Falling Leaves in Flash
Here’s what your animation needs for you to get an “A.”
- 2 different leaves as library symbols
- Each of those leaves is used on three different layers
- On each layer the leaf starts small off-stage, moves to the right, then moves to the left and ends off-stage using Motion Tweens
- Each leaf animation uses scale, rotate and skew
- Each leaf animation uses rotate (clockwise and counter-clockwise)
- Background (not animated)
- Top layer has a flower (also a library symbol)
- The flower moves using a Motion Guide
New Flash file, the first layer will be kept for background. Add new layer named “falling1.”
NOTE: You will only hand in the SWF files on completed Flash assignments and not FLA files. Each time you “test movie” in Flash, an SWF file is created with the same name in the same location as your working FLA file.
- Choose a green fill and a dark green stroke.
- Use the pen tool to create a series of dots in the shape of a simple leaf.
- Then use the arrow tool. Holding the arrow next to the line you will see a small curved icon. Use the curved icon to change the straight line to a curved line.
- Holding the arrow next to an angle you will see a “backwards L” icon. Use this icon to change the angle (or to get rid of the angle).
- When the lines are curved and angles adjusted, your shape will look like a simple leaf. Use the Paintbucket to paint it green (Paintbucket only works with a fully enclosed shape).
- Then use the line tool to create “ribs” in the leaf. Once again you can use the arrow tool to make the ribs curved.
- When the leaf is completed place it in the Library and save as a Graphic Symbol named leaf1.
- On Frame 1 of the layer falling1 place the leaf outside the stage on the upper left. Make the leaf1 symbol small.
- On Frame 30 of the layer fall1 place the leaf on the lower right of the stage. Make the leaf1 symbol large. Use transform tool to flip it, skew it, rotate it.
- On Frame 60 of the layer fall1 place the leaf outside the stage on the lower left. Make leaf1 symbol small. Use transform tool to flip it, skew it, rotate it.
- Tween the layer, save the file, and test movie – the leaf will appear to be floating.
- Use this leaf on three different layers. DON’T PLACE THE KEYFRAMES ON THE SAME NUMBER. Vary the timing. Make sure each time the leaf is used it starts and ends outside the stage. (so the movie will loop)
- Create a second leaf in the shape of a Maple Leaf. Save as a Graphic Symbol called “maple.”
- Place the maple leaf and tween it on three different layers with the same transformations as the first leaf.
- Use one or two layers on the bottom to design a background. You can either create it with geometric shapes or with the paintbrush tool.
- Create a new symbol of a flower. Group and save in library as graphic named “flower.”
- Place flower on a new layer. Make this the top layer. Then create a guide layer linked to the flower layer and have the flower loop on a pathway.