Animations in Adobe Flash

Create Simple Animations in Adobe Flash

The following tutorials will show you how to create some simple animations in Adobe Flash using a variety of techniques. These tutorials are basic and are a great introduction to animating in Flash. They are a good starting block for students or teachers.

The tutorial cards were sourced from the Flash Classroom

TUTORIAL 1: Traditional Animation


This tutorial shows you how to use Adobe Flash to create a simple animation using the traditional method of sequencing frames.

Here is a sample animation created using this technique.



Here is a video tutorial to help you along.


This video helps you to publishing and exporting the videos in different formats.


TUTORIAL 2: Animate Objects Using Motion Tween


This tutorial will show you how to create a basic motion tween to animate an object (e.g. fish) across the stage.

Here is a sample animation created using this technique.


Here is a video tutorial to help you complete this activity.


TUTORIAL 3: Morphing Objects with Shape Tweens


This tutorial will show you how to morph objects from one shape into another by using a shape tween. It will also show you how you can morph shapes into text.

Here are some sample animations created using this technique.




TUTORIAL 4: Using the Bone Tool


This tutorial will show you how to create a character and make it move using the bone tool.

Note, the bone tool is not available in the Creative Cloud version of Adobe Flash. I used Adobe Flash CS5 which has this tool.

Here is a sample animation created using this technique.




TUTORIAL 5: Make a Simple Drag and Drop Game


This tutorial will show you how to create a simple drag and drop game. NOTE: There is an error in the script.

You will need to correct the following line:

  • event.target.startDrag(true);
You will need to remove the "true" from the brackets so that the script reads:

  • event.target.startDrag();
Here is a sample of a drag and drop game created using this tutorial. Try it - click and drag a face part to a suitable location on the face and then let go.



Here is a tutorial for an even more challenging game.


TUTORIAL 6: Custom Buttons


This tutorial will show you how to create a custom interactive button.

Here is a sample interactive button created using this method.