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Adobe Flash CC Introduction Masterclass with ACP Exam 5 Days - Cardiff

Key Course Details:


Introduction to Advanced


- 10am to 5pm


£995 + vat

Go from being a novice to mastering the advanced tasks in the leading interactive-design program. Join us as we show you how to take charge and become a Flash power user. Learn how to create and structure advanced visual projects. Pass the ACP exam and get qualified!

We will guide you on everything from getting started with a simple document and controlling the Flash environment all the way up to creating animations with complex motion paths. With our help, you will become confident in using the program's advanced features to produce impressive interactive visuals ready for the web. You will end the course by testing your skills in the ACP exam.

Go from being a novice to mastering the advanced tasks in the leading interactive-design program. Join us as we show you how to take charge and become a Flash power user. Learn how to create and structure advanced visual projects. Pass the ACP exam and get qualified!

We will guide you on everything from getting started with a simple document and controlling the Flash environment all the way up to creating animations with complex motion paths. With our help, you will become confident in using the program's advanced features to produce impressive interactive visuals ready for the web. You will end the course by testing your skills in the ACP exam.

  • Flash ACP Masterclass 5 Days

    Course Details

    This 5-day Masterclass course helps you learn about the tools and features available for power users of Adobe Flash CC. We will help you understand how this industry-leading program takes interactive design to a new level. You will learn everything from navigating the program's environment all the way up to creating interactive websites, animating complex scenes, and even applying 3D features. We will show you how to output your projects for the web, ready to impress your audience.

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Navigate the Flash environment
    • Import and create graphics
    • Draw using the built-in tools
    • Create and use symbols
    • Animate shapes
    • Import audio and video
    • Add simple interactivity through Script Assist and Behaviours
    • Publish in several formats
    • Build photo galleries, carousels, and MP3 players
    • Structure projects by adding navigation features
    • Apply perspective, blend modes, and other 3D features
    • Test your output and simulate a download

    The final day of the course is dedicated to the Adobe Certified Professional (ACP) Flash exam, including trying a mock exam, reviewing answers, and then taking the real exam. The ACP exam represents an official qualification, and you will be provided with an instant pass or fail result. We are confident that you will join everyone we have already helped to pass the exam and collect an official certificate of Adobe Certified Professional status.

    As well as giving you the opportunity to take the ACP exam, this course is the perfect preparation if you plan to take the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam.

    Our goals are for you to be able to create simple but professional documents that are ready to use for the web and for print, to understand the advanced features of Flash, to become a confident power user, and to leave with an ACP qualification under your belt.

    This course can be taken in a single 5-day block or split into a 2-day block (Introduction) and then a separate 3-day block (Advanced plus ACP exam) taken at a later date.

    Course Target Audience and delegate prerequisites:

    This course is designed for those who are new to design and development and who want to get started with Flash.

    You will need basic PC or Mac skills, including a solid understanding of a computer's operating system (Windows or Mac OS). You will also need to know how to launch a program, create and save files, and copy files from CDs and other media.

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  • Full Course Outline

    The following is a general outline. The range of topics covered during your training is dependent upon student level, time available and preferences of your course booking.

