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Here's that snowflake tutorial I said I'd do. It teaches you how to create some rather realistic looking falling snowflakes in Flash. I used Flash CS4 here, but it should work w/ earlier versions too.

I threw this together really quickly so I don't know how clear the instructions are. It's also kinda hard to explain... but I hope you can figure out the steps >_< If not, just leave a comment and I'll try to answer your questions if it hasn't been answered already.

Here's the final product:
[link]

-edit Dec 23rd 2010-
Whoa!! Daily Deviation!?!?!? Thank you :iconfantasystock: for featuring me! :D And thank each and every one of you for commenting/faving :D
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Given 2010-12-23
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Snowflake Animation tutorial by =powerswithin is a spectacular demonstration about creating a realistic, multilayer snow effect in Flash. ( Featured by FantasyStock )
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Jahpan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
how do you do this in photoshop CS6?
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:iconhavickart:
HavickArt Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this tutorial is amazing but im so beginner on flash i cant do it :(
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:iconpinewhisker123:
Pinewhisker123 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thank you! It's put so simply c:
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:iconxkirameku-lunaix:
xKirameku-Lunaix Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is amazing thanks! :D
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solarheal9 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Been trying to figure out how to do this for like two weeks, thank you
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:iconlilaym:
LilayM Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wow! This is great! Thanks!
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:iconevilwheatley:
EvilWheatley Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
I can't wait to do this, thanks!
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MaeMaeTwin Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial, it was very simple and easy to follow!! Here's what I used the tutorial for!
[link]

Again thanks! ^^
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:iconchandy84:
Chandy84 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
soo good it's possile do it with gimp?
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:iconpowerswithin:
powerswithin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011   General Artist
Thnx!
I haven't used gimp so I'm not sure. Conceptually it should work, but I dunno if you'll be able to make it loop in gimp.
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:iconvitamorior:
VitaMorior Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Helped a lot thanks!
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:iconodieluvnikki:
odieluvnikki Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
... *Claps* You should make a YouTube video on how to do this so we can see it more. ^^
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:iconshiningenjeru:
ShiningEnjeru Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
so pretty ;u;
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:iconventhor78:
Venthor78 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it's so cute :XD: :heart:
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:iconsaerwenapsenniel:
SaerwenApsenniel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great!!!
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:iconkenai-wolf:
kenai-wolf Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm so stupid i can't :faint:
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:iconmithrandirff7:
mithrandirff7 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
This is beauitful! I have GOT to try it! Many thanks ^__^
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:iconambermdigitalpaints:
ambermdigitalpaints Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool! Thank you! I want to try and do this and make rain. :)
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:iconqueenz14:
Queenz14 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Animation Contest ! Your invited to join ! :party:[link]
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SilverYazoo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank you so much for the tutorial, it's really awesome, and snow looks absolutely natural)
but I have some questions - actually I'm a newbie in flash, so these words like "action script" and "programming" scary hell out of me)) so, I'll just point out some steps that I may do utterly wrong (btw english isn't my native language so may be I just couldn't get something right))
1) creating snowflakes_ani - should I select everything on the layer, then ctrl+c/ctrl+v and just put this copied piece on the empty space on the stage or there some stuff with frames changing? btw when I create snowflakes_ani by selecting these two copies and converting to movieclip, snowflakes_mc on the main stage turns into snowflakes_ani (I mean symbol by itself, not a name). Is it supposed to happen or I made a mistake?
2) well, finally when I finish all the stuff in snowflake_mc timeline and test my movie all I get is snowflakes fall down uncovering absolutely empty space on the top of the frame and then cycle repeats again.

