Introduction to Flash Symbols

Symbols allow the user to organize and animate the objects they draw or import into Flash.  It is important to understand what symbols do and how to use them.  This video tutorial goes over the three types of symbols: graphic, button and movie clip.

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152 Comments

  1. CamsWorld says:

    guys that is purple i thought it was blue at first but its purple its actually violet

  2. CamsWorld says:

    for some reason overtime i open flash i try to draw it auto mantically gos into a symbol how can i fix that +Incredible Tutorials

  3. Detective Snazz says:

    A subscriber well earned

  4. raisa rasa says:

    не могу запустить adoble flash player ПОМОГИТЕ

  5. mit2thev says:

    good tutorial man. helped me learn a lot in no time. thanks

  6. Jacaso Asheland says:

    Did He Just Say That’s PURPLE….. wtf

  7. Jeff the k says:

    dam thank you so much for makeing this video thanks you man now i won’t be trying to kill my self when im doing this

  8. Jeff the k says:

    who care’s

  9. Jeff the k says:

    thanks

  10. supercool198 says:

    A rectangle labeled square

  11. SaschaTucker says:

    Learning so much today.

  12. TheBeckham918 says:

    I don’t get it because I have a character symbol and when ever i open it up it has all of its layers locked in one, so if i hit (Ctrl B), I get the layers to separate, But it also separates the outline from the inside filling of the character! D: How do i separate the different layers without separating the Outline and filling?

  13. sev07pass says:

    Purple???

  14. gami195 says:

    thanks bro

  15. Auberon83 says:

    This was so incredibly helpful! I will be referencing this tutorial in a paper I am in the process of writing. Thanks!

  16. jayden jones says:

    also its a fucking rectangle not a square

  17. shazenmaire says:

    im on a macbook, i dont have f8 lol =(

  18. DisIsMySchoolAccount says:

    We’re*

  19. technojellybeans says:

    you mean we’re lol. Don’t correct people if you don’t know what you’re talking about

  20. Esialpha says:

    Great tutorial! Much thanks.

  21. Fredrik Larsson says:

    I’m quite positive that the square is blue, not purple. Nevertheless, awesome tutorials!

  22. Antigone Hagther says:

    “please we’r not babies”"we’r not babies”"we’r not”"we’r ” is spelled we’er, but I don’t think a baby would know that though

  23. Antigone Hagther says:

    Did any one else get a seven minute advertisement, that couldn’t be skipped?

  24. 97malthe says:

    this video is way to slow. please we’r not babies

  25. Finbarr Pine says:

    IT’S BLUE, THE SQUARE IS BLUE NOT PURPLE :’(

  26. cn0591 says:

    Question: When you are creating symbols for a project, can you save that library that includes all of the symbols you have created for use at a later time? This question may have already been answered, so I apologize if you have gone over this.

  27. AtticusStarstorm says:

    I’m having trouble handling symbols in symbols along with animation and turning the symbols you already have into a big symbols so you can work with more symbols…

  28. tibiaowned1 says:

    FASTER

  29. tibiaowned1 says:

    [..YouTube..] FASTER

  30. ceejaytoday says:

    dude, thanks a lot….probably the best tutorials i have seen in a long tym…dont stop bro!

  31. ceejaytoday says:

    [..YouTube..] dude, thanks a lot….probably the best tutorials i have seen in a long tym…dont stop bro!

  32. ndm250 says:

    That color is not purple!

  33. ndm250 says:

    [..YouTube..] That color is not purple!

  34. elon92 says:

    Lol, that was creepy, I was working on a symbol and it just so happened it started to do stuff at frame 50, and he chooses frame 50 too o.O

  35. elon92 says:

    [..YouTube..] Lol, that was creepy, I was working on a symbol and it just so happened it started to do stuff at frame 50, and he chooses frame 50 too o.O

  36. jappamogo says:

    how can you make your already made symbol bigger or smaller, or tilt it?

  37. jappamogo says:

    [..YouTube..] how can you make your already made symbol bigger or smaller, or tilt it?

  38. xAmericanStig says:

    No prob glad i could help

  39. [..YouTube..] No prob glad i could help

  40. DansenHedgehog says:

    Thank you sooooo much that really helped!

  41. [..YouTube..] Thank you sooooo much that really helped!

  42. blissturd says:

    Almost 2 years later and this video is still helping peeps. Thanks a bunch.

  43. blissturd says:

    [..YouTube..] Almost 2 years later and this video is still helping peeps. Thanks a bunch.

