How to Make a Twinkle in Flash

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How to Make a Twinkle in Flash
Twinkle effects often signify magic. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Twinkle effects add a hint of shine or shimmer to an otherwise stationary image. Often seen as light bouncing off jewellery or as a sparkling stars, a twinkle effect signifies the passage of time. Often, a twinkle effect adds a new dimension to an animation or game created in Flash. To create a simple twinkle effect in Flash, draw different stars in each Keyframe. When played back, shifting stars create the appearance of a twinkle.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Double-click on the Flash icon to launch the program.

  2. 2

    Press the keys "Ctrl" and "N" to create a new file. If you prefer to edit an older Flash file, press the keys "Ctrl" and "O." Locate the desired file within the "Open" window. Highlight the file and press "OK."

  3. 3

    Draw the desired background image using the "Brush" and "Bucket" tools. Alternatively, import a background image. Click on the "File" menu, scroll to "Import" and click on "Import to Stage." Highlight the image file and press "OK." Adjust the position of the image using the "Arrow" button.

  4. 4

    Press the "Insert Layer" button, located in the "Layers Palette" window. Right-click on this Layer and scroll to "Rename." Insert the name "Sparkle."

  5. 5

    Highlight the two Layers. Right-click and scroll to "Insert Keyframe." Alternatively, press the "Insert Keyframe" button. Add 10 to 20 Keyframes.

  6. 6

    Click on the first Keyframe, in the "Sparkle" layer. Click on the "Brush" tool and select an off-white colour from the colour swatches. Click on the "Brush Size" drop-down menu and click on the one pixel brush size.

  7. 7

    Draw three of four small stars or crosses using the Brush.

  8. 8

    Click on the second Keyframe, in the "Sparkle" layer. Draw three or four stars or crosses. Draw the shapes in a different location than the original stars or crosses.

  9. 9

    Continue adding sparkles randomly until you add a sparkle to every frame.

  10. 10

    Press the keys "Ctrl" and "S" to save the file. Export the file as an animation, if desired. Click on the "File" menu and scroll to "Render." After the video renders, click on the "File" menu and scroll to "Export." Select the format "MOV" and press "OK."

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