In this tutorial you will learn how to apply a waving flag effect on image Movieclips.
This is the final result:
Flash 8, Flash CS3 or Flash CS4.
Note: The screenshot in this tutorial is made in Flash CS3. It works exactly the same in Flash 8 or Flash CS4. This tutorial is a ActionScript 2 Project (although no ActionScript is required). This effect is also available as ActionScript 3 version.
Step 1 – Install the effect component
Step 2 – Import image and convert to Movieclip
Import an images [press Ctrl-R] or “File” -> “Import” -> “Import to Stage…”.
Select the image and convert it into a Movieclip [press F8] or right click on the MovieClip -> “Convert to Symbol…”. Give the Movieclip the name “image”.
Select the just created Movieclip on stage and set the instance name to “image_mc”.
Step 3 – Apply effect and set parameter
Drag the component onto the Movieclip. The component snaps automatically.
Open the component inspector panel: “Windows” -> “Component Inspector”. Here you can set the parameters for the effect. All Movieclips with instance names in this frame are listed in the “Target Movieclip” select list. Since you have only one Movieclip the component assumes that you want to apply the effect on the Movieclip “image_mc”. Here you can set the options for the effect.
Note: These settings are only applied to this one instance of the effect component. If you drag the component on another Movieclip (somewhere else inside the .fla or in a new project) you have to set the settings again.
Step 4 – Export
Export the Movie Command -> “Test Movie” or press [Ctrl-ENTER] and see the result. If you’re not satisfied, go back and change the settings in the component inspector panel.
Step 5 – Play!
Now you can play around with the parameter, to customize you effect. You can also use this effect with ActionScript. Find the full documentation here.
Click here to download the fla of this tutorial. Note: The .fla includes the trial version of the effect component, which will only work in the Flash IDE (Flash 8, Flash CS3 or Flash CS4) but not inside the browser.
You can also download the Flash Waving Flag Effect Component here.
Here you can find a video tutorial of how to implement a different effect.