Butterfly Following a Motion Guide 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 …
✗ Select your butterfly movie clip …
✗ …and hit the keyboard shortcut: F8 …
✗ … or go to: Insert > New Symbol …
✗ … or Right-Click and select: …
✗ … either way, set the Registration point: top-center
Step #2: Double-Click to Open the New Movie Clip ~
✗ Double-Click on your movie clip to open it …
Now Should Now Be Working INSIDE the Movie Clip.
✗ … Right-Click on your movie clip and select Create Motion Tween.
Step #3: Motion Tween ~
✗ Grab the end of the Motion Tween and give yourself about 80 or 90 frames worth of time …
✗ Now you can move the Movie Clip across the screen - it doesn't matter where right now, you can adjust the position later.
✗ Now you have a simple Motion Tween.
Step #4: Adjust the Path ~
✗ Now, get the Selection Tool and you can bend the path.
Step #5: Subselection Tool ~
✗ Using the Subselection Tool …
✗ … and grab the Bezier curves to adjust the anchor points.
Step #6: Minor adjustments ~
✗ Switch back to the Selection Tool and zoom in on the path to make precise adjustments …
Step #7: Orient to Path ~
✗ Click somewhere on the Motion Tween
✗ In the Properties panel, select "Orient to Path"
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.
✗ Attach both your .fla and .swf files.