Quick Start Guide for Flash Banner Maker

SWF Easy is a Flash banner maker suitable for both beginners & experts. For beginners, it provides multi-style templates, hundreds of resources, 60+ animation effects with which you can get a well-designed Flash banner by clicks. For experts, it provides full customization features, advanced drawing and editing tools, and supports Action Script, which totally exceed the common online banner generators. This Quick Start Guide aims to provide an overview of the program interface and easy steps for you to start up.

Inteface Overview

Quick Start Guide

1. Choose a Banner Template
2. Modify Banner Text
3. Replace Graphics
4. Add URL Address for Your Banner
5. Preview

Advanced Editing Skills

1. Tune Text Effect
2. Modify Graphic or Background
3. Add New Text or Graphic
4. Export and Publish

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Interface Overview

The Flash banner maker interface consists of Toolbar, Scene, Effect Timeline, Stage, Properties and Resource, as seen from the following diagram.

SWF Easy Interface

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Quick Start Guide

Before we get started, please make sure Sothink SWF Easy 6.3 is installed on your computer. (If not, click here to download it now. The installation takes only several seconds.)

1. Choose a Banner Template

Run the program and a “New from Template” dialog pops up. Click “Banner” to start our job.
Look through the banner templates, which can be filtered by themes, sizes and colors. Choose your favorite one and click “OK” to open it.

choose template

 

In this tutorial, we choose the 729*80 Green template in Technology category.

Flash banner template

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2. Modify Banner Text

Text is usually added to a main scene (visit here to learn more about scenes). So check the main scenes one by one to find the text to be modified. Double click the text block to enter text editing mode, indicated as below, then change the text to whatever you want.

banner text

Text properties, such as font face, font size, color, bold, align, etc., can be modified in the Format properties panel.

In this tutorial, we change the second line of the text to “Quick Start Guide for Sothink SWF Easy”, and set font as “Verdana”, size “22”, “bold” in the Format panel.

Flash banner text properties

Critical Skills for Creating or Modifying a Flash Banner - Learn about Scenes:

What is Scene?
Scenes are used to separate a Flash movie into several individual but consecutive parts, and are very important in animation creation. Sothink SWF Easy supports many main scenes and auxiliary scenes in a Flash animation.

Main Scenes
Main Scene is a foreground scene. Generally, text and foreground graphics are added to main scenes.

Auxiliary Scenes
Auxiliary Scene is a background scene. Generally, background graphics are added to auxiliary scenes.

Relationships between Main Scene and Auxiliary Scene

1. Multiple main scenes can share one auxiliary scene.

2. One main scene can also have more than one auxiliary scene.

3. The Z-Order of auxiliary scene and main scene can be easily adjusted in the following dialog. Since backgrounds are usually added to auxiliary scenes, it is recommended that auxiliary scenes be shown beneath main scenes.

scene

4. All the elements on auxiliary scenes will be shown translucent together with the elements on main scenes.

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3. Replace Graphics

The graphic can be of the following five types: shape, image, movie clip, button and group (combination of the first four types). The five types can be replaced with each other freely. Select graphic A on the stage, for example, mouse over graphic B in the Resource panel (even A and B are of different types), and the cursor will turn to “” automatically. Click to replace A with B, and all the animation effects of A are maintained to B.

In this tutorial, we’d like to replace the following graphic with another one.

replace

We search “flower” in Resource library and find a suitable graphic “leaves3.gls” for my banner.

 

resouce

 

Tips: In Resource Panel, you can also browse your local graphics and make replacement.

local resource

Click the original graphic on the stage first, mouse over “leaves3.gls”, then click to finish the replacement.

replace resource

 

new flash banner

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4. Add URL Address for Your Banner

To add a URL for your banner, go to the Scene Properties panel, and enter the URL address and Target. Check “Apply to all scenes” because a banner normally goes to one landing page.

In this tutorial, we enter http://www.sothink.com in URL, target “_blank” and check “Apple to all scenes”.

scene URL

 

5. Preview

preview flash banner

See? We get a customized Flash banner only by a few clicks:

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Now we are clear on how to create a Flash banner with templates. If you are interested in advanced skills of making Flash banners, please follow me with the steps below.

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Advanced Editing Skills

1. Tune Text Effect

Click the text on the stage, and the effect bars in the timeline will be highlighted in blue automatically, where present all the effects the text has applied.

Right click an effect bar to replace, configure, move up/down or remove the effect as you like. In this tutorial, we replace the effect from Hex to Popple of text “Quick Start Guide for Sothink SWF Easy”.

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Tips on Effect Timeline

  • To display all the elements in the Timeline, go to Tools > Options > Timeline and check “Show all the elements in Timeline”. If the option is not checked, the element(s) without any animation effects will be ignored and not be shown in Timeline.

  • You can hide the overlapping element(s) for convenient editing by clicking the tick under the Eye column.

  • You can lock elements by clicking the dot under the Lock column, and they won’t be editable until you cancel the setting.

  • You can copy all the effects of an element to others simply using the “Copy Effects” button.


  • The effect duration can be modified by dragging the left and right arrows of the effect bar directly. We drag the right arrow of the Popple effect bar from frame 185 to 195.

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    And drag the left arrow of the Place effect bar from Frame 186 to 196.

    The effect start time can also be set by dragging the bar on the timeline. We drag the Fade in effect bar from Frame 52 to 55.

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    Now let’s preview it.

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    2. Modify Graphic or Background

    Just like graphic, the background can be of the following five types: shape, image, movie clip, button and group (combination of the first four types).

    Directly drag the eight blue handles around an element to transform it. In this tutorial, we resize the leaves. Shift-drag it to resize equally in width and height.

    We replace the effect of the leaves from “Explode” to “Fade out”.

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    Let’s preview it:

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    3. Add New Text or Graphic

    1) Add New Text

    Click the Text tool in the toolbar, and the cursor will turn to a cross on the stage.

    add text

    Drag your mouse to draw a text block and input your text in it.

    flash banner text

     

    2) Add New Graphic

    Go to the Resource panel to find a new graphic for your banner. You can input a keyword to quickly search a graphic from the built-in resource library, or browse your local folder to get a suitable graphic. The graphic on the Resource panel can be dragged to the stage directly.

     

    3) Add Effect for New Text or Graphic

    Right click the text or graphic on the stage, click “Add Effect” to open the Select Effect dialog which lists all the effects you can use, select one of them and click “OK”.

    Or you can click an element on the stage, press the “Add Effect” button above the Effect Timeline, and choose certain effects from the dropdown list.

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    4. Export and Publish

    Now we have totally customized a Flash banner. Preview to confirm it, then click the button below to export your banner as a SWF file, which can be embedded to your web page in your HTML editor later.

    export movie

    Or go to File > Publish to embed the banner to your web page step by step, and the HTML options of the banner movie can be specified before being published to your page.

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