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Summary:

Animate a Stick Figure Walking in Flash

    ●  Learn the basics of Frame by Frame animation. Also learn how to make a movie clip move across the screen using a Motion Tween.


Learn About:

Classic Motion Tweens Onion Skin Keyframes

  •   This tutorial is part of the Aesop's Fables and In Your Face Projects.

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Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

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Step #1: Open a Blank Document in Flash ~

Open a new Blank Document in Flash …

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

brush

Lower the Brush size - Start small ~

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Step #2: Smoothing ~

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

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Note: The higher the smoothing number, the better your drawing will look.

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Step #3: Draw with the Brush ~

Draw a head on the stage. Fill it with color if you wish.

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Draw a body and arms & legs too.



Step #4: Adjusting the Lines and Fill ~

You can reshape lines using the Selection Tool.

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Just grab the edges and drag!

Adjusting lines is one of the great benefits of Vector Graphic in Flash.



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

… picking a Fill Color from the color palette, …

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

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… and fill in your head.

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Step #5: Create a Movie Clip ~

Select your drawing by clicking on the Layer or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+A or go to: Edit > Select All

… hit F8 f8 (or Right-Click and select: ) make a Movie Clip and convert your man to a Movie Clip Symbol.



Step #6: Open the Movie Clip ~

Double-click on the symbol with the Selection Tool to open it …

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Now you are working INSIDE the Movie Clip.
movie within a movie

Remember: A Movie Clip is a movie WITHIN a movie.

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Step #7: Add a Keyframe ~

Hit F6 f6 (or Right-Click and select: ).


Step #8: Onion Skin ~

Click on the Onion Skin button. This allows you to see the outline of the all the frames.

onion skin


Step #9: Making your Movie Clip walk ~

Get the Eraser Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (e) …


… and erase the leg.

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Step #10: Redraw the Leg ~

Draw a new leg a little farther beyond the old one …

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… and do the back leg too.

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Step #11: Don't Forget the Arms ~

Erase the arms and move them too …

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Step #12: Repeat the Process ~

Hit F6 AGAINf6(or Right-Click and select: ) so you now have 3 Frames …

3 frames

… and erase the both legs and draw them again a little further out.

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Don't forget the arms …

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Step #13: Now make the Legs go Backwards ~

Hit F6 a third timef6 and begin to draw the legs going back the other way …

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Do the same to the Arms …

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Step #14: Again with the Backwards ~

Hit F6 a forth time and move the legs back again.

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Do this as many times as necessary …

many frames

.. and hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Enter cmd enter keysto view your work!

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Step #15: Motion Tween ~

Click on Scene 1 in the menu bar …

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… and drag the movie clip just off screen to the left side of the stage.

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Then go out to approximately Frame 40, and hit F6 to Insert a Keyframe.

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Move the movie clip to the other side of the stage.

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Then, right-click again in between the two keyframes and select "Create Classic Tween."

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You should see an arrow between the two keyframes if the motion tween works correctly.


Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Enter to view your work!


Last Step: Save, Attach & View ~

SAVE & Attach your files.