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Flashtm 5 Weekend Crash Coursetm with CDROM (Weekend Crash Course)
Synopses & Reviews
Get Up to Speed on Flash(TM) 5 Web Animation-in a Weekend! The big day is Monday. The day you get to show off what you know about Flash 5 animations. The problem is, you're not really up to speed. Maybe it's been a while since you worked with Flash. Or maybe you just like a challenge. In any event, we've got a solution for you - Flash Weekend Crash Course. Open the book Friday evening and on Sunday afternoon, after completing 30 fast, focused sessions, you'll be able to jump right in and start creating Flash animations. It's as simple as that. The Curriculum Friday Evening: 4 Sessions, 2 Hours Menu Options & Preferences Basic Shape Explorations Using the Pencil, Brush, and Pen Tools Working with a Library Saturday Morning: 6 Sessions, 3 Hours Working with Layers Creating Background Content Creating Animated Foreground Content Creating a Complex Animated Figure Creating Interactive Buttons Introducing Button Actions Afternoon: 6 Sessions, 3 Hours Creating a Title Designing a Logo Creating Credits Creating Text Effects Exploring Text Animation Options Publishing and Exporting Evening: 4 Sessions, 2 Hours Exploring Bitmaps Understanding Flash Audio Working with Audio Applying Sound to Animations Sunday Morning: 6 Sessions, 3 Hours Designing Animations and Buttons Wipe F/X It's About Time Using Onion Skins Creating Strobes and Advanced Reveals Developing Nested Animations Afternoon: 4 Sessions, 2 Hours Exploring Gradients Advanced Bitmap Techniques Understanding Instance Effects Exploring Flash 3D CD-ROM Includes:
* All Flash example files
* Assessment software to help gauge your progress
* Plus trial versions of Flash and Amapi 5.15 TE, a tryout of Adobe Photoshop, and an evaluation version of Paint Shop Pro 6.0.
* Pentium PC running Windows 95 or later, Windows NT 4 or later; Power Macintosh running System 7.6 or later. See the CD Appendix for details and complete system requirements.
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This book gets readers up-to-speed with the latest version of Macromedia Flash in just a weekend. It consists of 30 learning sessions over a period of three days. Each session is designed to take 30 minutes to complete, so the Crash Course is an intense 15-hour learning period beginning on Friday evening and ending on Sunday afternoon. Naturally, readers can adapt their learning to whatever schedule best suits their needs, but the message that a reader with no prior programming experience can learn the language or development environment in one weekend will be carried throughout the book.
About the Author
About the Author R. Shamms Mortier has written and illustrated more than 15 books on computer graphics and animation, all available internationally. He has also written more than 800 articles and reviews for more than a dozen trade magazines since 1985. He owns and operates the Bristol, Vermont design studio, Eyeful Tower Communications, which serves broadcast, education, and entertainment industries.
Table of Contents
PART I-Friday Evening.
Session 1-Menu Options and Preferences.
Session 2-Basic Shape Explorations.
Session 3-Using the Pencil, Brush, and Pen Tools.
Session 4-Working with a Library.
Part I-Friday Evening Part Review.
PART II-Saturday Morning.
Session 5-Working with Layers.
Session 6-Creating Background Content.
Session 7-Creating Animated Foreground Content.
Session 8-Creating a Complex Animated Figure.
Session 9-Creating Interactive Buttons.
Session 10-Introducing Button Actions.
Part II-Saturday Morning Part Review.
PART III-Saturday Afternoon.
Session 11-Creating a Title.
Session 12-Designing a Logo.
Session 13-Creating Credits.
Session 14-Creating Text Effects.
Session 15-Exploring Text Animation Options.
Session 16-Publishing and Exporting.
Part III-Saturday Afternoon Part Review.
PART IV-Saturday Evening.
Session 17-Exploring Bitmaps.
Session 18-Understanding Flash Audio.
Session 19-Working with Audio.
Session 20-Applying Sound to Animations.
Part IV-Saturday Evening Part Review.
PART V-Sunday Morning.
Session 21-Designing Animations and Buttons.
Session 22-Wipe F/X.
Session 23-It's About Time.
Session 24-Using Onion Skins.
Session 25-Creating Strobes and Advanced Reveals.
Session 26-Developing Nested Animations.
Part V-Sunday Morning Part Review.
PART VI-Sunday Afternoon.
Session 27-Exploring Gradients.
Session 28-Advanced Bitmap Techniques.
Session 29-Understanding Instance Effects.
Session 30-Exploring Flash 3-D.
Part VI-Sunday Afternoon Part Review.
Appendix A: What's on the CD-ROM.
Appendix B: Vendor Contacts.
Appendix C: Exploring Macromedia Generator.
Appendix D: Answers to Part Reviews.
End-User License Agreement.
CD-ROM Installation Instructions.
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