10 Best Adobe Flash Tutorials for Beginners

Flash is notorious for being one of the least intuitive animation programmes available, but when it’s learned, it is an extremely useful tool.

Check out these top ten Adobe Flash tutorials to help you learn the basics of how to use Flash:

Web Monkey - Introduction to Flash

This two-part series covers the fundamentals of Flash: what it can do and how to use the controls.  If you aren’t familiar with the programme, this is a great place to start.

 

Simple Flash Header

This tutorial will show you how to make a basic header with rotating fan blades in the background.  It’s a graphic that is simple enough to be eye-catching without distracting the viewer.

 

Broder Jakob - Drawing in Flash

This tutorial is designed to help you draw in Flash—great tips for when you need to create your own images.

 

Steves Tutes - Basic Flash Animation

Get a feel for basic Flash MX animation with this tutorial.  It goes over tweening and key frames.

 

Flash Picture Animation

This tutorial will show you how to create an animation from a static image by using the Brush Tool and mask.

 

Slideshow Image Gallery

Making a slideshow-style image gallery is an easy way to present multiple images in a style that can suit just about any type of website.  And here’s a tip: if you’re trying your hand as a freelance designer, this Flash gallery is a great way to showcase your work on your website.

 

Interactive Content Box

This tutorial will show you how to make an interactive content box.  This is a great, user-friendly element to use in your web designs.

 

Preloader Flash Tutorials

Preloaders should be used for any videos or sites that take a little time to load.  This tutorial will show you how to make a preloader out of any simple image that applies to your site.

 

Flash Menus with Masking

Easy and intuitive navigation can make or break a website, so it’s important that you learn the Flash techniques that make for a great navigational menu.  This tutorial will give you some solid tricks of the trade with room to grow as you develop your Flash skills.

 

Drop Down Flash Menus

Another navigational menu tutorial.  This one offers an easy way to build an attractive drop down menu that you can customize with colour changes and fonts.

 

Students in our Adobe flash courses will learn all the tricks and tips they need to create interactive and engaging websites, but if you need a refresher or just want to start exploring on your own, there are plenty of great tutorials on the web to get you going. Natcoll has short courses to upgrage your skills in flash based in Wellington,Christchurch and Auckland. Natcoll also has an Flash games course for students that might like to learn some more advanced Flash.