Friday, 8 November 2013

Flash Basics: The Layout

The basic layout of flash has the stage, timeline, properties panel, library panel, toolbar, and some collapsed extra windows.

The stage is where you draw in Flash. By default, the stage is white.

The timeline automatically starts with one layer and one blank frame. Layers are like transparent sheets that you can paint on and can contain many frames. Frames are used in animation and contain images you draw. The timeline also lets you play back and edit your frames.

The properties panel lets your control various properties of objects, selections, the stage and tools.

The library is where imported material and symbols are kept.

The toolbar houses the various tools used in Flash. You can also change some of the properties of the various tools you're using.

The extra windows are collapsible panels which cotain colour controls, presets, transform panels... These panels can be closed or moved to other locations of your layout for easier access.

You can also alter your layout by selecting options from the workspace drop-down. Flash selects the appropriate windows and tools depending on your choice. If none of these layouts suit you, you can add, close or move windows to your liking, then save it by selecting New Workspace.

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