Saturday, January 28, 2012

How to Animate in Flash - A simple step-by-step video tutorial

Flash is an excellent program developed by Adobe that can be used to create animation projects. It's got a comprehensive set of tools that allow you to draw, color, shade, and animate your artwork. You can create something as simple as a stick figure animation, or something more complex. This makes Flash a great program for both novice animators and seasoned pros. If you're just starting out with this program, and you would like to learn how to animate in Flash, check out the video tutorial below. It shows you a very basic animation example, teaching you some fundamental Flash concepts along the way. The simple animation example makes it easy for anyone to follow. You'll learn how to draw using the brush tool, and how to add keyframes in order to create your Flash animation. The tutorial is short, clear, and straight-to-the-point. So if you're ready to start learning how to animate in Flash, just click on the play button.

How to Animate in Flash - Video Tutorial for Beginners

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Creating a Simple Volume Bar in Flash

In this tutorial, we'll learn how to create a simple volume bar in Flash. We'll create a rectangle that grows bigger or smaller whenever we click on the volume buttons.

Step 1

Use the rectangle tool to draw a vertical bar. This will be our volume bar.

Step 2

Convert the bar into a Movie Clip symbol.

Step 3

In the properties inspector, give it an instance name. I'm going to name it volBar.

Step 4

Double-click on the volume bar on the stage to go inside its timeline.

Step 5

Inside the volume bar movie clip's timeline, insert another keyframe on frame 2. Then insert another keyframe on frame 11. So you should have 3 keyframes.

Step 6

Select the first keyframe, then delete the rectangle on the stage. So now, the first keyframe should be blank.

Why did we make this a blank keyframe?
This frame will be used to represent a volume level of 0, which is why we're making it empty.

Why do we have 11 frames in total?
There's no specific reason for this. You can add or remove more frames if you want. The more frames you have, then the more volume levels you can represent.

Step 7

Select the second keyframe. Then right click on the rectangle shape on the stage and choose Free Transform. Then scale the rectangle down until it's about 10% of its original size.

Step 8

Right-click anywhere in between frames 2 and 11, and choose Create Shape Tween. If you test the movie, you should see the animated bar growing and then disappearing and then growing again repeatedly. We'll be fixing that later when we add the ActionScript code.

Step 9

Go back to the main timeline by clicking on the Scene 1 link in the edit bar.

NOTE: When you go back to the main timeline, the volume bar will disappear. That's ok. It really should disappear because the first keyframe of the volume bar is empty.

Step 10

Create and add 2 button symbol instances on the stage. One will be used as the volume bar increase button, the other will be the volume bar decrease button. Make sure to give them instance names in the properties inspector. I will name them volUp_btn and volDown_btn.

Step 11

Let's add the ActionScript. Create a new layer and name it Actions. Then make sure that layer is selected and then open up the Actions panel.

Step 12

First, we must make the volume bar movie clip animation stop by adding this line:
If we don't make it stop, then the volume bar will just keep animating. We only want it to move up or down when we click on the buttons.

Step 13

Next, let's add the event listeners for the buttons so that we can click on them and make the volume bar go up or down. In one of the previous steps, I named the buttons volUp_btn and volDown_btn. For the event listener functions, I will name them volUp and volDown.
volUp_btn.addEventListener(MouseEvent.CLICK, volUp);
volDown_btn.addEventListener(MouseEvent.CLICK, volDown);

function volUp(e:MouseEvent):void


function volDown(e:MouseEvent):void


Step 14

When we click on the buttons, we either want to move forward or backward through the frames inside the volume bar movie clip, which I've named volBar. The way our animation is made, moving forward makes the volume bar bigger, so it would make sense to move forward in the animation if we want the volume bar to increase. And then moving backwards would be used to do the opposite. To move forward to the next frame of a movie clip, we can use the nextFrame() method of the MovieClip class. To move back, we can use the prevFrame() method. So in the volUp event listener function, we should use nextFrame(). And in the volDown function, we should use prevFrame(). So go back to the event listener functions and add the following lines:
function volUp(e:MouseEvent):void

function volDown(e:MouseEvent):void

So now, this means that whenever we click on volUp_btn, the volBar movie clip will move to the next frame of the animation nested inside it. And if we click on volDown_btn, it will go back to the previous frame of the animation nested inside it.

Step 15

Test the movie. You should now be able to click on the buttons and make the volume bar go up or down.

And that concludes this tutorial. For the tutorial on controlling the actual sound volume, go here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

AutoCAD 2011 Online Training Videos for Beginners - Free Video Tutorials

Check out these AutoCAD 2011 online training videos for beginners. In AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training, teacher and expert Jeff Cartels teaches you AutoCAD 2011 from the ground up. You'll start off with the basics - looking at the interface, getting to know the tools and how to use them, creating simple shapes, etc... And then you'll move on to modifying geometry to create more complex designs, annotating drawings and preparing them for construction, using the AutoCAD 2011 dimensioning tools, and more! The great thing about this course is that it teaches you the fundamentals and is industry neutral. You can take what you learn and apply it to any discipline.

