Monday, October 26, 2009

Ray's Top 10: Flash Tips

Lately I've been wondering, "what do people really want to read about?" and then it hit me. Flash animation tips would interest me so why not everyone else. So here it goes.

10. Tweens are over rated. If you really want a good complex animation you should really go frame by frame.

9. Remember to change your frame rate for smoother animations. 30 fps (Movie quality) and 34 fps (TV quality.)

8. Don't underestimate the power of masks. They can really help out for scrolling animations.

7. Action Script is your friend. It's useful in condensing your time line.

6. Organize all of your symbols in your library from the beginning. It makes it a lot easier to find things later on.

5. Always add a way to change the quality of your movie. You never know what kind of computer your viewers will be using.

4. Don't go overboard with gradients. Nothing shows that your a noob more than using gradients where a single color would suffice.

3. Only use up to 3 different fonts on one project. If you use any more than 3 you will start to lose the sense of unity.

2. If you're making a big project in flash, draw out your plans on paper first before ever touching the computer. I promise that your projects will come out looking twice as good as they would have otherwise.

1. If you're going to make something, GO ALL OUT! Don't hold back because you don't know how to do something. Look up tutorials on-line, there are a lot of helpful ones out there.
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