Animation Class Exercises – Week 2

This week, we learnt about symbols and motion tween. There are 3 types of symbols: Movie Clip, Button and Graphic. W learnt about Graphic and Movie clip. First, graphic.

How we convert an object into  graphic symbol:

  1. Create the object (in my case, a circle)Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 9.43.02 AM
  2. Right click on object and select “convert to symbol”Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 9.43.12 AM.png
  3. Then select “graphic” from the popup (Button is my default, change that to Graphic)Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 9.43.36 AM.png
  4. The symbol is now in the library and ready to use whenever you need it.

A graphic symbol cannot be animated on its own, it must be animated on the stage and not in the symbol window.

Movie Clip symbol from object:

  1. Repeat step 1 and 2 from the above.
  2. Choose “movie clip” instead of “graphic”
  3. To animate it, go to the symbol itself and edit it in its own window. (Animate it there)
  4. When you drag the symbol from the library to the stage, it will perform its separate animation (pre-assigned from the previous step) and the animation we et for it on stage.

Motion Tween:

As for motion tween, it just makes an animator’s life easier. You can pre assign a start and end point. Then when you right click on the frames and choose create motion tween, the object will moderately move from starting to ending point.

Here are the class works we did as examples of the products that can be made from the above principles:

*If the videos cannot be opened, you can visit my vimeo page found on the footer of this blog.*



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