Introduction: Using the 'Bone Tool' in Adobe Flash Professional

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The Bone tool can be used to create an armature using symbols or to create an armature using vector shapes. Here's a simple example of building a basic armature using the ellipse shape.

Step 1: Create a Document

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Create a new Flash document and select ActionScript 3.0

Step 2: Draw a Shape

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Draw an ellipse using the ellipse tool.

Step 3: Convert Shape Into Symbol

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Convert the ellipse shape into a symbol by right-clicking the shape. Select 'convert to symbol' and choose 'graphic' under Type. 

Step 4: Duplicate Symbol

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Duplicate the symbol by holding on to Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) key and drag the symbol to a new location. Flash will duplicate every time you click and drag the shape. Thereafter, select the bone tool

Step 5: Using the Bone Tool

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Select the first ellipse using the bone tool (M), linking it to the second ellipse. Do the same for the rest of the ellipse symbols. 

Step 6: Manipulate Armature in Real Time

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Select the Selection tool (V) and drag the last bone. The entire armature can now be manipulated in real time as you drag the last bone around. A new keyframe that copies the properties of the previous animation can be created by pressing F6 on your keyboard. 


bobjen293 made it! (author)2016-05-12

Awesome sauce!! Direct, to the point lesson that = results!! Worked like a charm!!

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