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Adobe Edge Quickstart Guide

By : Joseph Labrecque
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Adobe Edge Quickstart Guide

By: Joseph Labrecque

Overview of this book

With the advent of HTML5 and CSS3, web designers can now create sophisticated animations without the need of additional plugins such as Flash. However, there hasn't been an easy way for creating animations with web standards until now. This book enables even those with little knowledge of HTML or programming web content to freely create a variety of rich compositions involving motion and interactivity.Learning Adobe Edge will quickly get you up and running with this professional authoring software to create highly engaging content which targets HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. Content created in Adobe Edge does not rely on a plugin ñ so it can be run within any standard browserñ even on mobile.Learning Adobe Edge begins with an overview of the shifting web landscape and the Edge application. We then move on through the variety of panels and toolsets available, and explore the many options we have when creating motion and interactivity using Edge.The book presents the reasoning behind engaging, standards-based web content and how Edge fills the need for professional tooling in this area. In the book we'll examine content creation and how to achieve fluid animation and advanced transitioning through the Edge timeline. Sprinkled throughout the book are tips and references for those coming to Edge from a background in Flash Professional. Whether you are coming to Edge from Flash Professional or are totally new to motion graphics on the web, Adobe Edge Quickstart Guide provides a solid foundation of motion and interactivity concepts and techniques along with a set of demo assets to build upon.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Chapter 3. Working with Edge Tools and Managing Assets

In order to perform any sort of animation or interactivity in an Edge composition, we'll need to either create or import the elements necessary for a particular project. In this chapter, we'll have a look at the drawing tools available to us in Edge, including:

  • The Rectangle tool

  • The Rounded Rectangle tool

  • The Text tool

  • The Selection tool

  • The Transform tool

  • Color tools

We'll also go through some basic examples of using these tools, and demonstrate how to import external assets into a composition. Finally, we'll see how to create Symbols in Edge, and define custom Font definitions in the Library.

Using the drawing tools

Edge includes a limited number of drawing tools, which can be used to create elements within our composition. These elements can eventually be made to move around, allow user interaction, or even be made into Edge Symbols.

The drawing tools can be accessed through a series of icons within the Edge Toolbar. By default, the Toolbar...