Disco Ball Flash Tutorial

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Disco Ball Flash Tutorial
Create your own animated disco ball. (disco ball image by Charles Taylor from Fotolia.com)

If you are creating a website, you will want to have lots of cool graphics to impress your visitors. A glittering animated disco ball would certainly catch the eye. While some people still do this sort of thing using old fashioned GIFs, these days most people use the Flash format. Adobe Flash is a powerful, versatile and user friendly tool for creating animation for the web. Using it, you should have little trouble in creating a glittering disco ball.

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  1. 1

    Load a picture of a disco ball onto your computer. You can find many online that you can use.

  2. 2

    Click on the desktop shortcut to start the Flash application. Click on "ActionScript 3.0"

  3. 3

    Select "File" from the menu and choose "Import." From the options, choose "Import to Desktop." In the dialogue, browse to the disco ball image and open it.

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    Click on the "New Layer" button next to the timeline. Then, change the colours in the toolbar to what you want for the sparkles.

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    Select the "PolyStar" tool and set it to "Star," and in the "Properties" set the "Number of Sides" to 15. Draw the first sparkle on the disco ball.

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    Create more layers and add a star to each one. Select each of the objects you created in turn, selecting "Modify" from the menu and choose "Convert to Symbol." Name each one and make them a "Movie Clip." Click "OK."

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    Go to the second layer and right click on the tenth frame. Choose "Insert Keyframe." Right click on the bar between the first and last frame and choose "Classic Tween." Repeat this for all the object layers, except the disco ball. Then add the keyframe to the disco ball layer, but do not create the "Classic Tween."

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    Go to the first frame "Properties" and reduce the size of the object to almost 0. Go to the next layer, choose the last frame and reduce the size of the object to almost 0. Continue this process with the other layers, alternating the first and last frames. Save your work.

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    Select "Control" from the menu and choose "Test Scene." This will preview the animation and will automatically save a flash version to your computer.

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