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Flash!
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applejinx
So THIS should be interesting...

Today I'm diggin' into Flash, which I have from when I got that Adobe bundle so I could make CD packaging with InDesign. I always let Flash sit around, because it didn't seem that suitable to anything plus I know Photoshop so well- obviously I was gonna want to do things with that, and for much pictorial work that would be correct.

But... PONIES!

MLP is a Flash thing- more than that, if you look at the actual images of it, it's really plain that it's built out of very Flash-y bits. Just about anything is either a vector line, or a full-on shape such as eye parts. These can be animated, and of course are.

The catch is, it's more like programmin' than drawin'. You don't even USE nice line-making skills, you add these control points and fool with 'em and layer all different sorts of simple shapes inside each other with reeeeally complicated masking.

The FUN part is I'm a programmer XD just one who has no clue about Flash, so I am poking around in this big deceptively simple-looking program tryin' to find where stuff is hid. I already took a tutorial animation, busted the masking, and fixed it, but I didn't really know what I was doin' so it hardly counts. I have the O'Reilly missin' manual for Flash CS4, so I'm going to keep at it, and might just be focusing on that in the foreseeable future.

Oh, who am I kidding. 'Course I'm going to keep at it. The only question is, am I gonna produce anything out of it- I'm guessin' YEAH.

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