Trying to Learn Flash

Learning Photoshop has brought me lots of value (and money), and I think it’s much past due that I learn how to use Flash.

I can sssoooorrrrrt of use Flash right now as seen in my crude re-creation of my accident. I was also able to quickly pick up Swish which is what I might use from now on.

I’m not looking to become an expert in this, but I want to be able to regularly incorporate Flash into different projects. I can already make simplified little movies, but I want to learn how to use Action Script which is the programming language behind Flash (from what I understand). My end goal is to make small Flash files which react to mouse movement. Like when you roll your mouse over an area, it reacts in a certain way, or makes other objects in the file react. Shouldn’t be that tough.

As for now I’m starting to get re-acquainted with Flash, and this is my first little experiment with it:

That’s just from playing around a bit. I need to start learning how to properly use more advanced features. Both Flash and Swish have tutorials included in the software, perhaps those would be a good start. There’s also a massive amount of free flash tutorials out there (Google it), but has anyone had luck with a particular one?

I’ve given myself a reasonable time line to get familiar with making customized Flash modules: Two weeks. So come 5-22-2008 I should have some crude example of a interactive Flash file posted here.

Blog posted on: May 8, 2008

3 comments on “Trying to Learn Flash

  1. Tim

    I am trying to learn Photoshop and InDesign any suggestions about how to go about this? It is tough with not having either programs on my computer.


  2. Klever Girl

    I’m a graphic designer and I’m pretty good at all software but Flash. My guess that, like most girls, I have no patience for all things geeky (video games, fantasy genre movies, anime) BUT I know I need to learn it and I’m glad others are looking into it as well. I I knew of a few websites that are VERY helpful (or so I’ve heard, like I said, I have NO patience) you might want to check them out and let me know though…

    tres: ok, so I can’t remember the third one right off the top of my head, but if you go to your nearest Barnes & Noble or Hastings or Borders, go to the Graphic Design section of magazines and you will find some magazines from the UK that have CRAZY awesome tutorials on HTML, FLASH, and just general graphic design stuff. One of my favorites is COMPUTER Arts wait a minute…..yeah! that was my third link!

    give me a break, it’s monday…..



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