Presentation on theme: "11What is the Stage?2How do you open a panel in Flash?3What's a hidden tool, and how can you access it?4Name two methods to undo steps in Flash, and describe."— Presentation transcript:
11What is the Stage?2How do you open a panel in Flash?3What's a hidden tool, and how can you access it?4Name two methods to undo steps in Flash, and describe them.5How you have about Flash?2345 Answers 1The Stage is the area viewers see when a movie is playing in Flash player or a web browser. It contains the text, images, and video that appear on the screen. Objects that you store on the pasteboard outside of the Stage do not appear in the movie.1 2To open a panel in Flash, choose Windows > [panel name]. Some panels, such as the History panel, are in the Other Panels submenu.2 3Because there are too many tools to display at once in the Tools panel, some tools are grouped, and only one tool in the group is displayed. (The tool you most recently used is the one shown.) Small triangles appear on tool icons to indicate that hidden tools are available. To select a hidden tool, click and hold the tool icon for the tool that is shown, and then select the hidden tool from the menu.3 4You can undo steps in Flash using the Undo command or the History panel. To undo a single step at a time, choose Edit > Undo. To undo multiple steps at once, drag the slider up in the History panel.4 5Choose Help > Flash Help to browse or search Flash Help for information about using Flash CS3 and ActionScript 3.0. Choose Help > Help Resources Online or visit to see tutorials, tips, and other resources for Flash users.5www.adobe.com
11What are the three drawing modes in Flash, and how do they differ?2How can you draw a perfect circle using the Oval tool?3When would you use each of the selection tools in Flash?4What does a mask do?234 Answers 11The three drawing modes are merge drawing mode, object drawing mode, and primitive drawing mode. In merge drawing mode, shapes drawn on the Stage merge to become a single shape. In object drawing mode, each object is distinct and remains separate, even when it overlaps another object. In primitive drawing mode, you can modify the angles, radius, or corner radius of an object. 22To draw a perfect circle, hold down the Shift key as you drag the Oval tool on the Stage. 33Flash includes three selection tools: the Selection tool, the Subselection tool, and the Lasso tool. Use the Selection tool to select an entire shape or object. Use the Subselection tool to select a specific point or line in an object. Use the Lasso tool to draw a freeform selection area. 44A mask restricts the visible area of the layers beneath it. Only the area that is covered by the mask shows through.
What is a symbol, and how does it differ from an instance?2Name two ways that you can import an asset into Flash.3When you import an Illustrator file, what happens if you choose to import layers as layers? As keyframes?4Describe the four button states in a button symbol's Timeline.5How can you change the opacity of a color or instance in Flash? Answers 11A symbol is a graphic, button, or movie clip that you create once in Flash and can then reuse throughout your document or in other documents. An instance is a copy of a symbol located on the Stage or nested inside another symbol. 22You can import an asset file to the library, which adds the asset only to the Library panel. You can also import an asset file to the Stage, which places the asset on the Stage and automatically adds the asset to the Library panel. 33When you import layers in an Illustrator file as layers, Flash recognizes the layers in the Illustrator document and adds them as separate layers in the Timeline. When you import layers as keyframes, Flash adds each Illustrator layer to a separate frame in the Timeline, and creates keyframes for them. 4Button symbols include four states: Up, Over, Down, and Hit.4 Up is the default state for the button. Over determines the button's appearance when the mouse rolls over it. Down determines the button's appearance when it is clicked. Hit defines the active area, which is the area that responds to the mouse click. 55The opacity (or transparency) of a color or instance is determined by its alpha value. To change the opacity of a color, change the alpha value in the Color Picker. To change the opacity for an instance, select Alpha from the Color menu in the Property inspector, and then change the alpha percentage.
How do you format text in Flash?2Which tool do you use to select text to edit it? Which tool do you use to rotate or move a text box?3How do you add a sound file to a layer?4What is a motion tween and how do you apply it?5How do you apply a filter to text? Answers 11To format text, select it with the Text tool, and then select options in the Property inspector. You can change the typeface, text size, type style, paragraph alignment, and so on. Click the Edit Format Options icon to change the options related to the text box, such as the indent, margins, and line spacing. 22To edit or format text, select it with the Text tool. To rotate, move, resize, or otherwise manipulate a text box, select it with the Selection tool. 33To add a sound file to a layer, select a keyframe in the layer, and then select a sound file from the Sound menu in the Property inspector. The Sound menu lists sound files that are in the Library panel. 44A motion tween applies incremental changes to frames, so that you don't need to reposition or modify objects for each frame. To apply a motion tween, specify the settings or position for an initial keyframe and for a final keyframe. Then, click between the keyframes in the Timeline, and select Motion from the Tween menu in the Property inspector. 55To apply a filter to text, first select the text with the Text tool. Then, click the Filters tab in the Property inspector. Click the Add Filter icon, and select a filter. You can customize the filter settings in the Filters panel.
