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Summary:

Outline Drawing in Flash

    ●   Flash can be intimidating - but don't Panic! Flash is actually a very fun and forgiving drawing program.Flash can be as simple or as advanced as you want.

    ●   For drawing, Flash is very easy to understand & serves as a good introduction to "vector" graphics applications like Adobe Illustrator.

    ●   Ambitious Flash users can use the powerful animation features, but it's not required. You can make Flash as complicated or simple as you want.


Learn About:

Brush Tool Selection and Direct Selection Tools

   •   This tutorial is the 1st in a series that guide students thru the Aesop's Fables and Drag and Drop Projects.

  •   1 - Line Art   •   2 - Color   •   3 - Shading


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Step #1: Find an image you can use in your project ~

Find an image you can use in your project and open it in Flash:

    ●   If you are working on the "Drag and Drop Project" you can scan your sketch (if it's good enough) ...

 

●   Or just trace an image from the internet ...

 

 

 

● If you are working on the "Aesop's Fables" Project you could scan your sketch or find an image of an animal you can use ...

 

 

 

 

… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be applied to YOUR PROJECT)


Step #2: Open your Project in Flash ~

If you're working on a Flash project already, open it and make a New Layer …


OR if you haven't started a project yet, open a New Flash File by selecting Actionscript 3.0 …

… select the document size in the Properties Menu (if you don't see Properties -

- go to: Window » Properties or hit Cmd (⌘) + F3) …

… make the size 800 x 600 pixels.


Step #3: Import the Picture ~

Go to: File » Import » Import to Stage … and place the picture on the stage.

Maybe the picture too big?

too big

Zoom out (if necessary) by getting theZoom Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (z) …

zoom

… then get the Free Transform Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (q) …

free transform tool

… hold the Shift key and squeeze the picture to fit inside the white stage area:

Your Flash picture MUST be within the white "Stage" area or it can not be seen when you play your video.

 

 

 

Remember: Anything outside the white box area cannot be seen!

 


Step #4: Convert to Symbol ~

Make sure the image on the stage is selected.

Hit (or Right-Click and select: ) and select Movie Clip - not Button.


Then, open the Properties panel (if necessary) by hitting Cmd (⌘) + F3, or go to: Window » Properties and click on Color Effect.

Where it says "Color: None" go to: Alpha.

Lower the Alpha using the slider so you can see through the image slightly.


Step #5: Add a New Layer & Lock the Background ~

Create a new layer above the picture and call it "Outline:"

insert layer


Lock the background layer by hitting the lock icon to keep from accidentally drawing on the wrong layer.

Lock ALL your layers when you're not using them!


Step #6: Format the Brush ~

Select the Brush Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (B) …

brush

Lower the Brush size - Start small ~

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Step #7: Object Drawing UN-CLICKED! ~

Also, make sure Object Drawing mode is UN-CLICKED object drawing

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Again, have Object Drawing un-clicked - object drawing


Step #8: Color & Smoothing ~

Change the Fill Color to Black

… and raise the smoothing level to around 85.

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Note: The higher the smoothing number, the smoother your lines will be, the lower, the rougher.

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TRY IT! With the Smoothing set both high, draw another line and compare:


Step #9: Zoom In ~

Zoom in VERY CLOSE on your face by hitting Cmd (⌘) +


Step #10: Begin Tracing ~

Begin tracing the image.


Keep Going! Be Extremely Detailed!

 

Every line …

 

Every blemish …

 

Every hair …

 

Every eyelash …

 

✗ Everything!

 

 

The more detailed you are the better the result.

 


Step #11: Don't Forget ~

Make sure you are drawing on the Outline Layer!

 

 

Unused layers SHOULD always BE LOCKED!

 

Step #12: Also ~

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To reshape your lines: Use the Selection Tool.

 

 

Just click and drag the edges of the lines.

 

Last Step: Save your work ~

Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.fla]

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•   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME


  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.


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