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Creating the Cursor (con't)

Step 1.2 (optional) : Animating the Blinker Pointers

Next we want to animate the blinker pointer. To do this we need to create a timeline (movie clip) for it animation. Choose Insert > New Symbol, select the movie clip option and name it "Blinker MC".

Now open the library (Ctrl-L) and drag an instance of the graphic symbol "blinker" onto the stage. You will notice that you will have a keyframe in frame one. To create the blinking effect we need to also create a keyframe on frames 10 and 20. The best way to do this is to copy frame 1 and paste it into the frames. To do this select frame 1, choose Edit > Copy Frames then select frame 10 and choose Edit > Paste Frames. Repeat for frame 20. This way the pointer will be perfectly positioned.

The only thing left to do is modify the alpha value of the symbol in frame 1 and 20 to equal 0%. The image in frame 10 should remain at 100%. Now create a motion tween between the keyframes. Your timeline should now look something like this:

» Level Intermediate

Added: 2000-10-24
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Jayse is the Senior Art Director for a small LA-based design group called E-lysian Artists. He's worked with many great clients (MCA, Universal, Fox, HBO) tho lately, motion design projects have become his passion and now enjoys writing tutorials for people with a similar passion for this new art form.
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