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This training series produced in HD includes over 24 hours of indexed tutorials on the industry's most advanced authoring environment for creating interactive web sites. You will dramatically expand your knowledge of Flash and its extensive capabilities.


      Gain a comprehensive look at the most useful tools and features of Flash Professional 8.
      Learn inside tips for how to create better designs and author interactive content rich with video, graphics, and animation.
      Polish your skills with tutorials that will help you generate truly unique web sites and presentations.

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This course is PC and MAC compatible

Course syllabus

1. A Quick Flash Demo (48 min)
Lesson 1: Introducing the Flash Interface
Lesson 2: Adding Elements to the Stage
Lesson 3: Duplicating Library Items
Lesson 4: Introducing Keyframes, the Transform Tool & Tweening
Lesson 5: Creating Animations
Lesson 6: Adding Audio, Swapping Symbols & Testing a Movie
Lesson 7: Using Graphic Symbols
Lesson 8: Combining Animations into One Project
Lesson 9: Creating & Arranging Buttons
Lesson 10: Adding & Labelling Action Keyframes
Lesson 11: Adding Behaviours’ to Buttons
Lesson 12: Using the Publish Preview Command

2. Meet Flash: Fundamentals (37 min)
Lesson 1: Navigating the Stage Area
Lesson 2: Accessing & Organizing Panels
Lesson 3: Saving, Exporting & Testing
Lesson 4: Selecting a Flash Player Version for a New Project
Lesson 5: Introducing Layers
Lesson 6: Creating New Layers & Moving Items Between Layers
Lesson 7: Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts & Locking Layers
Lesson 8: Using Outline Mode, Layer Folders & Properties

3. Drawing with Vectors (28 min)
Lesson 1: Comparing Vectors & Bitmaps
Lesson 2: Working with the Pen Tool
Lesson 3: Drawing a Heart Shape with the Pen Tool
Lesson 4: Where to Put Points & How Far to Drag Handles
Lesson 5: Practicing Your Vector Drawing Skills

4. Flash Natural Drawing Tools (45 min)
Lesson 1: Setting Up the Drawing Preferences
Lesson 2: Exploring the Pencil Tool Options
Lesson 3: Using the Line & Paint Bucket Tools
Lesson 4: Distinguishing Between Strokes & Fills
Lesson 5: Modifying Vectors Using the Selection Tool
Lesson 6: Snapping & Modifying Curves with the Selection Tool
Lesson 7: Altering Drawings with the Selection Options
Lesson 8: Using the Brush & Paint Bucket Tools to Fill
Lesson 9: Painting Using the Various Brush Modes
Lesson 10: Working with a Stylus & a Tablet
Lesson 11: Drawing with the Rectangle Tool
Lesson 12: Drawing with the Oval Tool
Lesson 13: Drawing with the PolyStar Tool
Lesson 14: Working with the Eye Dropper Tool
Lesson 15: Working with the Ink Bottle Tool
Lesson 16: Working with the Eraser Tool

5- Advanced Vector Drawing (54 min)
Lesson 1: Intersecting Shapes within a Single Layer
Lesson 2: Using the Selection Tool
Lesson 3: Creating Complex Shapes with Intersecting Lines
Lesson 4: Combining Tools to Create Detailed Curves
Lesson 5: Vector Drawing Techniques
Lesson 6: Grouping Vector Shapes
Lesson 7: Editing the Contents of a Group
Lesson 8: Creating & Arranging Groups
Lesson 9: Object-Based Drawing

6. Setting Colors in Flash (44 min)
Lesson 1: Introducing Advanced Color Selection
Lesson 2: Working with the Color Mixer
Lesson 3: Creating Transparency & Sampling Colors
Lesson 4: Using the Color Swatches Palette
Lesson 5: Applying & Stylizing Strokes
Lesson 6: Adjusting Cap, Join & Other Stroke Properties
Lesson 7: Applying & Transforming Gradients
Lesson 8: Saving & Locking Gradients
Lesson 9: Choosing a Gradient Overflow
Lesson 10: Adding Transparency to a Gradient

7. Bitmaps in Flash (51 min)
Lesson 1: Importing Files to the Stage & Library
Lesson 2: File Compression Settings, Size Report & Use Count
Lesson 3: Compressing Individual Files
Lesson 4: Importing an Image with a Transparent Background
Lesson 5: Using Trace Bitmap to Change a Background to Vectors
Lesson 6: Changing a Foreground Item to Vectors
Lesson 7: Using the Optimize Curves Command
Lesson 8: Grouping an Image & Using the Transform Tools
Lesson 9: Performing Transformations Numerically
Lesson 10: Working with the Free Transform Options
Lesson 11: Working with Bitmap Fills inside a Vector Shape
Lesson 12: Using the Break Apart Command & the Magic Wand Tool

