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    does anyone know how to do a "barber pole" effect or smoothly flowing arrows in flash? i have a small rectangular window that needs to have a seamless animation of this type, and i'm not sure how to make it look like a perfect loop. do you know of any tutorials?

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    thank you so much! but when i click the link it tells me i don't have permission to access the server...??

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    Me too!

    In the meantime, then, have a play with this.

    1. Create an image containing a series of equally spaced diagonal red stripes, say about four times wider than the barber pole you are after. Make this a masked layer.

    2. Create another layer above and draw a shape the size/shape of your barber pole. Make this a mask layer.

    3. Animate the masked layer image so that the visible stripes appear to move downwards/upwards.

    4. Experiment with the tweening to get the right movement - jump back to the start to repeat.

    Put this all in a movie clip so you can use it wherever you want and size as required.

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    thank you...

    it's the animation of the layer so that the stripes "appear to move downwards and upwards" that is giving me trouble...that and the jumping back to the start. i can't seem to get this to look seamless; there's always a blank space and then a glitch.

    is there something i'm missing?

    stacy

    In the meantime, then, have a play with this.

    1. Create an image containing a series of equally spaced diagonal red stripes, say about four times wider than the barber pole you are after. Make this a masked layer.

    2. Create another layer above and draw a shape the size/shape of your barber pole. Make this a mask layer.

    3. Animate the masked layer image so that the visible stripes appear to move downwards/upwards.

    4. Experiment with the tweening to get the right movement - jump back to the start to repeat.

    Put this all in a movie clip so you can use it wherever you want and size as required. [/B][/QUOTE]

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    The trick is to use a gotoAndPlay(1) instead of letting the movie loop by itself.

    If you want the demo I built to test this, just e-mail me and I'll send it to you.

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    wow! it's very cool of you to do that for me! thank you!

    my email is pershall@hotmail.com. i'd love to see it (i assume you mean you would send the .fla file...if not, could you?)

    thanks,
    stacy

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    You should have it now.

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