Flash is a very fun and useful program. You can create your own animations and webpage buttons (Used to link to other sites). The program can be quite simple once you understand the basics.
To get started you will need the macromedia program "Flash 5". Once you have that you will open the program and find this screen:
Once you see this screen you can click on any of the actions. If you
have ever used a "Paint" program on a computer, you will find that
the toolbar and "stage" is very similar.
-You have the black and white arrows to highlight objects and move them.
-The straight line below the arrows is the line tool it is used to make straight lines. To use the line tool,
you simply click on the line icon and then click on the stage and drag the line.
-The tool that looks like a pen is used to make curved lines. It is a very advanced line tool and
confusing to use when you first start out.
-The tool that has an "A" on it , that tool is used for inserting text in your flash.
-The circle tool is used for making circles, to use it you just simply click on the icon and then click anywhere on the stage and drag the circle to make it bigger or wider.
-The tool with the box on it is for making boxes , it is used the same way as the circle tool is used.
-The pencil tool is used for drawing any kind of lines.
-The paintbrush tool is for for painting anything.
-The paint bucket tool is used to fill in blank or enclosed areas in your flash.
-The eraiser tool is used for erasing any of you mistakes in your flash.
But I bet your wondering, how do I even start making this flash? Well thats just a matter of drawing the scene before you animate. Notice on the picture above there are many painting and drawing tools. All animation is, is changing each picture and putting them all together to make it look like an object is moving.
Step 1- Draw an object (We chose a car)
Step 2- Move it a little ahead, and go to insert keyframe (or f6)
Step 3- Move it a little ahead, and go to insert keyframe (or f6)
Step 4- Move it a little ahead, and go to insert keyframe (or f6)
After you have moved it ahead and would like to see your progress, hit enter and you will see that you have created a mini clip of a car moving