  44. movie627 says:

    Can someone tell me what hit does!?

  45. movie627 says:

    [..YouTube..] Can someone tell me what hit does!?

  46. xAmericanStig says:

    try holding down “fn f8″

  47. [..YouTube..] try holding down “fn f8″

  48. [..YouTube..] @DansenHedgehog try holding down “fn f8″

  49. shivacric4 says:

    very good tutorial dude… Tnx a lot

  50. shivacric4 says:

    [..YouTube..] very good tutorial dude… Tnx a lot

  51. TheSpadeNamedKade says:

    Well you either learn how to do it in 27 minutes, or fail at everything! MUHAHAHAHAHAHA

  52. Kade Hedley says:

    [..YouTube..] Well you either learn how to do it in 27 minutes, or fail at everything! MUHAHAHAHAHAHA

  53. [..YouTube..] Well you either learn how to do it in 27 minutes, or fail at everything! MUHAHAHAHAHAHA

  54. [..YouTube..] @catramax Well you either learn how to do it in 27 minutes, or fail at everything! MUHAHAHAHAHAHA

  55. EtsamaruTsubaki says:

    When I convert to symbol my characters neck keeps appearing on top of everything else for some reason

  56. [..YouTube..] When I convert to symbol my characters neck keeps appearing on top of everything else for some reason

  57. catramax says:

    holy mama 27 minutes :/

  58. catramax says:

    [..YouTube..] holy mama 27 minutes :/

  59. thangQanime says:

    What if we don’t see any looping option when we click our movie clip symbols as you explain in 13:00.

  60. thangQanime says:

    [..YouTube..] What if we don’t see any looping option when we click our movie clip symbols as you explain in 13:00.

  61. DansenHedgehog says:

    I have tried to make a symbol but on my mac when a press command f8 I tunes pops up can anyone help me!!

  62. [..YouTube..] I have tried to make a symbol but on my mac when a press command f8 I tunes pops up can anyone help me!!

  63. hugegummybear says:

    agreed if you found an answer will you tell me?

  64. [..YouTube..] agreed if you found an answer will you tell me?

  65. [..YouTube..] @vltckboy agreed if you found an answer will you tell me?

  66. vltckboy says:

    how can i delete the symbol

  67. vltckboy says:

    [..YouTube..] how can i delete the symbol

  68. Alskaskan says:

    14:33 I’m not gonna let you forget.

  69. Alskaskan says:

    [..YouTube..] 14:33 I’m not gonna let you forget.

  70. raafiyusuff says:

    it is nice and i like it

  71. raafiyusuff says:

    [..YouTube..] it is nice and i like it

  72. AdamDiddy says:

    Oh wow thanks for this !

  73. AdamDiddy says:

    [..YouTube..] Oh wow thanks for this !

  74. Gazbby says:

    [..YouTube..] BLUE

  75. AustinOConnellVideos says:

    purple? that was definitely blue lmao. but thank you so much for these tutorials. you are single-handedly teaching me flash.

  76. [..YouTube..] purple? that was definitely blue lmao. but thank you so much for these tutorials. you are single-handedly teaching me flash.

  77. zuzuRahg says:

    Hey I think thousands of flash users would love to see a asdf movie tutorial of you, I think it’s not that difficult and it would be a great beginner tutorial. I know asdf clips are not rly your section (I think) but please make this tutorial =)

  78. zuzuRahg says:

    [..YouTube..] Hey I think thousands of flash users would love to see a asdf movie tutorial of you, I think it’s not that difficult and it would be a great beginner tutorial. I know asdf clips are not rly your section (I think) but please make this tutorial =)

  79. IwillKillYourCereal says:

    In CS5.5, you can’t double click the buttons like that :(

  80. [..YouTube..] In CS5.5, you can’t double click the buttons like that :(

  81. [..YouTube..] Thanks so much for posting this, soo helpful! Thanks again!

  82. stretavkaBB says:

    [..YouTube..] DUDE, THIS IS THE MOST USEFUL TUTORIAL I HAVE FOUND ON THE INTERNET. thanx a lot !!!

  83. [..YouTube..] This guy can teach a 5 year old flash in 1 month

  84. 64BitComms says:

    [..YouTube..] Purple? That’s blue!

  85. [..YouTube..] @riztee same thing is happening to me. do u have CS5.5

  86. Omatusano says:

    [..YouTube..] So can i use scripting to change the number for the single frame mode in the properties for the graphic? I think it would be a cool way to do armor sets and stuff or facial expressions.