    Introducing the Course
    • Understanding the course format
    • Reviewing the course objectives and prerequisites
    • Looking at the course outline
    Introducing Flash
    • Launching flash
    • Resetting the workspace
    • Exploring the welcome screen
    • The flash files explained
    • Creating our first flash file
    • The panels
    • Modifying the movie properties
    • Saving the file
    Getting to Grips with Drawing
    • Strokes and fills
    • Solving classic problems
    • Shape Interaction
    • Working in a single layer causes its problems
    • Accidental fill on fill
    • Stroke and fill interactions
    Working in Layers
    • Building new layers
    • Locking previous layers to prevent modification
    • Hiding and showing layers
    • Outline view as an alternative to visibility
    • Adding shadows to our design
    Spelling it out
    • The text tool
    • Checking the properties before you type
    • Adding our text
    • Back to black
    • Changing the properties
    • Discussing the anti-alias options
    • Working with large blocks of text
    • An example of text orientation
    • Breaking apart text and applying a stroke
    Enhancing the Design with Images
    • A simple import to stage
    • Let’s take a look at workflow
    • A workflow for transparent content
    • Working with vector artwork
    Being Symbolic?
    • The concept
    • Convert to symbol
    • Compare and discuss the symbol types
    • Look at color effects
    • Look at filters
    • Reuse is the key
    • Blend modes
    Using the Mask
    • Importing an image
    • Creating a new layer
    • Using the grid fill deco tool
    • Turning it into a mask
    • Locking layers and preview
    Tweening Time
    • Steps to happiness
    • Tweening different properties
    • Putting it into practise - let’s build a banner
    • The magic staircase
    • Animating images
    • Cache as bitmap
    • Exploring easing and breaking up a tween
    Publishing your Movie
    • A quick look at publish settings
    • Publishing the movie
    • Reviewing the output
    Back to Banners
    • Banner advert sizes
    • Let’s build a banner to brush up our skills
    • Alphas, movement, scale, blur
    • Placing backgrounds and borders on our banner
    • Advertisement text
    • Transparent corners
    • Creating movieclips in retrospect
    • Masking revisited
    • Using a mask in an animation
    • How to add a simple link
    The Building Blocks of a Simple Microsite
    • Building a button
    • Duplicating symbols
    • Bringing the buttons together
    • Using a movieclip for the background
    • Sketching out the design
    Building our first page
    • The home page
    Building the other pages
    • Using scenes to separate our pages
    • Getting the content in the same place
    • Duplicating the title symbol object and then swapping it out
    • Swapping out the image
    • Modifying the layout
    • Naming our scenes
    • Modifying behaviour with a sprinkling of script
    • Adding some code to make the buttons work
    Sneaking in a simple preloader
    • Adding labels to our frames as anchors
    • Changing our publish settings to enable the anchors
    • Reviewing the movie and fixing any problems
    Publishing the Microsite
    • Publish settings and the flash player version
    • Reviewing our result
    Banner adverts
    • Dimensions and file sizes
    • Working our graphics before use
    • The kuler extension
    • Motion tweening with the motion editor and easing
    • Duplicating motion to a second symbol
    • Motion presets
    • Mask layers and movieclips in retrospect
    Introducing Interaction
    • Movieclips as buttons
    • Using this to create popups
    • Blend modes and reflections
    • Instance names
    • Scaling symbols and 9-slice view
    • The scroll pane and scrolling content
    Frame by Frame Animation
    • Illustrator as a tool
    • The import process
    • Drawn and scanned content
    • Import an image series
    • Tracing bitmaps and optimizing curves
    Working in 3D
    • First, the limitations
    • Using perspective to produce a different design
    • Gradient styles
    • Bitmap fills
    • Blend modes to darken into the distance
    • Movement in 3D and the motion editor
    • Rotation in 3D and the classic problem of completion
    • Publish settings and GPU acceleration
    Working with XFL
    • After Effects to Flash workflow
    • Indesign to Flash using xfl
    Getting it All Online
    • Using a swf in a dreamweaver page
    • Window modes and overlapping divs
    • The code produced by flash and how to use it
    • The Flash Project
    • Creating a project
    • Separating content into separate swfs
    • The UILoader component
    • Backgrounds and 9-slice scaling
    • Libraries and runtime sharing
    Building Navigation
    • Movieclips as buttons
    • Frame labels
    • Audio on our buttons and runtime sharing
    • Grouping buttons as a navigation bar
    • Filters revisited
    • Instance names
    • Accessibility on our buttons
    • Applying a document class to intercept interaction
    The Home Page
    • Static text and anti-aliasing
    • Importing an image for use
    • Converting to a movieclip to apply a filter
    • Introducing dynamic text
    • Fixing the size and making it scrollable
    • Adding the all important scroll bar
    • Making our text and images accessible
    • Considering localisation of content
    The About Page
    • Working in the library
    • Producing more interesting content
    • Don’t forget accessibility and localisation
    • Using the scroll pane to make it scroll
    The Products Page
    • Building another swf
    • Creating each item as a movieclip
    • Using the UILoader to load images at runtime
    • The download preview
    The Contact Page
    • Using scenes for navigation
    • Building a more interesting navigation bar with images
    • Applying a class to our buttons
    • Duplicating the scenes
    • Applying a document class to resolve navigation
    • Importing images
    • Making the map more exciting with a component
    • Building a form to collect information
    • The importance of instance names
    Publishing and Previewing Our Microsite
    • Reviewing the publish settings
    • Publishing the movie
    • Viewing in the browser
    The Key is in the Name
    • Planning and communication
    • The initial design prototype and the first development meeting
    • Symbol names and types
    • Instance names
    • Export for actionscript and eloquent structure
    Banner Advert ClickTags
    • The theory of banner advert providers
    • An insight into the html
    • Applying a document class to our banner
    • Viewing the example online
    A Preloader
    • Movie structure
    • Export for actionscript
    • Looking at the bandwidth profiler
    • Adding a preloader scene
    • Changing the compiler settings
    • Using the deco tool to produce a preloader animation
    • Linking to our document class
    • Testing the movie and simulating the download
    A Progress Bar
    • The progress bar plan
    • Working in layers
    • Instance names and registration points
    • Masks can make things look great!
    • Clever looping animation
    • Using and naming our progress bar
    • Linking to the class definition
    • Testing the movie and simulating the download
    A Photo Gallery
    • The prototype sketch
    • Preparing our photos using batch processing
    • Writing an xml file
    • Building our flash movie
    • Creating dummy movieclips
    • Dynamic text and embedding fonts
    • Adding backgrounds and borders
    • Linking in our document class
    • Testing the movie and simulating the download
    A Presentation
    • Working with scenes
    • Adding some animation
    • Playing it through
    • It would be nice to have some control
    • Applying our code from the developer
    • Exploring the functionality
    A Simple Tabbed View
    • Building our tabs
    • Building our pages
    • Naming the instances
    • Linking the pages and tabs to the base class
    • Enabling the component definitions
    • Viewing the component inspector
    • Setting the parameters
    • Testing the movie
    A 3D Carousel
    • Building each item as a movieclip
    • Building a popup as a named instance
    • Creating a dummy movieclip to determine width, height and position
    • Applying a background gradient
    • Compile items into a Carousel
    • Items movieclip and export for actionscript
    • Link our carousel to the developer’s code
    • Testing the movie
    An MP3 Player
    • Building our individual components
    • Bringing them together and naming the instances
    • Linking our MP3Player to the developer’s code
    • Enabling the component definition
    • Drag and drop the component into the design
    • Use the component inspector to set the mp3
    • Filename
    An e-Book
    • Building our individual components
    • Bringing them together and naming the instances
    • Linking the document to our developer’s code
    • Testing the movie and exploring the functionality
    A 3D Loader for Product Visualisation
    • Building a dummy placeholder
    • Linking to the developer’s code
    • Enabling the component definition
    • Adding the component to the movie
    • Setting the 3d filename in the component inspector
    • Testing the movie and exploring the functionality
    Flash ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) Exam
    • Preparation
    • Exam
    • Pass or fail?
  • Location Details

