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Animation II

Tweening in Flash 4& 5

In Flash 5 you set Shape tweening by selecting the frame in your time line and selecting Shape in the dropdown in your Frame palette. In Flash 4 you need to double-click the frame and set it in the Tween tab there. Use Easing to control how the speed of the tween.

Test your tweens

The trick with shape tweening is to set the tween to run across just a few frames, and to make just tiny adjustments at a time using your Bezier and Quadratic tools. Hit Play to test the tween works right, then make another adjustment, test it again, and so on. It's a time-consuming process, but that's the nature of animation -and the results are always worth it.

Shape hint

If you're having trouble getting the tween to look right, or your shape change is complex, you can use Shape Hints, which pick out corresponding points between the starting and finishing shapes. Select the shape, and then choose Modify> Transform>Add Shape Hint. Then move the yellow hint marker to the right place at the start and end frames, and check the tween is OK. You can add more shape hints to get things perfect.

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Added: 2001-01-23
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