  87. [..YouTube..] thanx you saved my ass XDi would never haved figured this out on my one untill tomorrow

  88. riztee says:

    [..YouTube..] I am following your tutorial however my flash is not having the same results . When I make my character a symbol i dont get access to the layers?!? I only get one later on the timeline. The body, arms. legs etc are gone ?! I cant figure out what I can do to fix this.. can anyone help please?

  89. MrPatthedog says:

    it aint purple its blue!

  90. MrPatthedog says:

    [..YouTube..] it aint purple its blue!

  91. Mohd Firdaus says:

    Your like Andrew Kramer in Adobe Flash! Crystal clear tutorial!

  92. [..YouTube..] Your like Andrew Kramer in Adobe Flash! Crystal clear tutorial!

  93. VodkaAndKush says:

    [..YouTube..] um im a extreem newbie when it come to flash..is there any way to draw over a symbol?

  94. mcDrejerPO says:

    [..YouTube..] you rock

  95. DoodleSaga says:

    [..YouTube..] You take too long to speeeaacckk…….You make me go to sleep i cbf to watch ur other vidz now.Thanks alot :P

  96. kyler1man says:

    [..YouTube..] very nice and well done professional tutorials i didnt even think twice about subscribing but i hope you dont mind if i ask a question. I am curently using Macromedia flash 8 but for a while i have never been able to export a movie clip. the only way im able to view the movie clip in action is during the swf playback. for instence in your tutorial on your movie clip timeline on frame 50 it turned purple and also on the actual timeline. But not for me only when i preview it in swf

  97. [..YouTube..] excellent tutorial man. i’ve been trying to figure out how to make flash movies easier for me and i figured it was related to symbols.

  98. InsaneVerigo says:

    Its not purple…

  99. InsaneVerigo says:

    [..YouTube..] Its not purple…

  100. dante15994 says:

    [..YouTube..] thanks, this video is all that I have looking for year and a half

  101. Sai Gollapudi says:

    great tutorial. Loved the clarity, pace and articulation. I am learning a lot from your stuff. Grateful for your work and encourage you to keep going. Thanks a million.

  102. SaiGollapudi says:

    [..YouTube..] great tutorial. Loved the clarity, pace and articulation. I am learning a lot from your stuff. Grateful for your work and encourage you to keep going. Thanks a million.

  103. NEELFX says:

    [..YouTube..] Hi!I want to make a DVD Menu.When I will insert a DVD, one home page will come up with 6 different buttons to run Seven different file formats, 1) MP3, 2) Mov, 3) Doc, 4) Pdf, 5) JPEG, 6) link to webpage, 7) link to email. That’s I want to do with Adobe Flash CS3.It would be of real help if you make a tutorial on this. Please.Your tutorials are great. So keep the spirit up.Thanks

  104. Jorrexx says:

    [..YouTube..] hey, I just followed the tutorial how I had to make a cartoon character, so I did and I actually succeeded (TY!!), but now I need to convert it to a symbol in order to make it move (as you say in another tutorial), but when I do so, some parts of the cartoon on different layers change places, like the arm goes under the body, so I can’t see it anymore, the neck pops up, so it’s above the head. How do I fix all this ? If I lock the layers of those parts, I can’t select them anymore. Please help!!

  105. sacredgeometry says:

    @SawyerCC *tool

  106. [..YouTube..] @SawyerCC *tool

  107. sacredgeometry says:

    @SawyerCC the bone cool is for cutout style animation and doesnt really allow for smooth animation, frame to frame animation will and the process for that hasnt really improved or changed much since macromedia owned flash.

  108. [..YouTube..] @SawyerCC the bone cool is for cutout style animation and doesnt really allow for smooth animation, frame to frame animation will and the process for that hasnt really improved or changed much since macromedia owned flash.

  109. Joep Roovers says:

    “I’m going to go ahead and…” haha :P nice tutorial. :D

  110. CocahColah says:

    [..YouTube..] “I’m going to go ahead and…” haha :P nice tutorial. :D

  111. Artelanas says:

    When adding a the text to the button: how do u come to the button time line again? I just see main time line.

  112. woowoo14598 says:

    [..YouTube..] its difficult

  113. [..YouTube..] Thank you very much for this turotial! I really learned the basics, i hadn’t understand before.

  114. swedenips says:

    i’m going to be honest, i love you. i had a workshop tutorial last year on this and had since completely forgotten how to do the symbol within a symbol technique. thank goodness i found you!