I hope you didn't get tired by reading this and excuse me for being such a noob))
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:iconpowerswithin:
powerswithin Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011   General Artist
Thanks! Sorry for the late reply ^^;
Yeah when you make snowflakes_ani you just copy & paste and put the copied piece in the empty spaces above the the original copy. And once you convert it into snowflake_ani it should appear as snowflake_ani on the main stage (so yeah it's suppose to happen :D )

For your second question do you have a screenshot? Since I'm not sure I understand what the error is >.< Are you referring to snowflakes uncovering the gray areas outside of the main stage? There will be snowflakes outside of the main stage, but that's alright since if you test the movie with "ctrl+enter" you won't see anything on the "gray areas", therefore creating the illusion that snowflakes are falling down endlessly. I'm not really good at explaining XD; if I didn't answer your questions properly it would be best if you had a screenshot, or Email me your .fla file =P
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SilverYazoo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
oh thank you so much for reply)) sent you my .fla)
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:iconpowerswithin:
powerswithin Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011   General Artist
np! :D I just replied, I hope you received it alright.
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raptorwolfchick Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
HOLY COW! This is freaking awesome, thank you so much for making it! (+fav)
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:iconchi-u:
chi-u Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your so amazing at backgrounds!!
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:iconpowerswithin:
powerswithin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011   General Artist
Thanks :D
This took forever tho :XD: I haven't done detailed backgrounds in a picture since forever!
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:iconchi-u:
chi-u Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehehe no worries :3
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Vivi-kiramaru-sama19 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much this is very very extremely superbly *insert more good adjectives* helpful
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:iconpowerswithin:
powerswithin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011   General Artist
LoL Thank you! :D
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:iconniji-iro:
Niji-iro Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
thanks for this very useful tutorial. Ever since I've seen it I totally wanted to make a snow animation too.

and here's the final product :D [link]
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
:iconnewyearplz: Happy 2011!!1!!1!!
Congratulations on your Daily Deviation!! :XD: As a result, you've been featured in December 2010 Resources DDs.
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:iconpowerswithin:
powerswithin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011   General Artist
Thank you so much once again :D It was a huge honour to receive a daily deviation! :D
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rafak9 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial
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Son23 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
look what i made using ur tutorial X3

[link]
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:iconpowerswithin:
powerswithin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011   General Artist
Yay it looks great!! Happy New Year :D
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:iconson23:
Son23 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
you too! =3
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GingerRain Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the tutorial :)
However, I do encounter a problem. When I create the snowflake_ani movie clip, the snowflake_mc one turns invisible and all the dots are gone. I also can't get it to move/play.
I'm a beginner with flash, so it's new to me. Any tips on how to fix this?
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:iconpowerswithin:
powerswithin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011   General Artist
Thanks!
Hmm that is strange... I'm not quite sure what the problem would be... Make sure everything in snowflake_mc is selected before creating snowflake_ani. Alternatively, you can try creating snowflake_ani first then create snowflake_mc second. i.e draw the dots, create snowflake_ani. Then with that movieclip selected, hit F8 again to create a movieclip out of that movieclip =] I hope it works! :D Good luck!
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GingerRain Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds complicated. Thanks for your help though, I'll try my best! :)
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:iconmyfantasiworld:
MyFantasiWorld Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice and basic tutorial. I would definitely use this for an animation I'm planning to make. =)
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alaa9jo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
That's fantastic,I loved it :la:

P.S: Am I the only one who noticed the back button is not working :?
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:iconrollingswitch:
RollingSwitch Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
effing amazing
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:iconmysticaltemptress:
MysticalTemptress Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This will help me out wonderfully well.
Thank you!
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:iconaberleigh:
Aberleigh Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
love the shooting star :D
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:iconanglaiserox:
AnglaiseRox Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student Photographer
Wow this is absolute genius! O_o Really. One day, I shall get into the world of flash and GIFs =)
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DorikoSniper97 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done!
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KaitousBlackWings Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Very cool! I hope to be able to use this method one day when I get/learn Flash!
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Shiver-Slice Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
O_O Amazing~
(but the back button don't work on the last page) D:
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:iconminervagem:
MinervaGem Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!! I've been wanting something like this for awhile!! Thanks for making this & congrats on the DD!!!
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