Adobe Animate used to be called FLASH. Sometimes you will hear the program still referred to as Flash. They are essentially the same, with some additional upgrades in Animate.
To open Animate, you may need to search for the program. If so, use the search bar at the bottom left of your screen.
You may also need to right click on the icon and set it to “Pin to taskbar”
When the program opens, choose “HTML5 Canvas.”
The one thing that I don’t like about Classic is that the Timeline is at the top. So I move it.
And move it to the bottom of the window until you see a blue bar appear. It should stay there from now on.
I also like a double row of icons in the Tools pane at the left. Click and drag the edge of the Tools pane and expand it a bit:
As with any project, your first step should ALWAYS be to SAVE!
Before you start, I also recommend changing an important preference. To open the preferences box, you can click Control + U or go into the Edit menu to open Preferences.
The important one for me is the Auto-Recovery option. Right now, your work is saved every 10 minutes. I personally think that’s too long. I can do a fair bit in 10 minutes. I’m going to change mine to 3 minutes: You can play around with the settings if you like. If you find that your computer is too slow, you may be saving too often, so you may have to bump that number up.
I like to customize the size of my stage. Let’s start with one that is 720 x 486.
I also like to set my fps to 25, because it helps me to keep track of how many seconds I’ve created:
You may also wish to change the colour of your stage, depending on what you are drawing:
We’ll start with the basic tools in the middle:
Here’s a good video about those tools. Click to stream or download. The videos will play bigger and probably better if you download them before watching.
You will need to draw a scene for me using these tools. Make your stage 720 x 486 and your fps 25. Use as many of these tools as you can and create an interesting and colourful scene. Don’t just draw random shapes, set a scene that you can animate later! You might just save yourself some work down the road…
Good (but fast) overview video: