Tree Example

Summary:

Draw a Tree in Flash

    ●   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 Color Palette Drop Shadow Filter

  •   This tutorial is part of the Aesop's Fables and Run and Jump Projects.

Other People's Work:

Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

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Step #1: Open Your Project in Flash ~

Open YOUR CURRENT PROJECT in Flash

… if you're working on the Run and Jump Game

Click to view the project database

… Double-Click the back layer to open up the Movie Clip so you're working INSIDE the movieclip back:

movie within a movie

… and create a New Layer BELOW the Visuals Layer, and call it tree:

 

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

 

Step 2: Get 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 #3: Smoothing ~

Open Properties (If you don't see Properties, hit Cmd+F3 or go to: Window > Properties) and raise the Smoothing level.

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

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

bad => better


Step #4: Change the Color ~

Change the color to Black.


Step #5: Object Drawing OFF ~

Also, make sure Object Drawing mode is UNCLICKED

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Again, have Object Drawing un-clicked -

 

Step #6: Draw a Tree Trunk ~

Draw a Tree Trunk

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Step #7: Draw the Foliage ~

Draw the leaves …

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Step #8: The Details ~

At this point you might want to adjust some of the lines.

To reshape your lines: Use the Selection Tool.

Just click and drag the edges of the lines.

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Do a GOOD JOB! Be detailed. Make each line as precise as possible with as much detail as you can. Don't get lazy here.


Step #9: The Colors ~

Get the Paint Bucket Tool paint bucketor hit the keyboard shortcut letter: (k) …

… select Close Large Gaps under Gap Size at the bottom of your Tools palette …

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… and fill the leaves green and the trunk brown.

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Step #12: Fruit ~

Change the Fill to Red or whatever and draw some fruit on the tree with the Brush.

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Step #13: Trunk Lines ~

Add some details to the trunk:

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Step #14: Deco Tool ~

Get the Deco Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (U) …

… try the vine.

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Step #15: Convert your Shape to a Movie Clip~

Using the Selection Tool (v) again …

selection tool

… drag a box around your object to select the whole thing:

 

 

 

You know it's selected when it has the dots.

Then hit f8(or Right-Click and select: ) and make a Movie Clip.

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Step #16: Filters ~

Go to Filters in the Properties menu …

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… add Bevel

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… and Drop Shadow to the tree.

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Last Step: Save and View your work ~

View your work by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Enter cmd enter

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.