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Flash 101 (part 3): Bouncing Around
Use Flash's powerful tweening tools to create slick animation clips with minimal time and effort.

| The Colour Purple |

Let's begin with a simple motion tween that will better illustrate the concept. Open up a new Flash movie, and use the Circle tool to draw a simple ellipse. Fill it with your favourite colour.

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You'll notice that Flash automatically adds a keyframe at frame #1 when you create the ellipse.

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Convert the ellipse to a graphic symbol - it should show up in the Library window.

Now, click on frame #10, insert a new keyframe, and move the ellipse to a new location on the Stage. Go back to frame #1, and pop open the Window -> Panels -> Frame panel. Select "Motion" in the Tweening box. The area between frames #1 and #10 should fill up with a light purple colour and a solid arrow - this indicates a motion tween.

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Play the animation - your ellipse should move smoothly from its original location to the new location you specified.

codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=5,0,0,0">

And that's your very first motion tween. Simple, huh?


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