Photo Transition

Photo Transition

Flash CS4 ActionScript 3.0 Tutorial


How to Create a Photo Transition with Movie Symbols Using Flash ActionScript



There are several transitions available to the Flash developer. Transitions allow you to transition from one Movie Symbol on the stage to another Movie Symbol. In other words, you may have element a on top of element b. By applying the transition to element a, then element b is revealed with a transition.

The Photo Transition is different than most transitions in that simulates a photo flash. You can either use a lightened version of the image or a white image behind your tweened object.

There are multiple transition options with ActionScript. For more information on other types of transitions, see topics, Blinds Transition, Fade Transition, Fly Transition, Iris Transition, Pixel Dissolve Transition, Rotate Transition, Squeeze Transition, Wipe Transition and Zoom Transition.

Tutorial Elements

Movie Symbol with instance name transObj_mc


Step One

Add two Movie Symbols of the same size to the stage and select the top symbol with the Selection tool. For information on creating a Movie Symbol, see topic, Movie Symbol Basics.

Step Two

Open the Properties panel (Cmd/F3 (PC-Ctrl/F3)) and type in the name transObj_mc for the Instance Name.

Step Three

Add a new layer called Actions to the top of the stack.

Step Four

Option double-click (PC - Alt double-click) the keyframe in the Actions layer to open the ActionScript panel.

Step Five

Copy/Paste the following code to the ActionScript panel.

import fl.transitions.*;

import fl.transitions.easing.*;

TransitionManager.start(transObj_mc, {type:Photo, direction:Transition.IN, duration:1, easing:None.easeNone});

Step Six

Test your movie by pressing Cmd/Return (PC - Ctrl/Enter). The upper symbol disappears for an instant, then returns.

Dissecting the Code

The first two lines import the transitions and easing packages into your document. The next line starts the Transition Manager and sets it's parameters. The type of transition is Photo and the transition makes your symbol appear similar to a photo flash. The duration length is 1 second and it has no ease.

More Options

Transition.IN can be changed to Transition.OUT to make your symbol disappear.

You can specify the duration value. None can be changed to Back, Bounce, Elastic, Strong, or Regular. For more information, see topics, Back Easing, Bounce Easing, Elastic Easing, Regular Easing, and Strong Easing.

The value for easeNone can also be set to easeIn, easeInOut, or easeOut.