How to Make Objects Transparent in Flash

Flash is capable of creating transparent objects which can be useful for a variety of things.  In this FREE tutorial I explain how to apply this effect.

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87 Comments

  1. Marcos Medina says:

    Question: I have a ghostly character made using a bunch of autoshapes. When I try making her transparent with alpha, the areas where the different shapes intersect become twice as… untransparent (?) as everything else due to double things. Any advice on making the transparency uniform?

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  3. bradstar556 says:

    Great tutorial thanks a lot really helped!!!!!!!

  4. potato man says:

    I have a little question: can you draw directly in transparent with the brush? or the pencil?…. or some thing? (good video by the way :3)

  5. Hypno Toad says:

    THX !!!

  6. Remilia Zero says:

    how can i bring an object behind another one? i have a character and i wanna bring 1 of his arms behind him

  7. Jaxks says:

    Thanks

  8. Josh Rodrigues says:

    Good tutorial. But you take so long .

  9. enkisBrawler says:

    very helpful. thanks!

  10. Kreechum says:

    thank you :) now I can make windows on the cars transparent so the driver can be seen =) also glasses that are not sunglasses :) I am new to flash, so far it is really easy but many things on it are different from photoshop but Flash is much fun for making drawings come to life :)

  11. JamDCrazy says:

    Thanks man just what I needed!

  12. 204kitten says:

    Thank you so much! :D

  13. VietnamTom1955 says:

    Whoo thanks lilreadcomics

  14. Rosen Zarev says:

    right ;)

  15. RogueJohnny says:

    nice and simple

  16. GothicMurakumo says:

    How would I go about doing this in Macromedia Flash 8 pro?

  17. Minato Arisato says:

    thank you, at least you’re not a spaz or anything like the other youtubers

  18. GlorifiedTruth says:

    Awesome, I never noticed that option. Thanks for the vid.

  19. turbotonic27 says:

    i dont have that option

  20. ColdWindWarriorcat AnimationTeam says:

    Well i did what the vid said to do ,but the lines of the pencil tool kept showing up. How can i fix that in a quick and easy way?

  21. AgaiLazen says:

    What about making something transparent and having it graduate to opacity? I’m at a loss as to how to do this, yet I see it done regularly in flash cartoons. How come so many tutorials, including yours, fail to mention this?

  22. Giovanni van Meurs says:

    Do you also know how to make your workspace transparant?

  23. [..YouTube..] Do you also know how to make your workspace transparant?

  24. Zelda4420 says:

    This is simple, but really helpful !!Thank you ! ^^

  25. Zelda4420 says:

    [..YouTube..] This is simple, but really helpful !!Thank you ! ^^

  26. AgaiLazen says:

    Or they figured out that you don’t need to make the object a symbol.

  27. AgaiLazen says:

    [..YouTube..] Or they figured out that you don’t need to make the object a symbol.

  28. AgaiLazen says:

    Actually, you don’t need to make it a symbol. Just make sure it has motion tween.

  29. AgaiLazen says:

    [..YouTube..] Actually, you don’t need to make it a symbol. Just make sure it has motion tween.

  30. Paolo Jose Abulencia says:

    2 people has a slow computer

  31. [..YouTube..] 2 people has a slow computer

  32. [..YouTube..] 2 people has a slow computer

  33. bigrock123 says:

    THANK YOU!

  34. bigrock123 says:

    [..YouTube..] THANK YOU!

  35. MrRexTV1 says:

    Window>Workspace>(Choose)

  36. MrRexTV1 says:

    [..YouTube..] Window>Workspace>(Choose)

  37. MrRexTV1 says:

    [..YouTube..] @AQWBladehikari199 Window>Workspace>(Choose)

  38. MrRexTV1 says:

    (LAYERS) Layers near the top are over the top of the ones below, on the grid. In any single layer you cannot have more than one object moving alternative to another!

  39. MrRexTV1 says:

    [..YouTube..] (LAYERS) Layers near the top are over the top of the ones below, on the grid. In any single layer you cannot have more than one object moving alternative to another!

  40. MrRexTV1 says:

    [..YouTube..] @GlitchSWE (LAYERS) Layers near the top are over the top of the ones below, on the grid. In any single layer you cannot have more than one object moving alternative to another!

