Shape Tween

Shape Tween

Flash CS4 Tutorial


How to Add Shape Tween to Flash Timeline



Shape Tweens are used to morph between Merge Shapes and Drawing Objects. Shape tweens appear in the timeline as a green tween.

For a Symbol tween you would use a Classic Tween or Motion Tween. For more information, see topics, Classic Tween or Motion Tween.


Step One

Add a rectangular object to the workspace with the Rectangle tool (r key).

Step Two

Click frame 20 of and press F6 (Insert > Timeline > Keyframe).

Step Three

At frame 20, choose the Subselection tool (a key) and drag the object points to reshape the rectangle.

Step Four

Right-click the timeline between your keyframes and choose Create Shape Tween from the pull-down menu.

Step Five

To render your swf file, press Cmd/Return (PC-Ctrl/Enter).

The Power of a Shape Tween

Shape tweening opens a world of possibilities. You can morph between various shapes, letters, colors and designs. To shape tween text, you would need to choose Modify > Break Apart twice to convert the text to Merge Shape before applying the Shape Tween.

Watch for Dashed Tweens

Dashed tweens tell you that something is wrong. For instance, if you assigned a shape tween to two keyframes that contained a symbol object, then the tween would appear as a dashed line.


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