Learn the Fundamentals of Adobe Edge Animate
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Learn the Fundamentals of Adobe Edge Animate

Learn the fundamentals behind using Adobe Edge Animate.
4.4 (32 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
398 students enrolled
Created by Tom Green
Last updated 11/2015
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 17 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • By the end of this course, you will:
  • Understand the role of Edge Animate in the web motion graphics workflow
  • Create compelling Animate compositions from banner ads to adding Animate compositions to ePub layouuts.
  • Master the Edge Animate interface as you create compelling animations.
  • An Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

Adobe Edge Animate is a robust motion graphics and interactivity tool designed as a motion graphics tool that allows you to create and deploy motion graphics and interactive projects to the web and DPS publications., In this 5.5-hour course, author and teacher Tom Green shows you what it can do. You’ll learn how to create animations, add moving elements to a static HTML page, how to create and use symbols and add web fonts to your Animate projects. You’ll also see how Animate integrates with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks and how to use to use the Animate Code panel to add interactivity, looping, and code to your projects. This quick but rich course finisheds up by showing you how to add your Animate compositions to InDesign CS6 projects and even iBooks.

Who this course is for:
  • Web Designers and graphic artists looking to add web motion and interactivity to their projects.
Course content
Expand all 56 lectures 04:29:02
+ Getting to Know Edge Animate
4 lectures 21:49

Welcome to Edge Animate, a new motion graphics tool for the Web. In this video you'll learn what you can do with Edge Animate, see some sample projects, and get a good idea of the potential fun you can have.

Preview 05:09

The key to a successful Animate composition is an understanding of the workflow. In this video we will walk through the process of creating a composition so you know the basic steps involved.

Preview 06:26

There is a lot more to creating an Edge Animate composition than simply moving things from here to there. This lesson will walk you through the process of creating a composition that involves motion, tweening, and the use of eases.

Create a simple animation

In this anatomy lesson we'll move out of the interface and look at the files that are created when you save an Animate project. It is obvious that Edge lives in an HTML5 universe, but it is also a compilation of JavaScript, JQuery, CSS3, JSON, and HTML. In this video we'll look at where these files are located and what they do.

Anatomy of an Animate Composition
+ The Edge Animate Interface
8 lectures 38:02

When you launch Animate, the first screen you will see is the Start screen. You can access many features of the application through this screen, as you'll see in this video.

The Start menu

Animate, like many Adobe products, uses a panel layout for its interface. In this video we will tour the panels and discuss how to customize your workspace.

The Animate Panels

In this video we'll walk through the menus in Animate with an emphasis on how they can boost your productivity.

Using the Animate Menus

Master the Animate timeline and you master Animate. In this lesson we'll dive deep into the Animate timeline, paying particular attention to transition strips, keyframes, managing the timeline, and adding eases. You'll also learn how to change the timeline units from milliseconds to a more manageable increment.

Using the Animate Timeline

Everything that happens on the Animate timeline is a direct result of changing the properties of a selection. In this lesson you will learn how to move, scale, distort, rotate, and manipulate of other properties of a selection. We'll also look at the Properties panel, which is extremely useful for working with properties.

The Animate Properties Panel

One of the great features of CSS3 is the ability to manipulate elements on a web page. In this lesson you will learn how Animate allows you to visually manipulate elements. You will also discover the intimate relationship between the Timeline and Elements panels.

The Animate Elements Panel

Though Animate contains what at first glance appears to be a rudimentary set of tools, upon closer inspection you will discover that this isn't really the case. In this lesson you will see how to create shapes and add text, strokes, and fill colors to objects drawn on the Stage.

Using the Animate Tools

One of the more unique features of Animate is the collection of in-app lessons that is installed with the application. In this video you will learn how open the lessons, walk through a particular lesson, and then apply what you have learned to your composition – all without ever leaving Animate.

Using the "In App" Lessons panel
+ Animation Basics in Edge Animate
7 lectures 23:56

Keyframes in Animate define how objects move or change over time. In this video we'll look at keyframes: how to add them, the relationship between the playhead and keyframes, and how to use the Properties panel to create rather drastic changes to selected objects.

Adding keyframes

Animate is a time-based application. This means that the Animate playhead controls how things change in a composition. In this video you will learn how to control the playhead, use it to set the start and end points of motion, and work with the timeline controls that manage the playhead.

