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Fla into the File name or Save As text field. Choose a location on your hard drive for the new file, and click Save. The Start Page and New Document dialog box look different in Flash MX 2004 and Flash MX Professional 2004. The Professional edition has several additional file formats you can open and create. 3. png from the book directory on your hard drive. Click Open to import the file (a drawing of a mosquito), which is put directly on the Stage. 4. Select the PNG file on the Stage by using the Selection tool in the Tools panel.

5. Your layers should be named the following (from top to bottom): clouds, grass, sun, bird, mountains. Remember that each movie clip you intend to tween needs to be on its own layer without any other graphics or movie clips on that layer. 7. Select File > Save to save your changes. There are two different ways to modify the Timeline by creating or converting frames. You can use the shortcut F-keys on your keyboard (such as F5 and F6). Or, you can use menu commands (such as Insert > Timeline > Keyframe).

Select frame 1 of the movie clip layer and select Edit > Paste in Center. 3. Select frame 15 of the movie clip layer; then select Insert > Timeline > Keyframe from the main menu. This adds a new keyframe at frame 15 and gray colored frames between frame 1 and 15. The Coordinate System Flash's coordinate system starts at the upper-left corner of the Stage, which is 0, 0. Meaning that both the X and Y coordinate are at 0, 0. For example, if you move 10 pixels to the right and 5 pixels down, your X, Y coordinates are 10, 5.

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