I am trying to create a flash animation. On the right side there is a picture with blinds over it that open and then stop once thwe picture is cmpletely revealed - then to the left there is some text that I want to fade in and stop - leaving the picture still visible.
I can get one effect or the other but not both. When I put the fading text effect the picture is no longer visible. Can someone please help me figure out what I am doing wrong? It would be greatly appreciated.
from your description, that should be pretty easy to do, and something Flash can do quite well.
organize your FLA into layers, put your picture on the stage on the lowest layer.
on a layer above that, place the MovieCLip of the animation of the blinds opening.
on a separate layer above that, place your text. turn your text into a movie clip, and make an animation tween from alpha=0 to alpha = 100 over a few frames, and place that where it makes sense on the timeline.
here is an incredibly simplistic version of what you are saying, if you need to see it in action: