How to Create a 360 Degree Virtual Flash Tour

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How to Create a 360 Degree Virtual Flash Tour
Creating a 360-degree virtual tour in Flash is done using the mask tool. (vue à 360 degrés image by Imag'In Pyrénées from Fotolia.com)

Flash makes creating a 360-degree virtual tour easy with the mask tool and a simple motion tween. Virtual tours are popular today and are found on websites for real estate, travel and personal blogs. One of the most important aspects in creating a virtual tour is the quality of the images. By starting out with high-resolution images and adding Flash technology, you will be able to make an impressive tour.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Flash and click "File," then "New" and then "Flash File (ActionScript 3.0)" from the pullout menu.

  2. 2

    Create a movie clip by clicking on "Insert" on the main menu and then "New Symbol." Click the "Movie Clip" button and type in "image" for the name.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Rectangle" tool from the tool bar and while holding down your mouse drag across the stage to create a rectangle about one third the size of your stage.

  4. 4

    Add a keyframe to frame "50" by right-clicking on the frame and then click "Insert Keyframe" from the pullout menu. Insert a new layer by clicking "Insert Layer" at the bottom of the time line. Drag it below Layer 1.

  5. 5

    Import your images by clicking on "File," then "Import" and then "Import to Stage." Browse to where your panoramic image is and then click "Open." Place the rectangle to the far right of the image.

  6. 6

    Right-click the first frame on Layer 2 and click "Create Classic Tween."

    Add a keyframe to Frame 1 by right-clicking on the frame and then click "Insert Keyframe" from the pullout menu. Drag the rectangle to the far left of the stage.

  7. 7

    Right-click on Layer 1 and select "Mask." Click on "Scene 1" under the time line and then drag the movie clip "image" to the stage from the library. Press "Ctrl+Enter" on your keyboard to test the movie.

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