How does a motion tween differ from a shape tween?2How do you create a shape tween?3What is a motion guide, and how do you create one?4How can you edit a nested symbol? Answers 11A motion tween creates animation frames for changes in an object's position, size, transparency, color, or other attributes. A shape tween creates animation frames to morph one object into another. Use a shape tween when the initial object has a different shape from the final object. 22To create a shape tween, position the original object on the initial keyframe and the final object on the last keyframe, and then click a frame between the keyframes and select Shape from the Tween menu in the Property inspector. You can apply a shape tween to shapes you draw on the Stage, but to apply one to a group, instance, or bitmap image, you must first break the element apart. 33A motion guide provides a path for an object to follow in the frames included in a motion tween. To create a motion guide, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the layer that contains the object you're animating, and choose Add Motion Guide. Flash adds a guide layer to the Timeline. Insert a keyframe on the guide layer for the beginning of the motion guide, and then draw a path on the Stage. Create a motion tween on the object's layer, beginning on the same frame as the motion guide. In the Property Inspector, select Orient To Path, Sync, and Snap. Finally, place the object at the beginning of the motion guide for the first keyframe and at the end of the motion guide for the final keyframe. 44To edit a nested symbol, double-click it in the Library panel. To edit it in context, double- click the symbol that contains it on the Stage, and then double-click the nested symbol.
How can you label frames, and when is it useful?2Which tool lets you change the direction for a gradient?3How can you test a button on the Stage?4How do you name an instance, and why is it necessary?5Describe a quick way to create multiple layers, each containing a separate object. Answers 11To label a frame, create a keyframe for it, and then type a name in the Frame Label box in the Property inspector. You can label frames in Flash to make it easier to reference frames in ActionScript, and to give you more flexibility. If you want to change the frame at which an action occurs, you can move the label, rather than having to locate every reference to the frame number in the script. 22The Gradient Transform tool, grouped with the Free Transform tool, lets you rotate, resize, or change the center point for a gradient. 33To test a button on the Stage, choose Control > Enable Simple Buttons 44To name an instance, select it on the Stage, and then type in the Instance Name box in the Property inspector. You need to name an instance if you plan to refer to it in ActionScript. 55To quickly move objects to individual layers, select the objects on the Stage, and then choose Modify > Timeline > Distribute To Layers.
ActionScript Basics What is a variable, and how do you declare one?2What is a function?3How can you add comments that will be ignored when the script is run?4What is a conditional statement?5What is an event? What is an event listener? Answers 11A variable represents a specific piece of data, which may or may not be constant. Before you can use a variable, you need to declare it. To declare a variable, you use the var keyword, name the variable, and assign a value to it. 22A function is a group of statements that you can refer to by name. Using a function makes it possible to run the same set of statements without having to type them repeatedly into the same script. 33You can add comments that ActionScript won't read to remind yourself or others what you are accomplishing with different parts of the script. To add a comment for a single line, start it with two slashes (//). To type a multi-line comment, start it with /* and end it with */. 44A conditional statement requires the script to determine whether something is true or false, and then to act based on that determination. The most common type of conditional statement is the if statement. The if statement checks a value or expression in its parentheses. If the value is true, the lines of code in curly brackets are carried out; otherwise, they are ignored. You can add an else statement to provide alternative instructions if the condition is not true. 55An event is something that is initiated by a button click, a key press, or the end of a video. An event listener, also called an event handler, is a function that is executed in response to specific events.
Component What is a component?2What's the difference between the Component inspector and the Parameters panel?3How can you change a parameter for a component? Answers 11Components are prebuilt movie clip symbols with defined parameters that you can use to add user interface elements, such as buttons, check boxes, or scroll bars, to your document. You can modify the parameters to change a component's appearance and behavior. 22The same parameters are available in the Component inspector and the Parameters panel. However, in the Parameters panel, you can also name the component instance and specify its dimensions and location on the Stage. 33Select the component, and then open either the Component inspector or the Parameters panel. Scroll through the parameters grid, and select the parameter you want to change. Then, select a parameter setting from the pop-up menu in the grid, or type a new value.