I'm using CS 5.5 and have been struggling with this issue for days. I only use Flash for animation and have no use for Actionscript or all the problems caused by Movie Clips. I usually use Graphic Symbols, which give me no trouble with exports. However, for this one part, I need an animated symbol containing nested symbols to have a uniform transparency instead of showing an ugly x-ray of every little overlapping shape. The only way I know how to do that is turning it into a movie clip and changing it's Alpha, then it's blending to Layer. After that, when I go to export pretty much anything except mov, which I don't want, none of those movie clips animate, making them completely useless.
Is there a workaround to this, preferably having nothing to do with Actionscript? My backgrounds are not single color, so I can't cheat so easily. I was hoping to load up an image sequence into Photoshop and make a gif, but I can't even do a simple thing like that because of this problem.
show a screenshot that points out the difference in what you have and what you want to achieve (make a mock up) and report back
This page illustrates the problem I wish to avoid: www.quip.net/blog/2006/flash/how-to-avoid-xray-effect
Unfortunately, the solution shown only works for a solid bkg. Blend mode is also mentioned, but there doesn't seem to be a way to actually apply it to a layer, as opposed to a movie clip.
I just discovered that animations can be made from image sequences in Photoshop. I don't currently see any choice but saving image sequences of the clips and the main animation seperately and putting it all together and messing with transparency there. Am I missing something?
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