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okay it's not that great but i rushed to finish this to show I hope it helps others as well XD

Animating on Flash

Assume everythings already been open. your flash is already up and running. don't have to click on anything special
1: Just Draw a pic that you want to move
2: press F7 to open up second frame which should be blank (press F6 is you want to copy highlighted frame to the next frame)
3: Make sure the onionskin is turned on. It's the button underneath the timeline (where the frames are) It's shows two Squares one light purple and the other a darker purple (onion skin will let you see pic from the last frame)
4: Draw next movement It's that simple to view you pic just click on Control-> Test Movie

There's a whole lot more you can do, but this is the basic, i'm still learning myself

Flash Buttons

First Click on Insert->New Symbol...
A box should appear on it click the word ()Button(also name it XD)
Ok now the button Editor will open up on the timeline, There will be Four frames
Up/Over/Down/and Hit
1: On "up" Draw how ever you want your button to look when the mouse isn't on it
2: Then Click on the word "up" and hit F6 which should bring the pic over to the "over" frame On the "over" frame Then just draw it how you want it to look
when the mouse is over the button
3: Ok and on the "down" frame draw it how you like it to look when someone has clicked on the button
4:Draw Or just use first pic.
5:Click on Scene 1 to return to movie
6: Ctrl+L if your Library Buttons not open then drag Button onto movie
7: Right Click on button, Pick Actions
8:Open up the The book with word Actions, Click Movie Control
9:Click "on" Check Release
10: Double click "goto" Then enter what frame you want the animation to start at
11:Click on the frame where animation starts and put the action "stop" on it
then test your movie. XD I hope that's all the steps (scratches head)

any problems just ask XD
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sol-ka Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow thank you, I finally get it! <3
Pin-eye Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I got a question. Have you ever had a problem with the Onion Skin in Flash? I have mine on, no layers are locked or hidden, but it's not working. Any ideas? [link]
MaggieWorthington Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it wont let me use the frames!! :< it wont go transparent or white!! D:
Charcoal568 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
how do u save it?and then put it on windows movie maker?
shadowravenheart Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
um, my flash won't let me go back to the scene 1 it's stuck on the button
mimimimi3636361 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
wow thanx!
Jalamie Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
This is great! :hug: thanks so much, Now I am making a mermaid animation, first I make just a line to get the motion right , but then later i have to clean it up and add stuff you know (arms, tail), and go back on all the frames, is it easier to just start with lots of detail in the first place or is their an easier way?
wolfcub Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
awsome tut
black-cat16 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Wow, it really works! Thanks!
Thorn71 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
What Kind Of Program Is That
pride1289 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
For the button making, what frame does it stop at?
Bradlestix Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
Thanks much, I just downloaded the trial of Flash 8 and this has really helped me :)
swordser2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
can you help me on the flash button?
whisperelmwood Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
Just playing around with Flash myself - found your little 'tutorial' and want to say thanks XD I couldn't make head nor tail of the help thingy, so your very basic, concise description of what to do is far more helpful

Thankyou ^^
Lucky4unMe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah i tried to make a stick figure move and it was too complicated. So, directions were not good you should have more detail in the directions.
369Arashi963 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
awe come on they are new to!
even said so.
sassianne Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
what its just an UGLY PIC?!!!!?!!!!??????!!!!!!!
369Arashi963 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
no its not!!
you gotta click the ARROWS XP''
Kell0x Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Student Digital Artist
THANK YOU so much for this i just started doing flash but i need alot of help >_> can you tel in in lesson 2 you write to trace the lines from the first layer i do that but everytime i try to trace over the black lines it suddenly dissapears (?)
ShinySparkles Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
thanks! ^^ it helped me soo much!
refia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007
That was good, your writing is a little messy. Helped a lot.
....I have Flash 8 and I couldn't get the button to work for me. *death*
diedogen Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
its pretty helpful tnxs
Saykee Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! <33
Now I'll be able to finish dad's birthday movie! :glomp:
sallywhiskerpoof110 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
u really helped me=) thx a lot
QueenOf-BrokenHearts Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007   Writer
Thank you for this. it was really helpful!
DPluva Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
ooohh :D this is actually helpful!!... im wondering... how do u match sound with the movements on the animation?? (if you've done that)
deegarr Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
Fank you so much!!! :D
Awesome tutorial!
deegarr Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
hamanokumiko121 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
there easier to do in advanced mode.
thanks for teaching me how to animate.
cause the other way is way to hard for my simple brain to understand x-x
sx59 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do i do it on flash 8?
Obcideon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
WOW this was sooooo helpful TY sooooo much WOOOO
PurpleMuffin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
[link] this flash tutorial helped me make this~

:excited: thank you!
internalflames Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
ha ha that's kewl, glad i could help. Wow love the animation that really good for your first one, i'm impressed defiantly have to add ya.
PurpleMuffin Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007
oh thanks!
roobierax Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006
damnit...i really want to learn flash and this sorta helped....but its not exactly what i was looking for and not the same version!!! oh and some or your text gets cut off.
IceVallejo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006  Student Digital Artist
This tut is so spontaneous!! :XD:
manicbash Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006
i've been looking for a tutorial like this one. Thank you so much!!!
sangoma Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
ive been looking everywhere for a flash tutorial about buttons, thanks!

i just got flash 8, its completely different from mx... i still dont know how to do buttons *sighs*
socks198915 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2006
My button challenged self is having problems I click on the 'on' and I get this 'on () {]' I don't get the next screens where you can choes goto and what ever. Any suggestions? Thanks:P Using flash 8 if that helps.
did-u-get-the-memo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2006
*flash mx professional 2004 (shouldn't make difference)
did-u-get-the-memo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2006
i dont have a book that says 'actions' in flash mx 2004
kittygg87 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2006
hey! that did help! im happy now... i need more practice but i under stand how to use it lol.
MzMoon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2006
THANK YOU SO MUCH! Well done and informative... I made my first little animation with this. Good work!
Pesce Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2006
umh.. i tried this one. o_______o pretty hard to underdstand.. xD *tries again*
Zantia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
Heh nice :D, I understood this alot better then some of those other fancey flash tutorials the only thing is I can't find movie control x.x
RedVisor1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2005
Wow this is so useful.. i just got flash 8 through >> methods of such .. however when using that onion skin technique and creating movement frame by frame how do you change the speed of which the film plays or the speed of how fast it flickers through the frames and lets say i got that covered and got my little movie.. how do i submit a file type like that to D A .. will it except it in the original saved file or am i going to have to export the file to format... and one more thing.. does thse movies need preloaders? like the last thing i want happening is that the movie first plays frame by frmae loading it as it goes and then plays the movie once its seen... like is that flash button it? *sigh*

im so novice.. not even that.. i got it yesterday.. i dont even understand what tutorials mean.. >< please help :p
I-llNeverTellYou Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2005
Hey is this for flash MX?
BlueHairedDragonBoy Featured By Owner May 31, 2005
Wow, this helped me immensley. I immediately started with my first animation. I didn't quite get the Button part though. I can't find "Actions" when I right=click the Button.
If you could maybe help me I'd really appreciate it.
internalflames Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
LOL glad it helped XD But the action menu should be at the very bottom of the screen (it's usually minimized, written on it says Action-frame and under it should be properties) or go to windows then action or press F9 XD hope that does it if not well i'll have another go at solving it
SilverAqua Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2005
OMG!!! I needed just this!!! I want to start to animate, but somehow, everything I made is just a biiig pile of *peeeep*
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