Timeline Effects to make animations appear more realistic. It includes:

  • using drop shadows.

  • transform effects.

  • transition effects.

  • blur effects.

  • explode effects.






Chapter 18: 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:

  • setting invisible buttons.

  • setting and editing behaviours.

  • adding sounds to behaviour .

  • adding sounds to buttons.

  • deleting behaviours.





Chapter 19: Animation Still Photos


Demonstrates 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 20: Using Video Clips


Flash 8 video clipsThis chapter demonstrates how to work with video clips in Flash. It includes:

  • importing video clips.

  • inserting video clips into movie clips.

  • controlling the playing of video clips.

  • creating a simple electronic portfolio.




Chapter 21: 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.




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.