Using the Animate Playhead

One of the most unique motion graphics tools in the entire Adobe product line up is the Pin, which is found only in Animate. In this lesson you will learn how to use this invaluable tool to create motion or property changes on the Animate timeline.

"Pinning" in Animate

In the real world, things don't move at a constant speed or stop and start abruptly. In this video you will learn how to use easing to add a degree of reality to objects in motion. You will see how to apply one of the many easing effects in the Easing panel, the difference between ease in and ease out, and how to apply or change an ease to an object's motion.

Adding easing to motion

Hiding or revealing an object on the Stage uses the clipping property of the CSS standard. In this video you will learn how the Clip area of the Properties panel can be used to hide or reveal an element's contents.

"Clipping" elements on the Animate stage

Motion or property changes on the timeline are shown through the use of a transitions strip. In this lesson you will see how to move a transition on the timeline, how to decrease or increase a transition's duration, and how to apply the properties in one transition to other elements on the timeline.

Managing Animate Transitions

n this lesson you will learn not only how to test a composition or effect on the timeline but how to also test the composition in a browser.

Testing your Animate composition
+ Advanced animation in Edge Animate
5 lectures 28:14

In this lesson you will discover the power of parent/child relationships between elements in the Elements panel. You will learn how to make one element the parent of two others (nesting) and have the properties of the parent apply to the children. You will also see how to apply changes that are independent of the parent to the child objects.


In Edge Animate, symbols enable you to create reusable animations that have their own independent timelines. In this lesson you will learn how to create a symbol, add a symbol to the Animate timeline, and edit a symbol in place. We will then take that one symbol, turn it into a starfield, and manipulate the timing of each star to create twinkling stars in the night sky.

Reusing content with symbols

Many video applications (and Flash) allow you to output content as a sequence of PNG images. In this lesson you will learn how to bring that sequence into Animate and use the Display property in the Properties panel to create a "flipbook" animation.

Animate a PNG Sequence

Using CSS sprite sheets for animation in a browser has become quite common in the web design community. In this lesson you will see how to export a Flash symbol containing an animated walk sequence as a sprite sheet that can be used in Edge Animate.

Create sprite sheet animations

In this lesson you will learn how to put text in motion and how to manipulate text properties in exactly the same way you would manipulate the properties of any other content in Animate.

Put text in motion
+ Create Edge Animate Content
5 lectures 21:53

Photoshop is the imaging tool of choice for many web motion graphics pros. In this lesson you will learn how to use Photoshop prepare a multilayer PSD image with transparency for import into Edge Animate.


Line art created for Animate must be a scalable vector graphic (SVG) and the best application for creating SVG files is Illustrator. In this lesson you will learn how to use Illustrator to create a fast-loading SVG graphic for Animate.


Adobe Fireworks is a screen-based graphics application that is ideally suited for creating the optimized JPG and PNG images used by Animate. In this lesson you will learn how a multilayer Fireworks document with transparency can be output to a series of PNG images with what seems to be nothing more than a click of the mouse.


Contrary to popular belief, Flash is alive and doing quite well, thank you. In this lesson you will see that there are a variety of ways of outputting Flash timeline animations in formats that can easily be used by Animate.


It is rather fascinating that Animate, in an industry that has embraced the modern browser, uses a preloader technology that is a throwback to the early days of the Web: the lowly animated GIF. In this lesson you will learn how to create a GIF file, import it into Animate, and then use that file as a preloader in an Animate composition.

GIF Animations
+ Typography and Edge Animate
5 lectures 21:24

Text is a primary communications medium and in this lesson we'll look at the various ways it can be added to an Edge Animate composition. You will learn how to manually enter text, bring in blocks of text, manipulate text blocks to achieve optimum line length, and even create multiple columns of text.

Using type

Once text is on the Animate Stage, formatting becomes critical. In this lesson you will learn how to choose a font, change the font color, and use all of the features of the Text area of the Properties panel.

Formatting Text

Animate not only uses the fonts from the list in the Text area of the Properties panel, but also can use and display the web fonts available from Google. In this lesson you will learn how to choose a Google web font, add that font to Animate, and format text with it.

Adding Google Web Fonts

One of the great advantages of modern browsers is that they let designers move away from the standard web fonts and actually use custom fonts. In this video you will learn how to choose a font from TypeKit, Adobe's web font service, and how to add that font to your Animate composition.

