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Making “smooth” tweens with Flash

A comment I get a lot about my stuff is that it’s “smooth”.

Well I’m going to let you in on a secret:
It’s actually simple to do and I’m just lazy

So today I’m going to show you how to use Easing with your classic motion tweens!

Okay so assuming you already know how to make a motion tween and you have your motion tween ready to go

First off we select a tweened frame in the timeline like so

When you do this, you’ll see that the Property Window has changed and now shows information about that tween as seen below

What we want here is that Ease section. See that orange underlined number? You can drag it up and down with the mouse.

By setting the ease to 100, it will ease the motion out. In other words, the motion will slow down as it gets to the end. Positive numbers will result in an ease out.

The opposite of easing out is easing in, by setting it to negative numbers such as -100. Easing in will have the motion start slowly and then speed up as it reaches the end.

Here are some examples of how easing can affect a motion tween

But what’s that one at the bottom with IN OUT on it?

Here’s the fun part.

Okay so lets go back to the properties window, you’ve probably noticed there’s also a button with a pencil on it in the Ease subwindow…why don’t you give it a click?

Now you’ve got this fancy graph! If you’ve ever used the pen tool in photoshop or something similar, you’ll have a good idea on how you can change things up!

Let me show you how to do a simple In & Out ease…

And that’s it! Now you’ve got some “smooth” tweens!

If you’re willing to get your hands dirty, you can create some funky motion eases with this graph as well!

I hope this helps you with your further tweening endeavors!