Flash CS4 Professional Digital Classroom, (Book and Video Training) Paperback – Nov 24 2008
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From the Back Cover
You have a personal tutor in the Digital Classroom
If you want expert instruction that fits into your schedule, the Digital Classroom delivers. Adobe Certified Experts guide you through 15 lessons, helping you learn essential Flash CS4 Professional skills at your own speed. Full-color, step-by-step instructions in the book are enhanced with video tutorials on the DVD. With Digital Classroom, you have your own private instructor showing you the easiest way to learn Flash CS4.
- Create cool vector-based artwork and animation with Flash drawing tools
Use the new animation engine to easily create stunning, lightweight animation for online and CD/DVD ROM projects
Duplicate, save, and reuse animation sequences
Explore all-new tools for building 3D graphics and animation
Import graphics from Photoshop® and Illustrator®; add music or video for immersive multimedia creations
Control movie playback and create interactive controls with ActionScript®
About the Author
Fred Gerantabee is the Training Manager at Aquent Graphics Institute and he is also an Adobe Certified Instructor. He is a member of the AGI Creative Team, which develops and delivers training programs for creative, marketing, and communications professionals through the Aquent Graphics Institute.
Top Customer Reviews
I was drowning to a sea of Flash information in a course I'm taking - lots of notes, lots of looooooong, hard-to-sit-through videos, and another text that just didn't seem to be jiving with my brain or learning style. I purchased this one in desperation to get some clear info or at least something that was concise and easy to read.
This was that book.
The authors take you through tutorials in each chapter, step by step (i.e., click here, choose that, do this, then that) and it's written in an easy style that helps learning - they even throw in a sense of humour here and there. Makes it much nicer to learn something that can be dry and brain-numbing.
I find the layout really nice. Some books are too "busy" with icons and side notes and what-not cluttering up the page. Not this one. It's clean and clear but you're never lost, just the same. (Who needs distracting icons??) And the full-colour printing is a huge plus as well.
This book comes with a disk that holds videos and sample files that you can work along with. HUGE bonus! The videos are great - long enough to run you through the techniques, very clear in instructions, but not dragged out or boring. In a word, *professional*.
The author is not only highly qualified with Flash, he obviously knows how to teach, as well. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone just starting out with Flash.
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I thought the first few tutorials were kind of boring - in Chapter 3, you draw a fish ... but once you get past these, they get more interesting.
If you are a beginner, start each lesson by viewing the matching video tutorial found on the book's DVD. It will familiarize you with the tools and techniques that you will be using in the lesson. Then you will find the step-by-step lessons easier to follow. Besides the video tutorials, the authors included a "putting it all together" section to show how the techniques being discussed work together. Most of the lessons are project-based, which is a good way to learn something new.
There are some significant changes to Flash CS4. The authors discuss the new UI, Deco and Spray Brush drawing tools, as well as the new 3D tools, Alignment panel and importing native Photoshop and Illustrator graphics. They also introduce the new animation tools including Motion Presets, Motion Editor and IK tools.
After the introduction, the authors give you practice with the drawing tools, text, colors, layers and all the basics for creating objects on the stage. Next, you start a web banner project and prepare for animation by discussing symbols, the Flash Library and how to organize your movie assets. Your next project is an animated ad featuring a worm. You will use the new Deco and Spray Brush tools to create symbols and then use the Bone tool to make the worm posable, in preparation for adding IK and animation. Finally, you are ready to learn Flash's new object-based frame by frame animation with a web banner project. But, the authors also cover the old type of Flash animation, now called Classic Tween. In the advanced animation project, you will add filters, 3D, easing and learn to create your own motion presets. When adding IK in your animations, you learn to use the new Bone and Bind tools, Shape Hints and Armature layers.
Most beginner-level books on Flash include an introduction to ActionScript and the authors discuss some of the most common tasks that a beginner might encounter such as programming a button to control the main Timeline. Using a simple animation project, they demonstrate step by step how to control the playback of both the Timeline and individual movie clips. They show the readers how to use both Script Assist and how to code ActionScript. The last projects include background sound, button synced with sound effects and video.
The AGI Creative Team teaches classes and authors books on many aspects of creative software.
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