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I have Macromedia Flash and would like to learn it.
Any pointers on how to learn it fast? Yes I know...do the tutorials...lol but if anyone has a suggestion on creating a quick logo I would appreciate it.
- Learn when and how to use flash appropriately.
- Dig deep into the actionscript. Lots of the cool stuff is coded, rather then designed.
- Learn to trace bitmaps in flash. Use of the line and or pen tool can help you alot.
- www.flashkit.com is a great resource.
Hope that atleast gets you started.
If you are using Flash to design vector logos, you may find the tools to be less than ideal. It's best to use flash to put together elements from other applications. Vector work comes from Fireworks, Illustrator, or Freehand and bitmaps from Fireworks, Photoshop, etc.
Flash is the "glue" to make multimedia presentations out of otherwise static content. I've always loathed creating that content directly in Flash.
The best advice is to learn actionscript but that has a very steep learning curve compared to doing the tutorials and learning about motion tweens and what not. Generally speaking, the more you learn the faster your flash files will download. :)
Beyond that, you can do searches for things like 'flash tutorial' or 'actionscript tutorial' to find sites which offer those resources. WebmasterWorld isn't the place to list specific sites because of the whole 'self promotion' thing. :)
Once you get into it and have questions, feel free to post them here and someone can probably help.
For things that aren't, look for code examples on the web, learn from those that have come before you.
Personally one of the greatest things I've found about Flash is the drawing methods. Combined with a Wacom tablet, I've been developing many static sites by drawing them in Flash and exporting them as .bmp's, just something about it is more free than Freehand or Photoshop.
My main use for flash these days is to convert video files into swf files with my own controls. The main reason for doing this is because I can put a link back to my website directly in the flash video player. So if someone hotlinks or steals my flash at least it has a link back to where it came from unlike mpg or other video formats. This is probably the most practical application for using flash that I have come across and doesn't require a steep learning curve.
It's good that you brought this up. Nobody can steal your SWF files without you explicitly allowing there domain the permissions in a cross-domain policy file. The SWF won't play on any other domain but yours. They can only provide the link to the page containing your swf, which is on your domain anyways...that part of the Flash security model.
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