Hello people of the Flash forum, I am here and I love you. (seriously though, I'm grateful for your dedication to forums such as these.)
I would really appreciate some feedback on this little "project", I want to finish. Since, I hardly ever finish anything it would mean loads to me.
OK, so, where to begin...
The design. The design is quite simple - basically it is icicles along the top of the image and flames at the bottom of the image. The icicles are made up of 6-8 layers; The problem with this is once you merge the layers, the icicle effect is dramatically changed and looks really bad. The icicles have a 'Backplate' layer that stands beneath the Icicle layers and acts as, well, a background specifically for the Icicles. The Flames are made up of only 2-3 layers; No problem with the merging of these layers. They also have a 'Backplate'.
The image has been made in Photoshop and stands at a reasonable 990kb in size once 'Saved for Web and Devices'.
What I was hoping Flash could do for me. I was hoping I could animate the 'Backplate' Layers and have some kind of 'Streaming Glow' effect. After that, I was hoping to add a Drip from two of the icicles, the drip then hitting the Flame and creating an upward smoke effect. Once this is complete, I want to use the whole Design as a background for a Website. I was hoping I could have the Animated parts running seperately(on top of) to the JPEG Design.
My Struggles. I'm not entirely sure where to start and I could use a little 1 to 1 really. Apologies if my description is not accurate enough for a good inner visual.
I woudln't recommend you try to pull this off yourself in a single flattened layer as you're basically talking about something like Pixel Bender effects which aren't on the beginner side to implement. Animating them in flash on a timeline is more your level.
You can also do a simple google search for plugins (free for commercial) to help achieve the effect but it will come down to some coding. Depending on the plugin that coding may be simple or difficult. As they say, anything worth doing is worth doing right and that requires some experimenting and perspiration .
Appreciate your reply sinious !!! ,
"Animating them in flash on a timeline is more your level." -
Eventually, I thought this would be the best possible way(for me) to go about it. It's either that way or go and buy Adobe After Effects... :s. I'm hoping to make a few awesome Transparent images and have them animated; frame by frame. Again thank you for your time. 140views and you're my buddy .
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