I recently switched over to Creative Cloud, and it is very cool to be able to use new tools and features after using CS3 for the past 6 years. I’m loving the cleaner interface and that Touch Type Tool is delightful.
One of the applications I’ve been using in the past few days is Flash Professional. For some reason I was so reluctant to learn Flash, but once I started moving things around while watching numerous tutorials online and got the butterfly actually flying with its wings flopping around, I was really happy, and no one could stop after that.
I noticed that the rewarding feeling of seeing your own images moving perfectly just like you imagined on the screen is very similar to when working on prints in the studio especially when you work with transparent medium/color. Drop some ink, make some proof, set the paper, pull the squeezee, lift up the screen to check and bam! You literary jump up and scream “Holy shit! This is working! I did this!”
The reason I decided to try this intimidating application is I was recently faced with a situation that “If no one will do it, I have to.” kind of moment. We needed a video clip for promotional purpose and someone had to do it.
As a small startup, we don’t have enough resource, money or manpower to pull off something spectacular. And everyone seemed to be stuck with their own task. I looked around and thought for a moment. I know design rules, what works and what doesn’t work for the project, have a strong storytelling skill, although I have loads of other work to do, this is very important and I definitely can pull it off as long as I have access to internet for online tutorials and forums to ask questions.
So, having recently upgraded memory on my beloved MacBook Pro, I decided to give it a try, and now I’m digging the process. My next challenge will be After Effects to edit and add some more stuff to the animation.
And here’s the important stuff to remember; it’s always fun to try new things, and you fuck up once or twice but when you get it right for the first time, it just feels SO GOOD.
Challenge yourself or there will be no growth for yourself or your team.
Today I’m thankful for great online tutorials and Adobe team for making their products powerful, fun and valuable.