Create Dynamic 3D Graphics and Animations With Ease!

Adobe Flash CS4′s most notable feature may be the Bone Tool, but the 3D Rotation Tool has a lot to offer you as well. In the past, creating 3D animations were done by skewing objects to mimic a 3D effect. That is no longer the case with the introduction of this new tool. Lets say you want to animate a door opening. Before, in older Flash versions, you would have to animate each frame individually to achieve the motion. Now, with CS4′s 3D Rotation Tool, you can draw a door, make it a symbol then let the tool take care of the opening animation. Depth, height and width are all calculated to deliver a good looking animation with very little effort.

Let’s say you want to create a realistic camera panning effect. If you draw a square on the stage and apply the 3D Rotation Tool to it, you can move the object across the stage in a 3D manner. By this I mean you can move it up, down, sideways or back and forth through 3D space. When you move the object to the left side, more of the right side is revealed and when it’s moved up you can see more of the bottom, just like a real 3D object.

Other great uses can come in the form of creating titles or ads. Maybe you would like to have a title sequence that resembles the famous Star Wars movies. With a little text, some tweening and help from the 3D Rotation Tool, you’ll be on your way to creating the desired effect in no time.

Since Flash is a 2D animation program there are limitations to the 3D effect. For instance you cannot draw a character facing the screen and expect the 3D Rotation Tool to create the side and back stances of the character. The tool is better served for supplemental purposes, as I described with the door or the scrolling text.

The best part of all is the tool is very easy to use. So, if you’re looking to add a bit of depth to your animations, I highly recommend checking this unique tool out. It’ll save you a lot of time and make your animations look great.

Want to learn how to use the 3D Rotation Tool? Then check out this FREE video tutorial by clicking here!

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