Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


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.

Other People's Work:

Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

example walking

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Step #1: Open a Blank Document in Flash ~

Open a new Blank Document in Flash …

actionscript

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

brush

Lower the Brush size - Start small ~

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


Step #2: Smoothing ~

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

Raise the Smoothing level.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

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

TRY IT!

BadbadbetterBetter


Step #3: Draw with the Brush ~

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

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Draw a body and arms & legs too.



Step #4: Adjusting the Lines and Fill ~

You can reshape lines using the Selection Tool.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

 


Just grab the edges and drag!

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



Also, you can fill in the head by getting the Paint Bucket paint bucketor just hit the letter (K) …

paint bucket

… picking a Fill Color from the color palette, …

fill-color-fl-11.png

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

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

… and fill in your head.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


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

Then hit F8

f8

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

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

You are now INSIDE a "movie within a movie."

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


Step #7: Keyframes & Onion Skin ~

Hit F6

f6

F6 inserts a new keyframe

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

onion skin


Step #8: Making your Movie Clip walk ~

Select the Eraser Tool or just hit the letter (E) …


… and erase the leg.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


Step #9: Redraw the Leg ~

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

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

… and do the back leg too.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


Step #10: Don't Forget the Arms ~

Erase the arms and move them too …

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


Step #11: Repeat the Process ~

Hit F6 AGAIN …

f6

… you now have 3 Frames …

3 frames

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

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Don't forget the arms …

arms 2


Step #11: Now make the Legs go Backwards ~

Hit F6 a third time …

f6

… and begin to draw the legs going back the other way …

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Do the same to the Arms …

arm


Step #12: Again with the Backwards ~

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

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Do this as many times as necessary …

many frames

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

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


Step #13: Motion Tween ~

Click on Scene 1 in the menu bar …

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


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

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


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

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


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

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


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

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


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

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Enter cmd enterto View your Work!


Last Step: Save, Attach & View ~

SAVE & Attach your files.