This is a content filled lesson that will keep your students busy and locked in. It touches on an important fundamental in Flash; how to use layer masks to selectively reveal or conceal things. Specifically, students learn to make a car look like it is coming out from the garage in a realistic manner. A second mask is used to make a garage door appear as if it is opening into a house. Masking is a technique that can lead to "aha" moments for students as they add yet another tool to their animation toolkits.
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Students also learn how to add photo-realistic textures to their artwork in Flash. For example, students can fill a deck that is conceived in Flash with a wooden texture that they find online. As a bonus, students are shown how to create a stucco texture from scratch in Photoshop CS6 and import this texture into Flash. (If students do not have Photoshop, they can simply find an exterior wall texture online).
This project allows for differentiated learning, primarily by offering extension suggestions for the early finishers in class. There is a video available which demonstrates how to create and use one of the masks. This can be very useful for students who are having difficulty following some of the instructions. The instructions are comprehensive and in the form of clickable and navigable interactive .pdf files. This project is ready to go out of the box, and students should be able to work independently on it.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments regarding this assignment! I hope that you find it useful and I look forward to hearing from you.
Included in this package:
- a .pdf teacher instruction file with plenty of screenshots and clear instructions.
- sample answer files (.SWF and original .FLA file)
- extension sample answer files (.SWF and original .FLA file)
- sound files used in the animation
- image files I used for some of the textures
- Take the time to do this activity yourself prior to presenting to the students so you are familiar with the steps.
- If you have access to a scanner, students could also hand draw some artwork and then import it into Flash where it can be traced. This appeals to some students.
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