How to create a banner with Flash?
Flash animation is used everywhere, and creating a banner or an intro for
some website does not take much effort or time. Numerous software flash
builders allow you to create an animation and put it on your
website with no coding whatsoever. We will take a look at one of such Flash
animation tools, Amara Flash Intro and Banner Builder.
Step 1: Download and install the program.
Download Amara Flash Intro and Banner Builder to a known location. Run the downloaded setup
and follow its instructions to install the program.
Step 2: Start the program. Create a new animation template.
Launch the Flash builder. The main window will be shown:
There are two main areas. On the right, a
preview of the current banner is shown. There is a demo-animation available,
showing us capabilities of the program. The left are shows the parameters and values of the
current banner. Here we can see how the demo animation is built and what properties
are responsible for the effects.
To create a new flash banner, click "New" in the upper
right corner of the program window. All fields and the preview area will turn
empty. Let's give a name to the newly created Flash animation.
Just enter some name into the
Step 3: Set banner's options. Create Flash animation.
Now let's take a look at the left area. Here we can specify some values, select effects and
finally click the "Generate and display" button in the right part of the Flash
editor's window to preview our adjustments.
The tabs at the top of our workplace are each responsible for an options category,
and the first one, "Layout", enables us to set dimensions of our
background, loop settings and border colors. Enter appropriate values and select a background image or clip with the help of
the "..." button next to the "Image/Clip file name" field.
Now switch to the "Type" tab and specify general parameters for the
There is a detailed description for every option. "Banner" or "Intro"
determine some basic properties of the animation. "Link" allows you to redirect a user
watching the intro to some specific website after the animation is finished. The
"Skip intro" settings allow you to create such option for users of the website
where this animation is shown.
The "Texts" tab provides us with all tools necessary to create a Flash text animation. Here you choose effects for the text, its position, timing and
Click "Add item" to create a new text line with its properties,
enter some text and apply an animation effect from the drop-down list
below. We can get more precise adjustments using the "Text position", "Timing",
"Font style" tabs. When everything is set, proceed to the "Sound" tab.
This tool controls the background sound of our Flash animation. Simply click the "..." button to browse and select an audio file.
The main work is done now. We can save our Flash clip and upload it to our
website. Switch to the "Save" tab in the right part of the Flash editor
and click "Save SWF". This will save the animation, but if you'd like to save
your template and project, click "Save" right under the template name field and
select a location for the file.
The Flash animation creator also shows you the HTML code
that helps embedding the banner
to your website. Simply copy and paste it to the HTML code of your site.
The trial version of Amara Flash Intro and Banner Builder can not save any
animation or project templates. If you like the program, you can register it
and remove all limitations.
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