8. Using Text in Flash (55 min)
Lesson 1: Auto-Sizing, Auto-Wrapping & Selecting Text
Lesson 2: Changing a Font, Picking a Color & Checking Spelling
Lesson 3: Using Rulers, Guides, Grids & Snapping
Lesson 4: Aligning, Distributing & Spacing Text
Lesson 5: Working with Device Fonts
Lesson 6: Editing Files with Missing Fonts
Lesson 7: Anti-Aliasing Text for Better Quality & Readability
Lesson 8: Paragraph & Character Formatting
Lesson 9: Using Text as a Design Element
Lesson 10: Text on a Path, Guide Layers & the Transform Panel

9. Symbols (41 min)
Lesson 1: Introducing Symbols
Lesson 2: Creating & Reusing a Symbol
Lesson 3: Editing a Symbol in Place
Lesson 4: Editing a Symbol in the Library
Lesson 5: Modifying an Instance of a Symbol
Lesson 6: Nesting Elements inside a Symbol
Lesson 7: Adjusting the Color & Opacity of a Symbol
Lesson 8: Deconstructing & Reordering Symbol Parts
Lesson 9: Taking Advantage of Logically Ordered Layers
Lesson 10: Organizing the Library
Lesson 11: Looking at Symbols as a Movie inside of a Movie

10. Symbol Effects: Filters & Blends (65 min)
Lesson 1: Applying Fader Gradients
Lesson 2: Adding Text & Graphics to a Background
Lesson 3: Converting Text to Symbols
Lesson 4: Using Drop Shadows with Text
Lesson 5: Using Drop Shadows with Symbols
Lesson 6: Applying the Blur Filter to Text & Symbols
Lesson 7: Customizing Glow & Bevel
Lesson 8: Disabling Filters & Using the Gradient Bevel Filter
Lesson 9: Stacking Order & Other Filters & Settings
Lesson 10: Saving & Using Filter Presets
Lesson 11: Understanding Blend Modes
Lesson 12: Using the Normal, Darken & Multiply Blend Modes
Lesson 13: Using the Lighten & Screen Blend Modes
Lesson 14: Using the Overlay & Hard Light Blend Modes
Lesson 15: Using the Add, Subtract, Difference & Invert Blends
Lesson 16: Building a Mask without Blend Modes
Lesson 17: Building a Mask Using Alpha, Blend & Layer Modes

Part 2 - Animation in Flash

1. Introduction to the Timeline (55 min)
Lesson 1: Introducing Frame-Based Animation
Lesson 2: The Timeline Window
Lesson 3: Understanding Keyframes
Lesson 4: Animating Your Elements Using Keyframes
Lesson 5: Practicing Your Animation Techniques
Lesson 6: Using Onion Skin View
Lesson 7: Facial Animation
Lesson 8: Replacement Animation
Lesson 9: Rotoscoping

2. Shape Tweening (70 min)
Lesson 1: Doing a Simple Shape Tween
Lesson 2: Getting Your Tween to Behave Properly
Lesson 3: Distributive & Angular Blending
Lesson 4: Working with Shape Hints
Lesson 5: Modifying a Graphic for a Better Tween
Lesson 6: Choosing Shape Hint Location for a Complex Graphic
Lesson 7: Segmenting a Graphic for Smoother Tweening
Lesson 8: Tweening Facial Expressions
Lesson 9: Using Shape Hints for Sophisticated Tweening
Lesson 10: Fine-Tuning Facial Animation
Lesson 11: Setting Up a Tween with Text
Lesson 12: Adjusting a Text Tween & Making it Loop

3. Motion Tweening (64 min)
Lesson 1: Differences in Structure of Shape & Motion Tweens
Lesson 2: Converting an Object to Symbol & Motion Tweening
Lesson 3: Scaling & Rotating Motion Tweening
Lesson 4: Adding a Background Color & Making a Cloud Layer
Lesson 5: The Problems with Motion Tweening a Shape
Lesson 6: Problems with Using the Create Motion Tween Option
Lesson 7: Setting Up the Traveling Cloud Animation
Lesson 8: Simulating the Camera Flying Down to the Ground
Lesson 9: Animating the Airship Landing
Lesson 10: Creating an Elastic Landing Effect
Lesson 11: Replacing Grouped Ship with Ship & Canopy
Lesson 12: Animating the Alien Hopping out of the Ship
Lesson 13: Motion Tweening Individual Text Characters
Lesson 14: Adding Randomness to Text Animations

