AdvancED Flash Interface Design

Overview

As a competent Flash designer, you’re probably comfortable with all of the basics that Flash has to offer. However, you’ve probably looked at some of the amazing Flash sites on the web and thought, "How’d they do that?" Well, you’ll find out in this book.

Flash allows users to create some amazing interactive interfaces to interact with rich Internet applications, e-learning systems, and simple web sites. In this book, two of the most talented Flash designers in the world will ...

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Overview

As a competent Flash designer, you’re probably comfortable with all of the basics that Flash has to offer. However, you’ve probably looked at some of the amazing Flash sites on the web and thought, "How’d they do that?" Well, you’ll find out in this book.

Flash allows users to create some amazing interactive interfaces to interact with rich Internet applications, e-learning systems, and simple web sites. In this book, two of the most talented Flash designers in the world will show you how to use them effectively to create breathtaking visuals for your Flash web sites. You’ll also learn how to take advantage of Flash's powerful built-in vector-based drawing tools.

The authors discuss general background theory, such as site planning, color theory, and information architecture. They reveal techniques using gradients, layers, lighting and shadowing, 3D objects, animation, and photo editing. Techniques are illustrated and the book concludes with a discussion of usability and final tweaks. There is also a tutorial on testing your work, and exporting and finally publishing it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590595558
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 5/9/2006
  • Series: Advanced Design Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

A computer enthusiast his whole life, Guido Rosso started designing professionally at the height of the dot-com boom. Surviving the crash unscathed, he and his twin brother, Luigi, opened RealitySlip Srl (www.realityslip.com), a design and development company based in Rome. They have since broadened their portfolio to include award-winning web design, application development, and video game projects for companies around the world. Guido's work has been featured in PC Gamer, American Design Awards, The Favourite Website Awards, and numerous other publications, and awarded finalist for Macromedia MAX.

Brian Monnone is more than simply a Flash artist. He is a technologist with a love for great design, motion graphics, and music. Currently, he is senior interactive designer at nFusion Group in Austin, Texas. His role with nFusion includes creating dynamic Flash demos, videos, and sound design. His future plans include filmmaking. Becoming a filmmaker has been a lifelong passion for Brian, and until that day comes, he'll continue to create unique multimedia. Visit his website: www.monnone.com.

Michael Kemper has managed and deployed interactive, video, and animation projects in every industry vertical for some of the world's largest companies. He has been recognized by eDesign magazine and has received numerous ADDY awards and Art Directors Club awards for interactive design and animation. Michael owns a creative consultancy (www.feedyourimage.com) in San Francisco, where he focuses on motion graphics and experience design for digital media. When he isn't working on client engagements, he spends much of his free time reading graphic novels and practicing digital photography.

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Table of Contents

Summary of contents:
  • Chapter 1 Flash Overview
  • Chapter 2 Creating Usable and Innovative Experiences
  • Chapter 3 Interface Designers' Guide to Color
  • Chapter 4 Planning Your Interface Design
  • Chapter 5 Vector Drawing and Effects in Flash and Illustrator
  • Chapter 6 Understanding the Timeline and Layers
  • Chapter 7 Working with 3D Vectors
  • Chapter 8 Using Video in Flash
  • Chapter 9 Photoshop Techniques
  • Chapter 10 Moving from Photoshop to Flash and Effective PNGs
  • Chapter 11 Creating Animated Effects
  • Chapter 12 Flash Textures
  • Chapter 13 Photo Editing in Photoshop and Flash
  • Chapter 14 Finishing Off Your Site
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