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Checkboard Transition Effect in Flash

Learn how to create a cool checkboard transition effect using masking in Flash.

Tutorial Details

Program: Flash  CS3

Difficulty: All

Estimated Completion Time: 1 hr

Tutorial Assets

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Source File ( .fla )

Tutorial Steps

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a masking effect which creates your picture vertically means bottom to top or horizontally means left to right, and reverse also. Here we are taking the stage dimensions as 500x300 and the FPS is 24, as shown in the Figure below. To start with the tutorials download the Check_mask_tutorial.rar file that will provide you with the necessary files to be used in the tutorial.

1. First we will learn how to create different masks for an image. For this we will import our scene image to the stage. To do that, choose File > Import from the main menubar and choose the downloaded images and import them on stage.

2. Next, set the stage size equal to the width and height of the images and convert all the images to a movieclip simultaneously and name them as img1, img2, and img3 respectively, as shown in Figure below.

3. Select the image and convert it to the movie-clip symbol by the name as pic1. Again convert pic1 symbol to movie-clip symbol using the name as Masking1. We are taking movie-clip symbol only because to use some filters effect on the image to get more powerful effect. See the reference image below:

 

4.  Next step is to create a classic tween to give an simple zoom out animation effect. Open the Flash Timeline, give the layer name a pic1. Press F6 on the frame 15 to insert a new key frame and convert frames to classic tween. Now give the ease value to 100% to get smooth zoom effect from fast to slow animation effect.

See the reference image below:

5. Click on the frame 1, go to the modify menu > select transform > select scale and rotate. Set the scale value to 120%.

Open the Properties Panel>Color Effect> set alpha to 0%. See the reference image below:

 

6.      Now, It’s time to create a mask shapes. We will create a simple rectangle shape. Make sure that how many pieces we need.  The stage dimension is 500x300  and we have to cover complete stage by placing mask shapes. Number of mask shapes will create more beautiful and impactful effect. Here we will create 12 rectangle boxes. That is why the width of the boxes will be 125px to cover the stage or image width and the height will be 100px. So that the box dimensions are 125x100px.

See the reference image below:

7.      Now, Distribute all 12 rectangle shapes to different layers (Select all shapes>Right click>distribute to layers). See the reference image below:

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8.        Now we got 12 shapes layer, these all are mask shape. Then insert 1 layer below each shape layer. See the reference image below:



9.       We will copy the same image animation. To copy frames, Select all Frames > Right Click on the frames > Select Copy frames. See the reference image below:

10.  Paste copied frames to each blank layer or to copy layer, select the tween layer > press alt key + Drag on to the blank layer.


 

Then mask each layer, Select a shape layer > Right click > Select Mask.



Now, To create the effect of image appearance in parts. We will give some frames space after each mask. As of now we are taking 5 frames gap. See the reference image below:

11.  Publish your file and watch the effect. Currently, we will find image parts are appearing but it is not building the complete image. To solve this problem we will insert frames on the animation end. See the reference image below:

12.  Here we need to stop the animation at the end as the complete image will be visible. Insert a new layer on the top of the all layers and insert a new key frame at the end of the animation, go to the action panel and give action: stop();
See the reference image below:

Now we have created a 70 frames animation effect. To give pause to the image, we can insert more frames according to the choice. See the reference image below:

13.  Now, we want to jump to the next image using the same effects. Copy the Masking1 movie-clip and paste it to the new layer names. Select the Masking1 symbol > right click > duplicate symbol named as Masking2. The same procedure can be applied for Masking3 or further more images.

14.  Edit the Masking2 symbol. On the first frame, Right click on the image and change to duplicate image named as pic2. Edit pic2 symbol and replace the image from the library.

15.  Select frames > Press alt key > Drag frames to other animation layer to replace the frames. Apply the same procedure to the next step as given in the reference image below.

16.   Apply the same procedure to the Masking3 and further Maskings.

17.  Go to the main timeline put All 3 masking’s to the 3 different layers with the gap of 70 frames. 70 frames gap is to play the masking animation and 20 frames gap is to pause the image for some time.

Here is the final effect.


Now building a website is as easy as 1-2-3!

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