How to Make a Snow Globe in Flash

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How to Make a Snow Globe in Flash
Create a digital snow globe. (Christmas snow globe image by Christopher Nolan from Fotolia.com)

Flash is an animation and presentation software that can be used to create endless effects and animations. A snow globe is one of these many effects that can be created with Flash. A Flash snow globe does not require any expertise in using Flash; however, you do need to know some basic Flash techniques.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Digital pictures or objects

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the Flash program and start a new project. In the project set-up, create a frame rate of at least 20 frames per second.

  2. 2

    Set the background for the snow globe. Insert a picture or fill the active scene with a colour or gradient. This background will be behind the snow globe and make it look like you can see through the globe.

  3. 3

    Name a third layer "Snow" and select a small brush size to paint the snow. Choose white as the colour of paint to use. Click on the screen to create the snow flakes. Keep the flakes inside the area where the globe will be. Click on the "Snow" layer in the timeline. Select all the snowflakes in the layer and select the "Modify" menu. In the "Modify" menu, click on "Convert to Symbol" and check the "Movie Clip" option. A layer named "Mask" will appear in the timeline above the "Snow" layer.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Mask" layer and select the ellipse tool. Draw the outline of the snow globe with this tool. Right click on the "Mask" layer and select "Mask". The snow will disappear.

  5. 5

    Create a new layer above the "Mask" layer and name it "Globe." Click the "Import" button and choose the digital image or objects that are going to be inside the snow globe. Position the object on the screen where the snow globe will be. Use the ellipse tool and outline the globe again. Select the "Modify" menu and change the "Globe" layer to a movie clip. Choose the colour palette and select "Alpha." In the "properties" section, change the value to 10 to 15 per cent.

  6. 6

    Select all of the layers and extend them to frame number 50. Insert a key frame on the last frame of the "Snow" layer.

  7. 7

    Select the first frame of the "Snow" layer. Click on the snow so it is at the top of the globe. Click on the last frame and move the snow to the bottom of the globe. Right click on the first frame of the "Snow" layer and select "Create Motion Tween." Choose the "Control" menu and select "Play" from the drop down menu.

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