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We're going to make a simple animation like:

No, yours doesn't have to look like mine

 

Select a tool to draw an object on the Stage

 

Holding down the Shift key while you click and drag gives you a perfect circle with the Oval Tool

 

Select the Arrow Tool from the Tools Panel and click and drag to select the entire object

 

Once selected, your object will look like the one below

Notice the settings in the Properties Panel

 

Control-click on the selected object to access the contextual menu and choose Convert to Symbol...

You can also just hit the F8 key after your object is selected

 

In the dialog box, name your symbol and make sure the Graphic option is selected

 

You object is now a symbol (notice how it is highlighted)

Notice the difference in the Properties Panel

 

Before going any further, I'm going to reposition my symbol (just click and drag)

 

Control-click on a frame further down the timeline and choose Insert Keyframe

 

Control-click on the first keyframe and select Create Motion Tween

 

Click once on any other frame (if you have a dotted line between keyframes you did something wrong)

 

Reposition your symbol

 

And Flash kindly generates the keyframe for us

 

Click on another frame and reposition your symbol

 

Click on another frame and reposition your symbol

No need to make the last one because you already did it way up there

 

Command-Return to test your movie (or navigate to Control > Test Movie)

 

And there you go

Nice job

 

You will find many more tips and more detailed instructions on the Basics (and Common Problems) page

 

Next up: Adding Sound

 

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