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Flash CS4 Professional Digital Classroom, (Book and Video Training) [Paperback]

Fred Gerantabee , AGI Creative Team
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Nov. 24 2008 Digital Classroom (Book 4)
Flash CS4 Professional Digital Classroom is like having a personal instructor guiding readers through each lesson, while they work at their own pace. This book includes 13 self-paced lessons that let readers discover essential skills and explore new features and capabilities of Adobe Flash Professional. Every lesson is presented in full color with step-by-step instructions. Learning is reinforced with video tutorials and lesson files on a companion DVD that were developed by the same team of Adobe Certified Instructors and Flash experts who have created many of the official training titles for Adobe Systems. Each video tutorial is approximately five minutes long and demonstrates and explains the concepts and features covered in the lesson. This training package shows the basics of using the program, such as using layers and instances to build animation sequences, as well as advance features, such as using ActionScript to create interactive Web page components. Jam-packed with information, this book and DVD takes users from the basics through intermediate level topics and helps readers find the information they need in a clear, approachable manner.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy Flash Newbie March 12 2010
This is my first review at Amazon, but I was so impressed with this book, I just had to let others know.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview Not Necessarily For The Newbie By Itself Nov. 30 2008
By Diamond Nikonian - Published on
I have been playing with Flash on and off for some time. Until now I have not been able to put all the pieces together. There are some great books out there that provide more detail on the basics of Flash which I think one needs to better understand Flash and better understand the lessons in this book. There and other great books that show you how to master Flash but they are more advanced and are focused primarily on pure animation within Flash. This book pulls it all together. Concepts I thought I understood before are much clearer now. If you are a web developer and not a graphic designer you will find the examples very practical. This was one of those technical books that inspired me and I found I put off other work just so I could get to the next chapter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Teaching & Learning Dec 13 2008
By Monica Surrency - Published on
Working in the Higher Education field, I use Flash for multiple purposes. One way is to create items for online learning environments. I am also and adjunct instructor who teaches students to use flash for website and multimedia creation. I have been using flash since 2002, but every new version offers new features and interface changes. Flash CS4 Professional Digital Classroom is a wonderful tool for me to make the transition from CS3 to CS4. The book is very organized, making it easy to find the topic I need. The book provides practical lessons for beginners in flash, or advanced users transitioning into CS4.

As in instructor, this book is a wonderful tool for students with different learning styles. The students can open files provided on the accompanying DVD, and follow along with the step-by-step instructions containing wonderful images for visual demonstrations. At the end of each chapter are review Q&A's for self-evaluation.

The supplemental videos on the DVD are a great way for students to learn at their own pace. This is wonderful for students who may have missed something in class, or just need to spend more time to go over the lesson. The concise videos not only demonstrate how to do something, but provide explanations of why that particular step is done.

This book is a great tool for teaching and learning Flash for all levels of users.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flash CS4 showed me the Light! Nov. 13 2008
By John Donahue - Published on
This Flash CS4 Professional tutorial helped me bridge the gap between my traditional print-world experience, and taking advantage of the interactive world of Flash CS4. The lessons are self-paced, and the DVD helped me reinforce my new Flash skills, or take a few minutes to review areas where I still needed some work.

This is the fourth book I've used in the Digital Classroom series. The pace is always perfect. And Flash CS4 helped explain everything from animation sequences to the opportunities of ActionScript.

Digital Classroom Flash CS4 showed me the Light!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Project-based Lessons Jan. 9 2009
By Diane Cipollo - Published on
This book by Fred Gerantabee and the AGI Creative Team is a great book if you are learning Flash or just want to learn how to use the new features in Flash CS4 Pro. This book is sectioned into 15 lessons beginning with an introduction to Flash, a touch of ActionScript and ending with advanced animation techniques.

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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tutorial May 15 2009
By dadd75 - Published on
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Having never used Flash, being 52 years young, I can really say this book is very good at teaching Flash CS4 fundamentals. Flash for Dummies does not even rate against this book. I went through the Dummies book first, but got so much more out of the digital classroom book.
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