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When you launch Flash CS6 for the first time, the first thing you want to do is create a document. The interface is pretty, but it won’t do you a bit of good without a document. You can create several types of documents. Here, you create a basic document with the default document size, frame rate, background color (refrigerator white, which is boring), and so on.

It’s a good place to start, but you generally need to modify the document to suit the web page in which the Flash movie will be embedded.

To create a Flash document, follow these steps:

1

Launch Flash and choose File→New.

The New Document dialog box appears.

2

Choose the desired document type.

For a Flash document you’re creating for the web, choose one of the first two options. ActionScript 3.0, which was introduced with Flash CS3, is a robust language, but it’s not appropriate for casual Flash users. For the purpose of this exercise, create a Flash File (ActionScript 2.0).

3

Enter a value for the Width and Height.

You can enter a value by clicking the field, or by hovering your cursor over the current size until a hand with a pointing finger and a two-headed arrow appears, which in Adobe-speak is known as a “scrubby slider.” Drag the slider to set the desired value.

The default document size is 550 pixels (px) x 400 px. If you’re creating a small animation for a banner, you may end up with a document size of 150 x 90 or something similar. If you’re creating a Flash website optimized for a 1024 x 768 desktop, you’ll create a document that’s 955 px x 600 px.

4

Select an option in the Ruler Units section.

Your options are Pixels (the default), Inches, Inches (decimal), Points, Centimeters, or Millimeters.

5

Enter the desired frame rate in the Frame Rate field.

Alternatively, you can grab the scrubby slider by the scruff of its neck and drag to set the desired frame rate. The default frame rate of 24 fps works well for most Flash movies. If you’re streaming video to an audience that has a high-speed cable connection, you can specify 30 fps and deliver beautiful full-motion video.

6

Click the Background Color swatch.

Flash opens the Swatches panel.

7

Select the desired background color.

You can choose a color by clicking a swatch. The colors in the default palette are from the web-safe, 216-color palette. Alternatively, you can enter the hexadecimal value for the color in the text field. This determines the background color of the Flash movie as well as the background color of the HTML document in which the Flash movie is embedded.

8

If desired, select the Auto-Save check box.

This option comes in handy when you’re working on a complex document. When you accept this option, the document is saved every 10 minutes. You can change the default auto-save time by entering a different number in the field there. Alternatively, you can drag the scrubby slider to set the time.

9

(Optional) Click the Make Default button if you want these parameters to be the defaults for future Flash documents you create.

This option applies all parameters.

10

Click OK.

Flash creates a new document.

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