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Sabtu, 23 April 2011

How to Make Flash Banner without Adobe Flash

I am often amazed at the cool Flash banner on Web and I want to make an animated banner for my Website. But how to create a wonderful banner?

The first idea in my mind is I can create one with Adobe Flash product. I deny this idea quickly for the following reasons.
As I know, Adobe Flash is a tool for professionals to create Flash animations and movies. It is not an ideal tool for me. If I use this software, I think I have to spend a lot of time learning how to use it. Besides, Adobe Flash is so expensive that I do not want to purchase it.

Is there any easy way to make Flash banner without Adobe Flash? An idea pops up in my mind. I will share it with all Flash newbies.

As we know that there are rich animations in MS PowerPoint, can we turn the animation to a Flash movie? The answer is “Yes”.
If you have MS PowerPoint in your computer, you can create a PowerPoint banner and convert it to a cool Flash banner with PowerPoint to Flash Converter.
And I find there are some advantages with PowerPoint to create animated movie.
  • PowerPoint is very popular and so easy to use. PowerPoint is quite user-friendly. Only after some clicks, the phenomenal slideshow will come out. Even though you are just a beginner, so many tutorials on line will help you.
  • It is quite effective. The animation types can definitely satisfy your needs in a Flash movie. I also can add music, pictures, etc to the files.

I use the PowerPoint 2007. Now let me show you steps.
1. Create a new slide. In my computer, the default size of the slide is On-screen shot(4:3). So you need to set up the page size as a banner in Design.

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In the Slide sized for, you can choose the Banner option. Or you also can set up the size as you favorite.

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Click OK, you can see the banner is in an earlier format.

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Then you can design a banner as you like. You can also add animations, sounds, pictures and more objects into your design.
2.
1) I set up a theme to this banner. As you know, MS PowerPoint supports many themes. I choose this one. It seems very fresh and cool.

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2) Insert the Lighting bulb: Insert-> Picture-> then select a picture you want to insert from your computer. This bulb is a GIF image, so I do not add any animations into it.
3) Insert a text box and input the sentence "How to make Flash banner with PowerPoint". Then add effects to the text box. There are four animations: entrance, emphasis and exit. I just add the entrance’s effect.
There are many effects we can select for every animations. You can get more effects from More Effects option.

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You can adjust the speed of the effect. I set up it (set it up) to Medium.

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Then click OK. The final interface is as follow (please check your PowerPoint file): You can press F5 to preview your Flash banner.

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Ok, this simple PowerPoint banner is finished.
If I want to put this banner on the web, what I need is a powerpoint to Flash.
I think an excellent PowerPoint to Flash converter is very helpful for me. A good PowerPoint to Flash converter should be able to preserve the pre-set animations and effects.