4. Advanced Animation Techniques (59 min)
Lesson 1: Fading In a Background
Lesson 2: Animating a Banner with Filters & Text
Lesson 3: Animating a Title with a Blur Effect
Lesson 4: Animating Navigation Buttons into View
Lesson 5: Fading In a Block of Text
Lesson 6: Tweaking the Timing of Animations
Lesson 7: Setting Up a Motion Guide Path
Lesson 8: Orienting an Object to a Motion Guide Path
Lesson 9: Controlling Speed, Snapping & Registration Point
Lesson 10: Reconfiguring Your Workspace
Lesson 11: Adding & Swapping Facial Expression Symbols
Lesson 12: Modifying Elements to React with One Another
Lesson 13: Creating a Stretch & Squash Effect
Lesson 14: Tweening & Shifting Keyframes to Exaggerate Motion

5. Simulating Speed in your Animations (62 min)
Lesson 1: Understanding Speed in Flash
Lesson 2: Introducing Ease
Lesson 3: Easing In & Out of Motion Tweens
Lesson 4: Improving Animations with Subtle Ease
Lesson 5: Using the Custom Ease In / Ease Out Dialog Box
Lesson 6: Easing within a Motion Guide Layer
Lesson 7: Customizing Ease for Position
Lesson 8: Customizing Ease for Rotation & Color
Lesson 9: Using a Gradient to Simulate Speed
Lesson 10: Applying a Motion Blur to Simulate Speed

6. Nesting Symbols for Complex Animation (61 min)
Lesson 1: Introducing Timeline Effects
Lesson 2: Reviewing & Preparing for Animation
Lesson 3: Working with Groups & Symbols
Lesson 4: Symbols, Nesting & Motion Tweening
Lesson 5: Creating Nested Animations
Lesson 6: Building Multi-Layered Animations
Lesson 7: Creating Motion along a Path
Lesson 8: Packaging Symbols
Lesson 9: Understanding Graphic & Movie Clip Symbols
Lesson 10: Creating Character Animations
Lesson 11: Managing Character Animations with Nesting & Symbols

7. Animated Masks & Filters (54 min)
Lesson 1: Using Open External Library to Copy Assets
Lesson 2: Animating a Mask Using a Shape Tween
Lesson 3: Creating a Magnifying Glass Effect
Lesson 4: Animating a Signature Using Stage Reveal
Lesson 5: Working with Complex, Layered Vector Artwork
Lesson 6: Reproducing an Adobe® Illustrator® Gradient
Lesson 7: Animating a Gradient to Create a Shimmer Effect
Lesson 8: Combining Filters, Blends & Motion Tweening
Lesson 9: Creating a Kaleidoscope Effect
Lesson 10: Creating a Realistic Drop Shadow
Lesson 11: Using Blend Options to Create a Soft Mask

8. Sound & Video (85 min)
Lesson 1: Importing & Adding Sound to the Timeline
Lesson 2: Working with Audio File Sizes
Lesson 3: Adding Effects to Sound & Customizing Settings
Lesson 4: Syncing Up the Sound with the Action
Lesson 5: Working with Speech Compression
Lesson 6: Streaming Audio
Lesson 7: Working with Frame Labels
Lesson 8: Adjusting the Animation to the Voice Over Track
Lesson 9: Setting Up Audio for Lip Sync
Lesson 10: Adding a Looping Mouth Movie
Lesson 11: Fine-Tuning Specific Mouth Movements
Lesson 12: Changing Facial Expressions to Match Words
Lesson 13: Importing Video
Lesson 14: Editing Video Prior to Bringing it into the Timeline
Lesson 15: Selecting Video Compression Settings
Lesson 16: Adding Effects & Motion Tweens to Video
Lesson 17: Using Progressive Download & Selecting the Skin
Lesson 18: Using the Flash 8 Video Encoder

Part 3 - Making Interactive Movies with Flash

1. Flash Buttons (54 min)
Lesson 1: Making a Simple Button
Lesson 2: Using a Hit State
Lesson 3: Making Animated Buttons
Lesson 4: Adding Sounds to Buttons
Lesson 5: Applying a Drop Shadow
Lesson 6: Making Buttons Using Bitmaps
Lesson 7: Using Blend Effects to Spice Up Your Buttons
Lesson 8: Adding a Message with the Status Bar Feature
Lesson 9: Using Buttons from the Common Libraries
Lesson 10: Using Rollovers to Display Images & Text

