Kegan's Flash Animation Tutorial


Tools to use

A list of tools needed and how to use them is below:

Tool Name/Keyboard Command What You Can Do with It
Selection (V) Select and move objects on the stage and work area
Subselection (A) Select and move specific points on a path or a shape
Free Transform (Q) Change an object’s dimensions, rotation, or proportions
Gradient Transform (F) Change the size, intensity, and direction of a gradient fill
3D Rotation (W) Translate 2D artwork into the 3D plane and rotate it around an x, y, and z axis
3D Translation (G) Click and drag artwork along the x, y, or z axis to illustrate depth and distance
Lasso (L) Create freehand selections around one or more points
Pen (P) Create accurate, point-by-point straight and curved paths
Add Anchor Point (=) Add anchor points along an existing path
Delete Anchor Point (-) Remove anchor points from an existing path
Convert Anchor Point (C) Change the curve orientation of an existing point
Text (T) Create text on the stage
Line (N) Draw straight lines
Shape Tools (R, O) Create rectangular, oval, or multisided shapes on the stage
Primitive Tools (R, O) Create rounded rectangles and multiradiused ovals that can be modified
Pencil (Y) Draw freehand paths
Brush (B) Draw broad, freehand fill areas
Spray Brush (B) Create a spattered, airbrush-like painting with symbols from the library
Deco (U) Create animated or non-animated flower-and-leaf style fills or symmetrical artwork with symbols
Bone (M) Join shapes or symbols with virtual “bones” for creating posable inverse kinematics (IK) objects
Bind (M) Edit connections between objects created using the Bone tool
Paint Bucket (K) Apply or modify the fill color of an area
Ink Bottle (S) Apply or modify the stroke color and style of a shape or path
Eyedropper (I) Sample the color property from an object
Eraser (E) Erase parts of a fill or path
Hand (H) Reposition the stage and work area within the workspace
Zoom (Z) Zoom in or out of a selected area of the stage