Using Typekit fonts

When Adobe introduced the Edge Tools and Services, one of the major selling points was the inclusion of the web fonts service. In this video you will learn how to incorporate a font from this service into your Animate composition.

Adding Edge Webfonts
+ Adding Interactivity to Edge Animate Compositions
7 lectures 36:51

In this lesson we'll look at the various ways of adding or editing code in Edge Animate, including the Code window, where the entire document object model can be edited.

Scripting in Edge Animate

The absolute basics of interactivity can be summed up in the phrase "action, reaction." In this lesson we'll explore this concept by attaching an event to a button and using the Script panel to decide what happens on the Stage when the user does something.

Using the Script Panel in Edge Animate

One of the more interesting code features in Edge Animate is the Snippets library. A snippet, as you will learn in this lesson, is a small piece of JavaScript code that can be added to the Code panel with nothing more than a mouse click.

Adding Code Snippets

Interactivity is driven by code, and Animate makes the coding process accessible for all skill levels. In this lesson you will see how to create interactive buttons, how triggers and labels work together, and how to use the JavaScript snippets included in Animate. You'll also learn how to add multiple snippets to an element and how to edit a snippet

Adding Interactivity

In this lesson you will learn how to create timeline navigation by adding labels, triggers, and actions to your composition.

Navigating through Animate compositions
Navigating Animate Symbols

Symbols not only provide a powerful productivity boost, they can also be shared and reused in a variety of Animate projects. In this tutorial, inspired by Animate guru Simon Widjaja, you will learn how to create a generic, reusable button component and to write the code that changes the text in that symbol to reflect the symbol's purpose.

Reusing Symbols
+ Animate and the Web
7 lectures 28:28

Animate doesn't just create its own standalone motion graphics; it can also open an existing static HTML page and then put elements on that page into motion, as you'll see in this lesson.

Animate and HTML

One of the nifty features of Edge Animate is that it recognizes that not all users have a modern browser. In this lesson you will learn how to accommodate users of older browsers by taking a screenshot of the page and then creating a "down-level stage" that will appear if, for example, an Internet Explorer 7 user opens a page containing an Animate composition.

Create a Downlevel Stage

It is a fact of internet life that we have no control over a user's bandwidth and, as such, it could take a few seconds for an Animate composition to load into the browser. In this lesson you will learn how to deal with this by adding a preloader to your Animate composition, whether it's one that comes packaged with Animate or one you have created.

Add a preloader to an Animate Composition

The endgame of the Animate process is outputting the composition. In this lesson you'll learn how to choose appropriate publish settings for use on the Web, in an Animate Deployment Package, or in an iBook.

The Publishing Options

Dreamweaver offers a very simple method of adding your Animate composition to a Dreamweaver document. In this lesson you will learn how to do just that and also what exactly gets added to the Dreamweaver document.

Add Animate content to Dreamweaver

Animate composition can appear on anything from a smartphone or tablet to desktop monitor. In this lesson we will use the responsive web design features of Animate to make a project adjust to the width of the user's viewport.

Create a Responsive Web Design with Animate

Adding the Animate runtime to a document is a copy-and-paste process. In this lesson we will add the runtime to an HTML document and then place the Animate composition into an iframe added to a page element.

Use iFrames with Animate
+ Add a little "Wow" to Animate
5 lectures 28:51

this lesson you will see how to add interactive content from Google Maps to your Animate composition. You will discover that there is a lot more to this technique than simply copying and pasting the Google embed code into Animate.

Add Google Maps
Add YouTube content

Symbols can do a lot more than just provide an independent timeline. In this lesson you will learn how one symbol can be reused many times, how to control symbol playback on the main timeline, and how to create one symbol from many symbols.

Managing Multiple Symbol Instances

When you need a preloader, you can just choose one of those included with Edge Animate, or you can add your own. In this lesson you will learn how to create a countdown timer in Flash CS6, output a Flash symbol as an animated GIF file, and use one of the Common Library items in Fireworks CS6 as an Animate preloader.

Create a custom preloader

Though Animate is not usually considered a drawing tool, it can create some interesting visual effects. In this lesson you will learn how to create a variety of pillow buttons (buttons with gradients that mimic 3D) using the stroke and fill features of a rounded rectangle and the shadow features of the Properties panel.

Create a custom pillow button
+ What's new in Edge Animate CC
3 lectures 19:34
Animate CC overview
Motion Paths
Add Animate content to Adobe Muse