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
✓ Brush Tool ✓ Selection and Direct Selection Tools ✓ Color Palette ✓ Drop Shadow Filter
Other People's Work:
Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open Your Project in Flash ~
✗ Open YOUR CURRENT PROJECT in Flash…
✗ … if you're working on the Run and Jump Game…
✗ … Double-Click the back layer to open up the Movie Clip so you're working INSIDE the movieclip back:
✗ … 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) …
✗ Lower the Brush size - Start small ~
Step #3: Smoothing ~
✗ Open Properties (If you don't see Properties, hit Cmd+F3 or go to: Window > Properties) and raise the Smoothing level.
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:
Step #4: Change the Color ~
✗ Change the color to Black.
Step #5: Object Drawing OFF ~
✗ Also, make sure Object Drawing mode is UNCLICKED
✗ Again, have Object Drawing un-clicked -
Step #6: Draw a Tree Trunk ~
✗ Draw a Tree Trunk
Step #7: Draw the Foliage ~
✗ Draw the leaves …
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.
✗ 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 or hit the keyboard shortcut letter: (k) …
✗ … select Close Large Gaps under Gap Size at the bottom of your Tools palette …
✗ … and fill the leaves green and the trunk brown.
Step #12: Fruit ~
✗ Change the Fill to Red or whatever and draw some fruit on the tree with the Brush.
Step #13: Trunk Lines ~
✗ Add some details to the trunk:
Step #14: Deco Tool ~
✗ Get the Deco Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (U) …
✗ … try the vine.
Step #15: Convert your Shape to a Movie Clip~
✗ Using the Selection Tool (v) again …
✗ … drag a box around your object to select the whole thing:
✗ You know it's selected when it has the dots.
✗ Then hit (or Right-Click and select: ) and make a Movie Clip.
Step #16: Filters ~
✗ Go to Filters in the Properties menu …
✗ … add Bevel …
✗ … and Drop Shadow to the tree.
Last Step: Save and View your work ~
✗ View your work by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Enter
✗ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.fla]
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• 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.