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Week 23 – ActionScript – Learning Activity 5.2

Complicated stuff…. Fun though, nevertheless ūüôā

“Please design and code buttons to use in the scenes you created in the previous activity.
Create two buttons – one for each scene.

Integrate the two buttons to the previous learning activity, and use Action Script 3.0 to activate the buttons.
The function of the buttons will have to make it possible to navigate between the two scenes (using the buttons).”

So I sort of did the same mistake as I did when the mandatory hand-in 06 was due.
All this coding can wreck your head easily – and we’re not even doing super complicated stuff.

Today has therefore been a great challenge. Not because the activity itself was difficult, but because I made a mistake.
The mistake was mixing up a capital letter, and writing a lowercase one instead in the code.

Correct scene 1 code:


frem_btn.addEventListener(MouseEvent.CLICK, neste);function neste(event:MouseEvent):void {

gotoAndStop(1, “Scene 2”);


Incorrect scene 1 code:


frem_btn.addEventListener(MouseEvent.CLICK, neste);function neste(event:MouseEvent):void {

gotoAndStop(1, “scene 2“);


My mistake was to write “scene 2” with a lowercase ‘S’. I also did this in the scene 2 code.
The direct result of this was that the button action did not work. I was not able to click my way into scene two.
I’ve been going crazy all day, checking the code a hundred times. I’ve been browsing the internet, and reading the full curriculum at least ten times.
Luckily, someone else have made this mistake before me, so I found the answer to my silly problem in our forum for Noroff students.

As mentioned in my previous entry, I’ll add all my Adobe Flash work to my student¬†website eventually.
I haven’t gotten my head around how to combine Flash and Dreamweaver as of yet…

One thing at a time.

I’ve once again added my work to DeviantArt. Check it out right here:

Typography and Image – Action Script 3.0

Well, another school day over, another important lesson learned.
Be thorough and precise when writing your code, Marit.



Week 23 – Typography/Image – Learning Activity 5.1

“In this learning activity, you will have to work with composition of an image and typographical elements.

Make two compositions in Adobe Flash:

  1. The elements need to have a similarity/harmony between the image and the typography.
    This can be done in regards to the placement or the design of the elements.
  2. The elements need to have a contrast between the image and the typography.
    Again, this can be done in regards to the placement or the design of the elements.

Make jpg’s of the images and add them to you reflective journal.
Explain the design of the two compositions.”


So, here’s my first composition – Similarity/Harmony


The image has balanced color within the big circled elements. This matches the background color.
The small circles also has a symmetrical purpose, and gives the idea of balance and harmony along with the big circles.

Each element has an outline as big as the mid-line. This also creates balance.
I chose a round font, to compliment the circles.
Each letter, except from two, has the same color as the big circle.
I chose the two letters in red, to tie them together with the small circles.

Here’s my second composition – Contrast



The typography creates the contrast in the composition.

The color does not match, the font is strong, and not round and soft, as the previous composition.

I chose a non-complimentary color to the red, which is the pink in the font.

All in all, the typography is a contrast to the balanced elements.

For my next task, it starts getting complicated. Oh lord…



Week 22 – Flash Library – Learning Activity 4.2

“In this learning activity, you will have to work with symbols.
The goal is to understand how we build up the content of a scene, by using the library and symbols.

This activity consists of four parts:

  1. Make three different and simple graphic symbols.
  2. Make one simple movie clip symbol.
  3. Convert your avatar into a button symbol, and change the color of the elements over down and hit.
  4. Add all the above into one scene in different layers.”

So, this was interesting.

I’m still not quite sure about the library, and how you can save you symbols permanently – however, I managed to produce this:

Flash Attempt

Click on my avatar to see it change its colors.

Also, it’s not possible to add SWF files into a site.
I’ll add e new tab on my website for all my flash activities eventually. In the meanwhile, I am using deviantArt for my flash files.

I fell pretty confident in creating symbols in Adobe Flash.
I mean, I’m not saying I’ve created anything wonderful, but I’m feeling quite confident in the technical aspect itself.

It’s basically the same in every Adobe program that we have¬†touched, where it’s very smart to work in layers.
If you don’t, you risk having a very messy affair.

Flash seems like fun, and¬†it¬†seems like it’s¬†the most¬†elaborate¬† Adobe program we have been learning.
There are no limits in regards to creating websites with detailed animation, fabulous customized buttons and graphic symbols, and even sound.

However, back to my biggest question: Is it possible to save a library permanently. I mean, when you create your symbols, can you save it, and use it for a whole new scene later on?

I might have done something wrong, but it seems as though a library only get’s stored for each new document/or scene created.
If I want to use these elements that I’ve created, do I have to go back to an old scene, and copy them over?

I’ve tried “googeling” this, and search around for the answer. No luck.
I’ll try my school forum.



Week 22 – Avatar – Learning Activity 4.1

“In this learning activity, you will have to produce an Avatar of yourself .
Size has to be 200 px x 200 px.

Start with a photo of yourself, and work with simplifying shapes.
Make some analogue sketches, before you work with the Avatar in Adobe Flash.
The Avatar has to be produced digitally in Adobe Flash, and it has to be an easy shape with simple colors.
Remember to work in layers.”

So, finally, after some PC issues, I am able to add my work.

Here’s the image I used as a starting point for making my avatar:


Here’s the analogue sketches I made, before entering the world of Adobe Flash:

SketsjAvatar1 SketsjAvatar2

Aaaand, here’s the final result:

Marit Avatar


Hehe. Personally, I think the main sketch there is better than the avatar itself.
However, it was supposed to be simple ūüôā




Week 21 – Photo Editing – Learning Activity 2.2

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“In this activity, you will practice making adjustments of digital images in Adobe Photoshop. On your reflective journal, please present the three images from the previous learning activity, but this time…: One of the images should have a contrast between … Continue reading


Week 21 – Travelling – Learning Activity 2.1

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“In this learning activity, you will have to¬†photograph¬†during travel on a mobile device such as a car, bus, boat, bicycle etc. Chose three of the images captured to communicate the essence of the trip. Carefully think about the images chosen, … Continue reading

Week 20 – Lighting and Value – Learning Activity 1.2

“Place light and shoot a balloon with your SLR Cam in a simple home studio.

Work with the values in the image.
Decide¬†whether to work with high key or low key image, using a high or low contrast.”

(This post was added a bit late, as I managed to only save it as draft instead of publicize it last Friday…)

To start this learning activity, I fist did a quick research on essential studio equipment that a photographer would normally use.
The must-haves are:
* Your camera (obviously…)
* Light
* Background
* Tripod

Other equipment that comes in handy:
* External Flash
* Soft boxes
* Reflectors
* Flash/light measure

I’ve actually owned a couple of¬†soft boxes for quite some time now, so I’ve used these two in this learning activity.
Balloon was photographed against a white wall – instead of using a backdrop solution.
I had no need for flash during this exercise.

I decided to work with a high-key, high contrast image, and this is the result:


My two soft boxes were placed on the right hand side of the balloon, to cast the shadow on the left hand side.
I’ve adjusted the light and¬†exposure to brighten the image, and also adjusted the contrast to a high level.

That’s it for now!