2. Scripting Basics (51 min)
Lesson 1: Setting Up to Use Action Script
Lesson 2: Introducing the Actions Window & Script Assist
Lesson 3: Creating Buttons to Activate Action Script
Lesson 4: Labeling Buttons in the Properties Window
Lesson 5: Assigning Play & Stop Actions to Buttons
Lesson 6: Organizing & Arranging Buttons
Lesson 7: Using the Behaviors Window to Stop All Sounds
Lesson 8: Using the Goto and Play Behavior
Lesson 9: Modifying a Behavior & Adding an Action Layer
Lesson 10: Duplicating & Modifying Sequences in the Timeline
Lesson 11: Using Advanced Goto Behavior Options
Lesson 12: Linking a Button to a Website

3. Basic Navigation Systems (64 min)
Lesson 1: Dividing Movies into Scenes
Lesson 2: Arranging & Adding Scenes in the Scene Panel
Lesson 3: Creating a New Scene from a Copy
Lesson 4: Adding Stop Action Scripts to Flash Scenes
Lesson 5: Setting Up a Basic Navigation System
Lesson 6: Using a Generic Action Script for More Flexible Navigation
Lesson 7: Creating a Non-Linear Navigation System
Lesson 8: Navigating with Keyframe Labels
Lesson 9: Navigating with Separate Flash Files
Lesson 10: Loading an External Movie inside of a Symbol
Lesson 11: Loading External Images inside of a Symbol

4. Flash Screens (61 min)
Lesson 1: Setting Up a Slide Presentation
Lesson 2: Adding Content & Creating New Slides
Lesson 3: Nesting, Navigating, Arranging & Naming Slides
Lesson 4: Adding Filters & Text to Slides
Lesson 5: Adding & Resizing Navigation Buttons from the Library
Lesson 6: Assigning Behaviors to Screen Buttons
Lesson 7: Exploring & Editing Button Layers
Lesson 8: Using Transitions with Screens
Lesson 9: Screens vs. Forms
Lesson 10: Setting Form Parameters & Navigation
Lesson 11: Introducing Templates
Lesson 12: Using the Quiz Style Template

5. Advanced Navigation Systems (69 min)
Lesson 1: Adding Slides & a Reference Guide Layer
Lesson 2: Rebuilding the Home Page & Adding Placeholders
Lesson 3: Setting Up a Movie Clip to Act Like a Button
Lesson 4: Adding Rollover States
Lesson 5: Using an Invisible Button
Lesson 6: Duplicating & Modifying Button Properties
Lesson 7: Adding Text & Navigation to Buttons
Lesson 8: Creating a Sub-Navigation System
Lesson 9: Looping, Adding Content & Using Scripts
Lesson 10: Nesting a Sub-Navigation System
Lesson 11: Setting Sub-Navigation System Links
Lesson 12: Pasting Frames, Swapping Content & Transitioning

6. Data Entry Forms & Components (74 min)
Lesson 1: Creating Input Text Fields
Lesson 2: Creating Check Boxes
Lesson 3: Introducing Components & Dynamic Text
Lesson 4: Building a Form with Components
Lesson 5: Adjusting the Parameters of Components
Lesson 6: Adding Radio Buttons
Lesson 7: Setting Alignment & Adding a Text Area
Lesson 8: Adding Component Buttons & Themes
Lesson 9: Changing Component Themes Using the Library Panel
Lesson 10: Using Action Scripts to Send Information
Lesson 11: Setting Up Trace Actions
Lesson 12: Referencing Action Scripts
Lesson 13: Setting Up & Reviewing a Completed Action Script
Lesson 14: Using the Flash Exchange & Extension Manager

7. Publishing your Movies (46 min)
Lesson 1: Looking at the Generate Size Report Option
Lesson 2: Exploring Test Movie Options
Lesson 3: Adding a Preloader
Lesson 4: Adding Animated Graphics to a Preloader
Lesson 5: Looking at the Publish Settings Options
Lesson 6: Viewing Published Files
Lesson 7: Exploring HTML Settings
Lesson 8: Centering an HTML Page Horizontally in Dreamweaver®
Lesson 9: Centering an HTML Page Vertically in Dreamweaver
Lesson 10: Copying the Correct Files to a Server

8. Developing for Mobile & PDA (25 min)
Lesson 1: Exploring Publish & Device Settings
Lesson 2: Creating a Slideshow Document
Lesson 3: Setting Up Action Scripts
Lesson 4: Previewing with a Test Movie
Lesson 5: Animating a Movie Clip
Lesson 6: Creating a Navigation System with Action Scripts
Lesson 7: Tips & Resources for Developing Mobile Content

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