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Flash Shortcuts

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Here are most of the Flash Shortcuts, some are really useful but some you may not need to use that much. Using shortcuts in Flash will certainly save your time and effort.

File Menu
New... Ctrl+N
Open... Ctrl+O
Close Ctrl+W
Save Ctrl+S
Save As... Ctrl+Shift+S
Export Movie... Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S
Publish Settings... Ctrl+Shift+F12
Publish > Default (flash) F12
Publish Shift+F12
Exit Ctrl+Q

Edit Menu
Undo Ctrl+Z
Redo Ctrl+Y
Cut Ctrl+X
Copy Ctrl+C
Paste in Center Ctrl+V
Paste in Place Ctrl+Shift+V
Clear Backspace, Clear, Delete
Duplicate Ctrl+D
Select All Ctrl+A
Deselect All Ctrl+Shift+A

Timeline > Cut Frames Ctrl+Alt+X
Timeline > Copy Frames Ctrl+Alt+C
Timeline > Paste Frames Ctrl+Alt+V
Timeline > Clear Frames Alt+Backspace
Timeline > Remove Frames Shift+F5
Timeline > Select All Frames Ctrl+Alt+A

View Menu
Go To > First Home
Go To > Previous Page Up
Go To > Next Page Down
Go To > Last End

Zoom In Ctrl+=
Zoom Out Ctrl+-
Magnification > 100% Ctrl+1
Magnification > 400% Ctrl+4
Magnification > 800% Ctrl+8
Magnification > Show Frame Ctrl+2
Magnification > Show All Ctrl+3

Useful Shortcuts
Timeline > Frame F5
Convert to Symbol... F8
Break Apart Ctrl+B
Shape > Optimize... Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C
Shape > Add Shape Hint... Ctrl+Shift+H
Timeline > Distribute to Layers Ctrl+Shift+D
Timeline > Convert to Keyframes F6
Timeline > Clear Keyframe Shift+F6

Drawing Tools
Arrow V
Sub Select A
Lasso L
Line N
Pen P
Text T
Oval O
Rectangle R
Pencil Y
Brush B
Ink Bottle S
Paint Bucket K
Dropper I
Eraser E
Hand H
Magnifier M, Z
Free Transform Q

How To: Create Glint Effect

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Hello, welcome to learn2flash and today you will be learning how to make a moving glint effect on your text!!

Step1) Open a new file> Actionscrip2.0 and change the background colour to black using the properties panel.

Step2) Select the text tool, click anywhere in your canvas and type the words you want to be glinted.

Step3) While the text is still selected, change the properties as below:

Step4) Lock the text layer and create another layer underneath called Glint

Step5) Select the rectangle tool and put stroke: none and fill: grey

Step6) Draw a big rectangle that will cover the entire text like so:

Step7) Select the entire rectangle and change the fill to radical and change one end to white and the other to grey:

Step8) Select the gradient transform

Step9) Shrink the gradient to about the middle

Step10) Rotate the gradient until it is slanted.

Step11) Select the whole rectangle and go Modify>Convert to Symbol or (F8), name your symbol glint_mc, and select movie clip and press OK.

Step12) Click on frame 35 of the text layer and press (F6) to add a key frame and do this with the glint layer as well.

Step13) Now select frame 1 of the glint layer and select the rectangle and move it to the very left hand side of the text but it still has to cover the whole text.

Step14) Now go to frame 35 and move the rectangle to the far RIGHT hand side of the text like so:

Step15) Now right click anywhere between frame 1~35 and select motion tween.

Step16) Right click on the text layer and select mask

FINISHED!! now press CTRL+Enter to test your movie

How To: Create Moving Clouds

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to create moving clouds without any motion tweening.

Step1) Create New File> ActionScript 2

Step2) Change the Background colour to black using Properties Panel

Step3) Change the line colour to none and fill colour to white

Step4) Draw random circles using the oval tool like so (you don't need to be a pro at this)

Step5) When you get a relative cloud looking shape, select (v) the whole cloud with the selection tool and go to Modify>Convert To symbol (F8) and convert your cloud into a movieclip symbol. Name your symbol 'cloud_mc' and click OK

Step6) Now you will want your cloud to look more like a cloud so select your cloud and go to Filter>Blur

Step7) Type in 20 for both X&Y and select 'Medium'

Step8) Select your cloud, right click then select actions and paste the following script into your actions box:



} else{
this._x= 880;

Step9) Close the actions window and press CTRL+Enter to test your movie and you are done!! If you want to make multiple clouds, just copy and paste your current cloud and adjust the size and blur.

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How To: Create Snowing Effect

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In this tutorial, you will learn about making the snow effect using complete Actionscript 2.0 code.

Step1) File>New Flash FIle (AS2)

Step2) Change the background colour to black (or other darker colours) using the properties panel. There is no need to change the canvas size or frame rate unless you want to.

Step3) Right click on first frame on layer 1 (or F9) to bring up the Actions page.



Step4) Click on the following link and copy the code:

Snow Effect Code

Step5) Close the Actions page and press CTRL+ENTER to test your falling snowflakes!!