Adobe Flash Professional CS5 : Creating Frame-by-Frame Animation - Converting Frames to Keyframes, Using Frame-Based Versus Span-Based Selection

12/27/2013 3:11:48 AM

1. Converting Frames to Keyframes

Any frame can be converted into a keyframe. As a time-saver, you can select a range of frames and convert them all into keyframes simultaneously. This is useful when you have many frames to convert. It is also a good technique for fine-tuning shape and motion tweens. After the tween has been applied, you can convert the frames in the tweened span into keyframes and edit them independently.

Convert Multiple Frames Into Keyframes

1. Click on a frame, and then drag to select a frame span.

2. Click the Modify menu, point to Timeline, and then click Convert To Keyframes.


Press Ctrl+click (Mac) or right-click (Win) the selected frames, and then click Convert To Keyframes or Press F6 after selecting all of the frames you want to convert.

Did You Know?

You don’t have to select a frame to add keyframes. If you place the playhead over a frame and add a keyframe or a blank keyframe, it appears without you having to select the actual frame. However, if you are working with multiple layers, Flash adds a keyframe to all layers at that frame if no frame is selected.

2. Using Frame-Based Versus Span-Based Selection

Depending upon how you like to work, you can choose between two selection modes in Flash. The default mode is frame-based selection. In this mode, frames are treated as individual elements. When span-based selection is chosen, Flash treats frames as part of a frame span, which means all of the frames adjacent to a keyframe are selected as a unit. You can accomplish the same tasks in either mode and you can switch between the two depending upon the task at hand.

Set the Frame Selection Style

1. Click the Flash (Mac) or Edit (Win) menu, and then click Preferences.

2. If necessary, click the General category.

3. Select the Span Based Selection check box to enable span-based selection or clear it to enable frame-based selection.

4. Click OK.

Did You Know?

You can select a single frame in span-based mode. Press  Ctrl+click the frame. Likewise, to select a span of frames in frame-based mode, click the first or last frame in the span, and then drag until you’ve selected the entire span.

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