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Adobe Flash Shape Hints

1. You need to add shape hints to the shape for this tutorial.

2. Create a new file.

3. Type 'I' with proper size and font. Select the text.

Modify > Break Apart

Cut and paste the text to place it at the center.

adobe flash shape hints

4. Right-click on the 15 th frame. Select insert Blank keyframe. Type 'C' with same size and font. Select the text.

Modify > Break Apart

Cut and paste the text to place it at the center.

adobe flash shape hints

5. Right click anywhere between 1 to 15 in the timeline. Select "Create Shape Tween".

6. You will get the following output.

Now we will add the shape hints to control the shape change.

7. Select first frame.

Modify > Shape > Add Shape Hint

You will get shape hint icon with red color and letter 'a' at the center of the letter "I".

adobe flash shape hints

8. Go to the last frame, you will find the similar shape hint. Drag it to the center.

adobe flash shape hints

9. Go to the first frame. Repeat the procedure twice to get two more shape hints with 'b' & 'c' inside.

Drag them at the position shown below.

adobe flash shape hints

10. Go to the last frame. Adjust the shape hints as shown below.

adobe flash shape hints

11. You will get the following output.

12. So you can figure out that shape hints decide the location of the shape tweening process and thus makes the animation smooth without distortion.

 
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