    This course is provided at the Cardiff training centre located at:

    Brunel House
    2 Fitzalan Road
    CF24 0UY

    The Cardiff training centre is located in Brunel House which is only 3 minutes on foot from Cardiff Queen Street train station. Trains to/from Cardiff Central station run every 10 minutes. Directly opposite the building is a convenient NCP car park.

    Daily course times run between 10am and 5pm with an hour break for lunch and both mid morning and mid-afternoon refreshment breaks.

    XChange Training Location Cardiff

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  • Flash CC ACP Masterclass 5 Days - Upcoming Cardiff Course Dates

    Flash CC ACP Masterclass 5 Days - Split Date Options

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  • Client Reviews

    "The course was totally tailored to our needs. Fabulous delivery, shame we ran out of time!"

    Michelle Harrison, Greater Manchester Police, Bespoke Intermediate - 1 Day Bespoke

    "The training was very effective and the key concepts of using Flash were delivered very well. The trainer quickly adapted to our specific needs. "

    Aaron Singson, Idox, Flash - 2 Day Bespoke

    "I found the course most rewarding and the trainer was excellent. The whole experience exceeded my expectations and it took my knowledge to a whole other level."

    Lena Hultkvist, The Swedish Church in London, Flash ACA - 5 Day Masterclass

    "The instructor was very clear and constructive. Good examples to work through."

    Alex Farr, University of Portsmouth, Flash - 3 Day Introduction

    "Learnt more than expected from an intro course! Trainer made sure we got it at all stages and the small group really helped."

    Leyla Sanai, The Co-operative Group, Flash - 2 Day Introduction

    "Really enjoyed the course. Presented a comprehensive overview of Articulate and helped us out with any queries we had."

    Chris Bateman, Glasgow Caledonian Uni, Articulate Storyline - 2 Day Introduction

    "I was very impressed by the content and pace of the course, being a newcomer I expected to be overwhelmed but the tutor really took the time to 1-2-1 coach us when required."

    Jamie Gardiner, Edrington Distillers, Illustrator - 1 Day Introduction

    "Excellent course that was delivered at a good pace and very easy to understand and apply."

    David Cunningham, Animate Introduction - Two Days

    "The Instructor was very knowledgeable in the subject matter and as the training could become heavy in places she managed to lighten the atmosphere with a good sense of humour!"

    Andy Jackson, Southdowns College, Premiere Pro 101 - 3 Day Introduction

    "Thoroughly enjoyed the course, found both the software and the course content to be abundant and informative, support material appears to be perfect for the purpose too."

    Ian Anderson, Sarah Mennell Ltd, Captivate - 2 Day Introduction