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william percy
cool animated line drawing
on Jan 31, 2008 at 11:49:54 pm

hello, I am looking for a way to create an animation in flash like this link:

ok, so maybe this animation is not that cool. But line 'draw-ons' like this are quite common and I cannot find an easy way to do this in flash. I have tried masks, but (as far as I can tell) the line path is too complex for a mask. I have tried animating it using shape hints, but flash just gets hopeless confused as to how I want the line to animate on. I could export this as an swf out of AfterEffects, but the file size seems way too big for what the animation is. I have begun to realize that maybe this type of animation is often achieved using actionscript.

I am looking for a step-by step explanation of doing this in actionscript. I'm an actionscript beginner, but ready to learn! I am using flash cs3.
thank you for your help and consideration,

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Sean Hellwig
Re: cool animated line drawing
on Feb 1, 2008 at 5:07:22 pm

This can be achieved using animated masks in Flash.. Decent tutorial HERE

I'm sure there are plenty of other tutorials on this subject, quite possible even in the cow forums.

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