  115. swedenips says:

    [..YouTube..] i’m going to be honest, i love you.i had a workshop tutorial last year on this and had since completely forgotten how to do the symbol within a symbol technique. thank goodness i found you!

  116. ryizzen says:

    not purple and not a square but thanks man great tut :D

  117. ryizzen says:

    [..YouTube..] not purple and not a square but thanks man great tut :D

  118. solibe1 says:

    this guy is a born teacher, everything is quite clear. thanks.

  119. solibe1 says:

    [..YouTube..] this guy is a born teacher, everything is quite clear. thanks.

  120. Faruece says:

    That’s BLUE

  121. Faruece says:

    [..YouTube..] That’s BLUE

  122. huwgojones says:

    [..YouTube..] how do you set up the symbols for lip synching and bring them onto the stage? something about selecting a number that corresponds with the graphic but ive seen it done but i havent seen it explained

  123. threemilesfromthesea says:

    Another excellent tutorial from lilredheadcomics

  124. [..YouTube..] Another excellent tutorial from lilredheadcomics

  125. Roopam Garg says:

    WOW that made me laugh so hard! HAHAHA-no.

  126. Rockyroopam says:

    [..YouTube..] WOW that made me laugh so hard! HAHAHA-no.

  127. HurtNerds says:

    I don’t have a square tool with my version.

  128. HurtNerds says:

    [..YouTube..] I don’t have a square tool with my version.

  129. juliasthang says:

    [..YouTube..] You have to go back to the geometry class, it’s a rectangle not a square.Just a little joke to make you laugh *.-

  130. egukoucu says:

    invaluable tutorials man , I’m going trough all of them. can’t express how gratefull I am :)

  131. egukoucu says:

    [..YouTube..] invaluable tutorials man , I’m going trough all of them. can’t express how gratefull I am :)

  132. [..YouTube..] lol you’re calling rectangles squares, and the blue rectangle purple–although we knew what you meant ;-) Very nice and straight to the point. I would like to see a tutorial about Movie Clips in their entirety, because i read that they are lousy with sound streaming and i should use graphics for cartoons instead, so i’m just wondering which is really better for an actual DVD burnable movie. It’s nice how you’re actually teaching, as if you were standing behind us and guiding us through Flash

  133. markecccc889 says:

    [..YouTube..] 21:35 spell error

  134. Chenlong He says:

    This is indeed an incredible flash tutorial. Very well explained, good slow pace for beginners and also very good video resolution! Thanks for sharing!

  135. firelily says:

    [..YouTube..] This is indeed an incredible flash tutorial.Very well explained, good slow pace for beginners and also very good video resolution! Thanks for sharing!

  136. kum4r5 says:

    Thanks Brother … Learned a lot .. Peace in the hood and Smoke Some Bud

  137. kum4r5 says:

    [..YouTube..] Thanks Brother … Learned a lot .. Peace in the hood and Smoke Some Bud

  138. hobnobz says:

    [..YouTube..] Great tutorial. Its cleared stuff up that I have never been 100% sure about for years.

  139. drako1228 says:

    [..YouTube..] nice tut! but you do realize that what you keep calling a square is actually a RECTANGLE right?lol

  140. joel4477 says:

    Very helpful tutorial, rated 5 stars, would watch again :D DD

  141. joel4477 says:

    [..YouTube..] Very helpful tutorial, rated 5 stars, would watch again :D DD

  142. Skwart says:

    looks like it

  143. Skwart says:

    [..YouTube..] looks like it

  144. pandasnot96 says:

    [..YouTube..] are you colorblind?

  145. [..YouTube..] Also, Im sorry if you have answered this before but what program are you using to capture your screen? Thanks!

  146. [..YouTube..] These videos are great, your voice isn’t awful like most of the users who post tutorials. To the point and helpful! You are definitely a good teacher. Thank you!

  147. judefekter says:

    [..YouTube..] dude that really helped i had problem with flash cs4

  148. MilexProductions says:

    how do you know where to position bone joints?

  149. [..YouTube..] how do you know where to position bone joints?

  150. [..YouTube..] is mouse bubble comming up when you click or hold a effect you add or do you use a tablet?,Anyway’s really nice made tutorial’s didnt even know about the bonetool before i saw your tutorial ,but im a game devloper so i dont really use animation often….but still make more of those tutorial’s.

  151. Incredible Tutorials says:

    You will be able to do animations just fine without the bone tool. The bone tool does make some functions easier and quicker. But with a little time and patience you can achieve similar results with Flash 8.

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