Butterfly Flapping its Wings in Flash
● This is one of 3 tutorials which end with the butterfly flapping it's wings, flying around in a circle or any path you choose.
✓ Brush Tool✓ Smoothing✓ Color Gradients ✓ Free Transform Tool
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Step #1: Open your Project in Flash ~ ~
✗ Open the Butterfly you created from this tutorial …
✗ Double-Click on the butterfly movie clip with the Selection Tool …
✗ … OR - if you don't have a Movie-Clip yet, select all and hit (or Right-Click and select: ) and make a Movie Clip - making sure to set the registration point in the same direction the head of your butterfly is pointing.
Now Should Now Be Working INSIDE the Movie Clip.
Step #2: Trace Around the Wing ~
✗ Get the Lasso Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …
✗ … and trace around the wing.
Step #3: Cut the Wing ~
✗ Now, Right-Click & Cut the wing or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘) +X …
✗ … make a new layer, call it Right-Wing and go to: Edit > Paste-in-place.
Step #4: Left Wing ~
✗ Make a ANOTHER new layer called left wing …
✗ … cut the left wing off …
✗ … and paste it on the other layer.
✗ All parts of your butterfly should be separated into layers.
Step #5: Keyframes & Onion Skin ~
✗ Make sure all your layers are locked except the one you are working on, and then hit F6 to insert a new keyframe …
✗ Click on the Onion Skin button. This allows you to see the outline of the all the frames.
Step #6: Start the Wings Flapping ~
✗ Then select the Free Transform Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (Q) …
✗ … and squeeze the wing down slightly …
~ OR ~
✗ If your butterfly wing is side-view, you can distort and, holding Cmd (⌘) grab the corner and pull down.
✗ You may also need to adjust the position of the wing to keep it connected to the butterfly.
Step #6: More Flapping ~
✗ Hit F6 again to create a third new keyframe and squeeze the wing even smaller.
✗ Repeat the process as many time as necessary …
✗ Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd (⌘) +Enter to view your Work. Your movie clip might look something like this:
Step #8: The Other Wing ~
✗ Now do the other side - lock the right layer and unlock the other …
✗ … and insert a Keyframe into Frame 2 by hitting F6.
✗ Holding Cmd (⌘) , skew the right-wing the same way you did before …
✗ If you have a 3rd layer, hit F5 to add empty frames and complete timeline - something like this:
✗ Go back to Scene 1 …
✗ … and add backgrounds, flowers, clouds, be creative!
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✗ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.fla]
✗ Attach it!
• 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.