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

How to use Access 2010 - Tutorials for Beginners

If you're interested in learning how to use Access 2010, take a look at these very helpful MS Access 2010 tutorials for beginners. These videos are from Access 2010 Essential Training from In this course, Microsoft Certified Expert Alicia Katz Pollock gives a comprehensive overview of creating databases in Access 2010. You'll learn how to build an Access database from scratch - including tables, queries, reports, and macros. Whether you're new to Access or have been using it for years, you'll learn some excellent tips and strategies for effective database design. The videos below are just a few of the videos from the training course. To access the entire course, you can sign up for a membership or you can try it out first with a free 7-day trial pass. The trial pass gives you full access to the entire training library of over 1000 courses.

What is Photography? - Online Photography Classes with Free 7-day Trial

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Adobe Photoshop CS5 Online Training Courses with a Free 7-day Trial

I've rounded up some excellent Photoshop CS5 online training courses from the web. These courses are self-paced, video-based training titles that you can access 24/7. And they range from beginner to advanced level training. Below, you'll find video introductions for each course. And as a special promotion, our visitors can get a free 7-day trial pass to gain full access to every single course listed below.

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Photoshop CS5 Essential Training
Level: Beginner

Get started with Photoshop CS5 in Photoshop CS5 Essential Training. In this Photoshop CS5 online training course, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.

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Photoshp CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals
Level: Beginner

In Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and Photoshop expert Deke McLelland will walk you through Photoshop as if in a classroom environment with just you and him. In this Photoshop CS5 online training course, he'll teach you the essential topics - everything you need to know to get started with Photoshop. Topics include: Adobe Bridge, Zooming and Scrolling, Resolution, Cropping and Straightening Images, Color Correction, Photo Retouching, Layers, Printing, Saving for the Web, and more!

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced
Level: Intermediate

Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, updated for CS5, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. In this Photoshop CS5 online training course, he explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
Level: Advanced

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Learn Revit 2012 Training Videos

Here are some excellent Revit 2012 training videos for those of you who want to learn Revit 2012. Revit 2012 is an amazing building design and documentation system created by Autodesk. Just click on the video links below to start watching the training videos. You'll learn about the typical drawing tools, how to set up levels, how to import CAD files, and more! These are from the Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 Training Course by the VTC Online University. You can go to to check out more of the training courses that they offer.

This training course has 7 hours worth of video tutorials. If you'd like to view the rest of those videos in this training course, sign up for a membership.

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Intro to Walls

Drawing Walls
Modifying Walls
Exterior Shell
Aligning Elements
Parapet and Wall Type
Offsetting Elements
Split / Trim / Extend
Adding Interior Walls
Add More Interior Walls

Doors and Windows

Adding Doors and Windows
Modifying Doors and Windows
Loading Types
Creating Additional Sizes
Practice Doors and Windows
Second Floor Doors
Add and Copy Windows

Curtain Walls

Creating Curtain Walls
Adding Curtain Grids
Modifying Curtain Grids
Curtain Wall Panels
Create a Curtain Wall Panel
Curtain Grid Mullions
Practice Curtain Walls
Practice Mullions
Practice Door in Storefront


Duplicating Views
Callout Views
View Display Setup
Practice Duplicate Views
Callouts and Graphic Overrides
Practice Foundations and Footings
Practice Exterior Elevations
Practice Interior Elevations
Practice Sections


Creating Floors
Modifying Floors
Shaft Openings
Sloped Floors
Practice Create Floors
Practice Balconies
Copy Floors and Cleanup Connections
Practice Shaft Openings


Adding Components
Modifying Components
Practice Lobby Furniture
Practice More Components

Reflected Ceiling

Creating Ceilings
Sketching and Modifying Ceilings
Ceiling Soffits and Fixtures
Practice Reflected Ceiling Plans
Practice Ceilings and Soffits


Creating Roofs
Practice Roofs by Footprint
Practice Roof on Poolhouse
Reference Planes and Work Planes
Roofs by Extrusion
Wall and Roof Intersections
Practice Roofs by Extrusion

Vertical Circulation

Standard Stairs
Stair Properties
Custom Stairs
Creating Ramps
Practice First Floor Stairs
Practice Upper Floor Stairs
Practice Stand-Alone Railings

Construction Documents

Setting Up Sheets
Views on Sheets
Modify Views on Sheets
Practice Construction Documents
Practice Setup-n-Add Views to Sheets
Printing Sheets


Modifying Dimensions
Practice Adding Dimensions
Working with Text
Detail Lines and Symbols
Annotate Construction Documents

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