Flash MX Motion Guide Basics
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Okay, you know how to make things move along straight lines

How about along a curved path?

 

Create an object

 

Select it and Convert to Symbol (F8)

 

Name it

 

Control-click on down the Timeline and Insert Keyframe

 

Control-click on Frame 1 and Create Motion Tween

 

With the Layer selected, click on the Add Motion Guide icon

 

Click on the first frame of the Guide Layer

 

Draw a path (I used the Pencil to show you a useful option)

 

Select the line and click on the Smooth icon in the Tool Bar

 

A few clicks down the road and the line is smoothing out nicely (the Pen Tool works better for creating smooth paths)

 

Click to Lock the Motion Guide

 

Click on Frame 1 of your original layer and click-drag the instance to the beginning of your path

Use the target in the center of the instance as both a handle and cross hairs for positioning

 

Click on the last keyframe and drag the instance to the end

 

And that's it—you did it!

 

Next up: Shape Tweening

 

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