flash Motion Guide in Flash 8

What is Motion Guide?

Motion Guide is nothing but moving your symbol in a predefined path such as curves or circles. Learn how to move Flash objects in circular, zig zag or curved paths using Flash motion guide.

This tutorial will explain on how to create motion guide in Flash 8


  1. Create a graphic symbol or drag a pre-existing graphic symbol from library onto the stage. Name the layer as "Images".
  2. (The car image shown in the demo is available, your teacher will tell you were you can find it.) If you want to use an image import it to stage and then press "F8" to make it a symbol.
  3. Right click on the "images" label and select "Add Motion Guide" from the pop-up window.
  4. A new layer will appear on top of the "graphic" layer with the label "Guide:graphic" along with the guide icon.
  5. Draw the path for your symbol in this new layer using pencil or line tool.
    For example: I drew a circle for my car. But I suggest you keep it simple to start with.
  6. Select frame 50 of guide layer and press "F5" to insert frames.
  7. Now go to "Frame 1" of "images" layer and drag your symbol to one end of your path. While dragging, you will see a bubble on the symbol. Initially the bubble will be in the top left corner of the imag.That bubble should go right below the path. Something like the one shown below.
  8. Now go to "Frame 50" of "images" layer and press F6 to insert a new keyframe.
  9. Now drag your symbol to other end of your path. Again, the bubble should go right below the path.
  10. Select any frame between 1 to 50 of your "images" layer. Right click and select "motion tween" from the pop-up menu.

That's it, you are through. Press Ctrl+Enter to view your work.