Flash Custom Cursor
How to change the Standard Cursor to a Custom Cursor in Flash
In Flash you can hide the standard cursor (Mouse pointer icon) and create custom cursors. The Mouse object in Flash has a hide method which can be used to hide the normal mouse pointer and then we can define a Movieclip as our custom cursor. In this tutorial you'll learn how to create and use Movieclips as Custom Cursors using simple actionscript.You Are Here ::: Home >> Free Tutorials >> Flash Tutorials >> Custom Cursor
Follow the steps below:
Creating a Custom Cursor
- Create a Movieclip for the custom cursor, say a small circle and name the instance say, 'cust_cursor'. The instance name of a symbol is used to control it using Actionscript commands (Refer to Flash Photo Masking for this example).
- Select the Movieclip instance 'cust_cursor' on the stage and reduce the Alpha value to 40 and write the following Actionscript code for it as given below:
- The 'hide' method of the predefined object 'Mouse' is used to hide the standard cursor. The keyword 'this' is used to reference the Movieclip instance 'cust_cursor'.
- We use the 'startDrag' action of the Movieclip to use the movieclip as a custom cursor.
- The Custom Cursor Movieclip can also be Animated and used as a Mask as shown in the example below.
- Save your work and test the Movie (Ctrl + Enter). That's it you have learnt how to create a movieclip as a custom cursor in Flash.
Fig: Simple Custom Cursor in Flash
Compatible Versions of Flash for this Tutorial
Flash CS5 Professional | Flash CS4 Professional
Note: For uses of lower versions of Flash some visual interface images would differ.
Recommended Version: Adobe Flash CS5 Professional