Weekly Flash tutorial roundup #6

Another week, another article, some more Flash tutorials here to screw up with your free time and to make you dream Flash even when you’ll think it’s gone. Some kind of good/bad dream.

Weekly Flash tutorial roundup #6

Data Structures: Linked List Actionscript tutorial

Data Structures: Linked List Actionscript tutorial

A linked list is very similar to an array in a way that both are structures capable of storing elements sequentially. However, taking a closer look reveals that they work totally different internally. Like all arrays the build-in array class in ActionScript stores multiple elements in a single array instance accessed by indexing, while a linked list uses a separate object instance for each data element. This object is called a node, and besides storing the data it also needs to hold a reference to the next node in the list.

Flash Calculator Actionscript tutorial

Flash Calculator Actionscript tutorial

Masking background Flash tutorial

Masking background Flash tutorial

Realistic smoke effect Flash tutorial

Realistic smoke effect Flash tutorial

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a realistic smoke/fog effect in flash. This is useful for adding atmosphere to images, games and pretty much whatever you fancy.

Video Encoding Basics Flash tutorial

Video Encoding Basics Flash tutorial

Learn the basics of encoding video into the FLV format. Sorenson Squeeze is used.

Build a jigsaw puzzle game in Flash

Build a jigsaw puzzle game in Flash

Here we’ll learn how to make a Flash jigsaw puzzle game using any artwork you prefer. It is fun, easy, and best of all it’s extendable! This tutorial will show you how to use Flash 8’s filters to make realistic puzzle pieces without using Photoshop effects. This will save you tons of time because you don’t have to render the effects in Photoshop and export each individual piece separately. You will learn how to make the puzzle pieces by masking the artwork, and then applying the Drop Shadow and Bevel filters. The benefit of this approach is you can change the puzzle artwork instantly by replacing the artwork PNG file. The puzzle pieces are randomly placed on the right-hand side and are draggable. As soon the player put it in the proper target (invisible movie clip), it will snap to the right position. When the puzzle is completed, it displays an animation and a button will appear that allows the browser to play again.

Pop-out Flash banners tutorial

Pop-out Flash banners tutorial

In an increasingly mature market, online ads compete to attract the attention of Web site visitors more than ever. Recent years have seen a migration from animated GIF banners to Flash because of Flash’s superior interactivity, flexibility and high-quality image reproduction.

While this has helped maintain user interest and click-throughs, users are becoming harder to engage through advertising as they become desensitized.

One way to stand out is to break the mould: allow your ad design to leave the confines of its banner, taking advantage of the full browser window to capture the visitor’s imagination.

How to design a cool futuristic website interface Flash tutorial

How to design a cool futuristic website interface Flash tutorial

In this easy Flash 8 professional lesson I will explain you how to design a great interface for your Flash website. You will learn to make the following:
- How to create a spherical, circular orb-like screen for the interface, encased in a black matte frame,
- How to animate a part of the spherical screen with some extremely simple ActionScript code,
- How to use the blending effects & filters in Flash 8 professional to achieve cutting-edge effects on – your interface,
- How to create the interactive part of the interface, with hi-tech menu buttons,
- How to make blinking buttons that connect to the sphere,
- How to use pixel and bitmap fonts for a cooler look,
- How to make a sonar-like animation on a map (more coolness),
- How to make a simple but cool glowing digital clock and a lot more.

Flash Vector Illustration tutorial

Flash Vector Illustration tutorial

Vector Illustration is often quite hard to wrap ye old noggin around sometimes – especially for beginners. While most Illustrators tend to use the larger more orthodox illustration applications such as Adobe Illustrator and Freehand , I choose to use Flash because of its simple, and animation friendly drawing tools. I plan to write a few of these, but first I want to lay down the basics before I even write about shading and tone, so yeaaaaaaaah!

Flash Math tutorial

Flash Math tutorial

In this tutorial we’ll begin to explore Flash’s powerful Math functions.

Advanced light effect Flash tutorial

Advanced light effect Flash tutorial

This tutorial will learn you how to create advanced light effect using the Action Script code. In this tutorial I will apply a light effect on some picture. This tutorial is so complicated to explain, but I’ll try on to explain it on the best way I can. To create this tutorial you must use at least Flash 8.

Skeletal Animations Flash tutorial

Skeletal Animations Flash tutorial

This is no true bones animation, just a quick experiment. A set of pre-calculated joints in ten keyframes are interpolated for smooth movement. The flash matrix class is then used to render movie clips instead of lines connecting the joints for a solid appearance.

Teleportation Effect Flash tutorial

Teleportation Effect Flash tutorial

In this tutorial you have a chance to learn how to create teleportation effect on a simple way in flash 8, without Action Script.You will also learn how to use Flash filters, how to use Info Panel and more.

Drop Down Flash Menu tutorial

Drop Down Flash Menu tutorial

This Flash tutorial will show you how to create a basic drop down menu.

Using XML in Flash CS3/AS3 tutorial

Using XML in Flash CS3/AS3 tutorial

One of the major changes in AS3 is how you deal with XML content. While a lot of similarities carried over from the AS2 days, there are new time-saving niceties in AS3 that make working with XML files easier. One of the introductions is Ecmascript for XML, known as E4X for short.

The Running Man Flash tutorial

The Running Man Flash tutorial

Learn how to do character animation in Poser for use inside of your Flash movies.

User authentication via Flash, MySQL and PHP tutorial

User authentication via Flash, MySQL and PHP tutorial

HAVE YOU EVER wanted a secure section for your Flash website where you could store client demos or family photos? We’re sure some of you must have seen it done before via PHP or .NET but never actually known how to implement the same solution in Flash CS3 and ActionScript 3.0. Well then, this is the tutorial for you. First of all, you will start by creating a MySQL database using phpMyAdmin to hold the username and passwords, and then you will create the PHP script to check and validate the database to see whether the login details are correct. But you may be wondering what this has to do with Flash. Well, the visual layer will all be done in Flash CS3 using ActionScript 3.0 to communicate with the PHP file. You will also be creating an extra module, one which sends your username and password if you have forgotten the details. So now you know what you’re going to be doing, let’s crack on and get started!

Game creation tutorial

Game creation tutorial

This is the first part of a long step-by-step article that will guide you through the entire process of creating a Flash game including input management, basic physics, collision detection and a lot more!

Futuristic city, 3D techniques in Flash

Futuristic city, 3D techniques in Flash

This project was a little experiment for an old portfolio of mine, it uses a combinations of design skills including 3D modelling, Graphics design all topped off with a bit of Flash animation. If you look closely you’ll see that there’s a lot going on in this one, spaceships flying around and taking off, little alien men walking around, each of which has its own little design secret, and I’am here to reveal all.

The whole purpose of this project was to see what kind of website I could create if I had complete freedom without any of the usually do’s and dont’s of web site design. As strangely enough opportunities to show off your these kind of skills never really come up when designing for corporate clients he he.

This article aims to show some of the techniques and tricks used to create this project, I’am hoping it will inspire you to want to push the limits of what is possible with todays software.

Make a Flash game like Flash Element Tower Defense

Make a Flash game like Flash Element Tower Defense

One of the most popular Flash games around the web during last months was a game (with some variants) called Flash Element TD, “a Macromedia Flash based Warcraft TD game inspired by Element TD for WarcraftIII”, as says its author, David Scott.

The game concept is simple: there is a road, and some minions walking that road. You have to kill all minions before they reach the end of the road. You can build several facilities to kill minions and earn money to upgrade weapons as the minions get stronger and faster.

 
 
 
 
 

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