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Author: Michael Howard | Website: http://www.mchl.co.uk

Animation.

If the library isn't visible view it (Ctrl+L)
Now delete the 'circles' symbol from the stage and insert a movie clip (F8)
call this clip 'animation'.
Drag the 'circles' symbol from the library into the 'animation' movie clip symbol.
Centre the symbol (Ctrl+K) then add a key frame (F6) on frame 60.
Create a new layer and drag another instance of the 'circles' symbol from the
library - centre this symbol and then when it is centred press shift and the left
arrow key twice to move the top symbol slightly to the left.

Drag the key frame on frame 60 of your new layer to frame 15.
Click on frame 15 and add a motion tween (right click, add motion tween or
Ctrl+F > motion tween) then add a key frame (F6).

Press Shift and the up arrow key once to move the 'circles' symbol upwards.
Add another key frame on frame 30 (F6) and press Shift and the right arrow
key twice to move the 'circles' symbol to the right. Add a key frame on frame
45 and Shift > Down arrow key twice. Add a key frame on frame 60 and then
Shift > left arrow twice and Shift > up arrow once - to return the symbol to
the position it was in at frame 1.

Return to Scene 1 and drag the 'animation' clip from the library onto the stage.
Ctrl+Enter to test the movie. It looks good but it needs masking and outlining.

Add a new layer and draw a circle - slightly smaller than your animation - and centre
the circle (Ctrl+K). Convert this layer into a mask - Right click on 'layer 2' and select
'mask' (or Modify>Layer>Mask).

To create a circle outline for the animation;
Select the outside circle on the mask layer and copy it (Ctrl-C)

Add a third layer and paste the circle in place (Ctrl-Shift-V) you can alter the colour
or stroke width of this circle to make it more visible -

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Added: 2001-08-22
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