Beep Beep Car Tutorial
Part 6

 

 

Creating Your Movie

You now have created almost all of your graphics and have stored them as symbols. You are ready to create the movie.

Layers

Think of a layer as a transparent sheet on which you paint. You can see through each layer to the layers under it until you add color. You can add layers, delete layers, and change the position of layers. Each layer is independent of all other layers. The layer you are currently working on is called the active layer. You can view layer information on the Timeline.

Renaming a Layer

Change the name of the current layer:

  1. Double-click in the layer name area of the Timeline.


  2. Type Building to change the layer name.
  3. Move to the Library panel. If the Library panel is not open, choose Window > Library from the menu to open the Library.
  4. Click on the icon next to Building and drag a copy of Building onto the Stage.

 

Adding New Layers

Create a new layer for the sky.
  1. Choose Insert >Timeline > Layer from the menu to create a new layer above the active layer.
  2. Double-click in the layer name area of the Timeline.
  3. Type Sky to name the layer.

Create the Sky

  1. Make sure Sky is the active layer. When a layer is active, it is highlighted. You click on the layer name to make a layer active.
  2. Move to the Library panel. If the Library panel is not open, choose Window > Library from the menu to open the Library.
  3. Click on the icon next to Sky and drag a copy of Sky onto the Stage.

Rotate and Scale

You use the Free transform tool to resize (scale) and rotate an object. You need to resize and rotate the Sky symbol to create the sky.

  1. Choose the Free Transform tool.
  2. Click on the sky

  3. Move the pointer just outside of the selected sky until the cursor changes to a part circle with an arrow. This is the rotate icon.
  4. Click and rotate the sky until the blue is at the top and the white at the bottom
  5. Now to Scale the sky to the correct size so it covers the buildings. To set the size, grab the handles of the symbol and drag.
    NOTE: Holding down the ALT key while resizing, sizes in only one direction.

Changing the Order of Layers

You want to place the sky behind the buildings.

  1. Click on the Sky layer on the Timeline.
  2. Drag the Sky layer downward to place it below the Building layer.

Add Grass

  1. Click on the Building layer name to make the Building layer the active layer.
  2. Click anywhere outside the Stage to deselect the buildings.
  3. Select the Rectangle tool.
  4. Select the stroke Hairline from the drop-down menu in the properties panel.
  5. Select black in the Stroke color box.
  6. Select bright green in the Fill color box.
  7. Draw a rectangle below the buildings.

Add a Road

  1. Select gray in the Fill color box.
  2. Draw a second rectangle below the green rectangle.

Add a Title Area

  1. Select yellow as the fill color.
  2. Draw the last rectangle, as shown

Add the Trees

Now you will add two trees to your movie.

Create a Trees Layers

Create a new layer and name it Trees.

  1. Make sure Building is the active layer. (You click on the layer name to make a layer active.)
  2. Choose Insert > Timeline > Layer from the menu. A new layer will appear at the top of the Timeline.
  3. Double click the layer name
  4. Type Trees in the Name field.
  5. Click on OK.

Get a Tree

Take a tree from the Library.

  1. Move to the Library. If the Library panel is not open, choose Window > Library from the menu.
  2. Click in the icon next to Tree and drag a tree onto the Stage.

Resize the Tree

  1. Choose the Selection tool.
  2. Select the Scale Modifier.
  3. Drag the handles until the tree is the appropriate size.
  4. Place the tree on the Stage in front of a building.
  5. Repeat the process and place another tree on the Stage.