Tutorial for Animating Vines & Flowers With Flash CS3

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Tutorial for Animating Vines & Flowers With Flash CS3
Animate flowers and vines in Flash CS3. (colourful tropical bird and flower graphic image by Vania from Fotolia.com)

While Adobe Flash CS3 is not the most recent version of the program (as of 2010, CS5 is the current version), it nevertheless is a powerful animation tool widely used for any number of different projects, from making web pages and banners to commercials and television shows. While creating an animated scene with vines and flowers blowing in the wind might be considered a task best handled by a professional graphics artist, the process is surprisingly simple and straightforward.

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  1. 1

    Start Flash. Click on "ActionScript 3.0" to start a new document. Select the "Pen" tool from the toolbar.

  2. 2

    Click on the "New Layer" button under the timeline. Then double-click on the name of the new layer and rename it "vine 1." Now use the "Pen" tool to draw a hanging vine shape on the canvas.

  3. 3

    Select the "Paint Bucket" tool and choose a "Fill" colour that is a shade of green. Then click inside the shape you drew to fill it.

  4. 4

    Choose the "Select" tool and double-click on the outline around your shape to select it. Hit "Delete" on your keyboard.

  5. 5

    Select the "Bone" tool from the toolbar. Click near the bottom of your vine and drag upward to add the first bone in the armature. Click on the end of that bone to add another one. Continue this process to add bones all along the length of the vine.

  6. 6

    Right-click at some point further down the timeline where you want the animation to stop. Change to the "Selection" tool and use it to position the vine where you want it in the first frame. Repeat this in the last frame. The program will automatically create a motion between the frames you altered, adding all the motions in the other frames.

  7. 7

    Repeat the process to add all the animated flowers and vines you want. Save your work.

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