  41. MrRexTV1 says:

    Yay, at long last. Now my lens flares and scouters will become a reality :D

  42. MrRexTV1 says:

    [..YouTube..] Yay, at long last. Now my lens flares and scouters will become a reality :D

  43. ImpatientPollo1 says:

    Hi i can i get properties box on cs5? please help me!

  44. [..YouTube..] Hi i can i get properties box on cs5? please help me!

  45. [..YouTube..] what flash do you use?

  46. GlitchSWE says:

    Nice video, butu how do you make your symbol go like behind other things you have painted

  47. GlitchSWE says:

    [..YouTube..] Nice video, butu how do you make your symbol go like behind other things you have painted

  48. [..YouTube..] how do i bring back my properties bar because i accidently x’ed it out.

  49. edraman says:

    Thanks for the tutorial.You can use this for doing cool credits like in windows movie maker :3

  50. edraman says:

    [..YouTube..] Thanks for the tutorial.You can use this for doing cool credits like in windows movie maker :3

  51. Keyana Alambeladi says:

    how do you make an object in real life transparent not on the computer!!??!!

  52. [..YouTube..] how do you make an object in real life transparent not on the computer!!??!!

  53. Keyana1378 says:

    [..YouTube..] how do you make an object in real life transparent not on the computer!!??!!

  54. MrWiNkYtv says:

    how much is flash and can u send me a link

  55. MrWiNkYtv says:

    [..YouTube..] how much is flash and can u send me a link

  56. decambra11 says:

    excellent tutorials, well explained……

  57. decambra11 says:

    [..YouTube..] excellent tutorials, well explained……

  58. Cronos844 says:

    this is much better than looking around for it on flash

  59. Cronos844 says:

    [..YouTube..] this is much better than looking around for it on flash

  60. TbasketballG says:

    haha cool ghost

  61. TbasketballG says:

    [..YouTube..] haha cool ghost

  62. AveFegan says:

    thanks, that helped me alot, SO SIMPLE! :D

  63. AveFegan says:

    [..YouTube..] thanks, that helped me alot, SO SIMPLE! :D

  64. [..YouTube..] Thanks, needed this to make my flash

  65. Jake Hatt says:

    omg thankyou so much

  66. Jake Hatt says:

    [..YouTube..] omg thankyou so much

  67. lazathor says:

    [..YouTube..] omg thankyou so much

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  69. coolguyflex says:

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  70. cocoy950035 says:

    thanks man you saved my life

  71. cocoy950035 says:

    [..YouTube..] thanks man you saved my life

  72. mustang19ms says:

    THANKS ALOT, I’ve been looking for that thing to make it transparent, keep on showing beginners the basics, thanks again :)

  73. mustang19ms says:

    [..YouTube..] THANKS ALOT, I’ve been looking for that thing to make it transparent, keep on showing beginners the basics, thanks again :)

  74. winxloverer says:

    the fing is allmost all the files downloads and tutorials are blocked.

  75. winxloverer says:

    [..YouTube..] the fing is allmost all the files downloads and tutorials are blocked.

  76. LilredheadComics says:

    I actually have a tutorial on my website that shows how I make my backgrounds. You could check that one out.

  77. [..YouTube..] I actually have a tutorial on my website that shows how I make my backgrounds. You could check that one out.

  78. winxloverer says:

    can you put a tutorial how you do your backgrounds? just like this one.

  79. winxloverer says:

    [..YouTube..] can you put a tutorial how you do your backgrounds? just like this one.

  80. SMBZ096 says:

    thank you

  81. SMBZ096 says:

    [..YouTube..] thank you

  82. ImHatinItProductions says:

    Thanks ALOT i tried to figure this out but i never wouldve guessed it was like this. THANKS

  83. [..YouTube..] Thanks ALOT i tried to figure this out but i never wouldve guessed it was like this. THANKS

  84. Otterpawps says:

    Hey, your tutorials are effing great. You do it quick, and you explain it, and then you basically say the advantages and disadvantages in all your tutorials. And your voice isn’t annoying. Either way, thanks a bunch, pretty much learning flash from your channel.

  85. [..YouTube..] Hey, your tutorials are effing great. You do it quick, and you explain it, and then you basically say the advantages and disadvantages in all your tutorials. And your voice isn’t annoying. Either way, thanks a bunch, pretty much learning flash from your channel.

  86. 111Derek497 says:

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