Flash And Photoshop - A Creative Introduction


A luscious example of Photoshop design.


Photoshop and Flash are delicious programs that can be used to make your websites/blogs more vibrant and entertaining. I've talked a lot about the benefits of incorporating different types of media into your page, and now I've decided to show you possibly two of the most creative forms and give you a basic rundown of what they do and how to get started. There's both created by Adobe who make other outstanding products for media uses ranging from video effects to website creation software.

Firstly you have to understand that Photoshop and Flash are both entirely different things but the tools available in both are pretty much the same which means if you know how to use one you can use both. This makes the transition between both designer programs both easier and quicker to comprehend so you can skip the learning stages and get straight down to knocking up a fruitful design or short animation.


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Adobe Flash CS5
Adobe Flash CS5

  • Flash is a product which allows you to create animations. (Or in layman's terms it makes moving objects and cartoons). You can make all ranges of interactive media using Flash through its use of a 'timeline' and 'frames' which allow you to position drawings at different points in your animation to create a moving prototype. Flash has many uses, you've probably seen advertisements or Flash cartoons created entirely with Flash. A good place to check out examples of captivating Flash cartoons is Newgrounds which was the original and first Flash portal on the internet.
  • It can however be quite a costly program but you can try the free trial download available from Adobe above which runs for a set duration of time until expiration. This is great because it allows you to test out the fully-functioning program for yourself. You'll see how easy it is to draw objects on the timeline and then make them come alive in the form of animation. It really is a very easy piece of software which can produce some fantastic results that can liven up your website or blog.
  • Basic Flash Tutorials - These are neat little tutorials to help you understand the basics of setting up a document and starting simples animation in Flash. It doesn't have many pictures to demonstrate unfortunately but it is a great website for learning the basics of a number of different kinds of programming/designing application. You can follow the chapters or jump to individual ones that catch your interest. You can also find steady-paced video tutorials on YouTube which can often aid better than any written one.

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Adobe Photoshop CS5
Adobe Photoshop CS5

  • Photoshop is a software tool used by designers to make custom graphics for their websites/blogs. It can come in useful for creating banners, additional graphics, themes and all manor of interesting improvements to aid the appearance of your page. Skilled Photoshop artists can often end up designing the entire website template which does bring originality to your page and saves hiring a professional graphic designer. It's definitely a useful skill to learn if you haven't already.
  • An inspiring place to get motivation is a website called DeviantArt but be careful as some of the creations could blow you away with their epicness. There are so many styles you can fit into with Photoshop from grunge to ambient and funk - It's your chance to feel around and decide what style you work best and are most comfortable with. Don't be afraid to experiement with creating new things in Photoshop that's what its there for. You'll be surprised.
  • Photoshop Effects Tutorials - Has a range of effective tutorials demonstrating a range of effects you can experiment with on Photoshop. The benefit to following one of these tutorials is you can move along at your own pace and it has support forums if you need to ask a question. Before long you'll be puking out your own iconic masterpieces to share with the world. 

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Photoshop art displaying fine saturation effects

And for some final words...

Flash and Photoshop just open the door to whatever ambitions you have for creating and designing relevant material for your website. Perhaps you could use your acquired skills to give that extra vibe to your site? I'm considering actually making a few Flash widgets to include in the sidebar. Do remember the only limit is your own imagination! (I know that sounds a bit cheesy).

Just look around you whenever you visit another website. I'd hazard a guess that most of the content that is not hand-written has seen the inside of Photoshop/Flash or another designer tool at some point in it's lifetime. It's amazing to see how far these programs reach on the internet. And at the same time the fact that you are using the same program to produce your media as large companies turning over millions each year are using to produce theirs.

Comments

Raw News said...

I use photoshop and flash quite a bit.

nothing else even comes close in terms of power and ease of use.

BlowingInTheWind said...

I try to use photoshop :) Not very good, used to make sigs on forums.

I enjoy following signature tutorials every now n then too

Tracerz said...

Thanks for the info! There's something about the picture at the top - I've always liked those kinds. =) I'm really going to have to learn photoshop soon though!

LifeHacks said...

Very useful info, I'll pass it off to my wife!

PS3 Fnatic said...

I love using that software.

Learnin' German Admin said...

i'm using both, both are quite useful...

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Thanks man, these two tools are the lightsaber of anyone with any hope of expressing themselves creatively in a digital format!

Mr. Storyteller said...

I use photoshop to x-ray through clothing :p

Nik Mekeena said...

very cool

kal said...

this is exactly what i'm looking for right now

ed said...

never got into flash or even ps, i still use ms paint

mtn said...

i'm a ps user since like 10 years myself... and have to say that this is just THE best program

ReidTech said...

I love playing with saturation/hue tools, along with gradients, you make some pretty awsome effects.

Niko said...

Seems like you can't do anything these days without PS.

Innovations said...

i photoshoot like a marksman

f0rwhatitsworth said...

sweet man thanks. ive been looking to try photoshop out for awhile now.

Nemesis said...

good stuff to learn

metalpark_73189 said...

Gracias for the info man, I never used these programs but I will in the future thanks!

Brendan McCarty said...

thanks for this, needed it!