Moving an Object with Flash Motion Tween Animation

Moving an Object with Flash Motion Tween Animation
Flash makes it easy to move an object across the Stage with the built-in Motion Tween animation feature. In this tutorial, we will make a Motion Tween animation for a simple oval shape. However, the same process can be applied to other objects that have been converted to symbols in Flash.

1. Open Flash and choose Create New, Flash Document from the Start Page. We will keep the default settings for the Document properties.

2. We will only need one layer in the Timeline for this simple demonstration. Click on the default Layer 1 in the Timeline and rename this layer to Graphics.

3. adobe Oval Tool. Click on Frame 1 in the Timeline. We will draw an oval shape on the Stage. Click on the Oval Tool in the Tools Panel. Now, click and drag on the Stage to draw an oval in the place where you want the animation to begin.

Before we can add any animation to our oval, we must first convert it to a Flash symbol. This tells Flash that this is not just an inanimate object and it will be doing something that Flash needs to pay attention to.

4. adobe Selection Tool. Double click on the oval with the Selection Tool. From the Menu bar, click Modify, Convert to Symbol. In the Covert to Symbol dialog box, name the symbol "Oval" and set the Type to Movie Clip. Finally, set the Registration to center by clicking on the center square in the little grid. You should notice that a unfilled blue box appeared around the oval.

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