30 Hand-picked Flash and Essential Actionscript 3.0 Tutorials

April 27th, 2009

Using Flash properly, allows you to create stunning visual experience and offer your visitors amazing user interaction. Flash’s strength lies in its ability to showcase unusual visual solutions, including graphic motion, videos and sound. Make use of them if you really want to achieve a stunning visual design

This article provides 30 Impressive Flash and Actionscript 3.0 tutorials which can enrich your design skills and may serve as an inspiration for your Flash-projects.

Create an Impressive Magnifying Effect with ActionScript 3.0

In this tutorial we’ll learn how to create a magnifying glass effect, demonstrating use of the displacementMapFilter. The effect can be achieved in a relatively short space of time and with very little code.

Creating Gradients in Flash

Creating gradients is an important skill to have when designing in Flash.

Controlling the Timeline with ActionScript 3

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to control buttons using ActionScript 3 while creating a guide for selecting perennials.

3D Menu on a Cube with Perspective

In this tutorial, they provide several custom classes which make building 3D menus like the cube menu below easy.

Create a Dynamic Slideshow with ActionScript 3.0 and XML

In this screencast we will learn how to create a dynamic slideshow using ActionScript 3.0 and how to grab the images from an xml file.

Create a 3D Sliding Puzzle Game in Flex with ActionScript 3.0 and Away3D

In this tutorial you are going to build up a simple sliding puzzle. Puzzle images are dynamically loaded and sliced so you can easily use your own images if you like.

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Expanding the Flash AS3 Videoplayer

In this tutorial you will learn how to add the following features: Playlist support, Fullscreen support, Save volume, Clickable progress/volume bar.

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Infinite Gallery / Menu

In this Flash and ActionScript 3 tutorial you will learn how to create an infinite gallery. This will also work perfectly for menus and so on.

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Create an iPhone-like Flip Effect in Flash Using ActionScript 3.0

In this tutorial, we’ll recreate the Flip Effect used in the iPhone’s UI using Flash CS4 and ActionScript 3.0.

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Using the Timer Class to animate rotation

The timer class is quite a powerful class in Actionscript, in this article you will see a very simple implementation of a Timer. We will create a simple shape, and we’ll use the Timer class to make it rotate.

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Flash Mouse Trailer with Stars

This Flash and ActionScript 3 tutorial shows you how to create a cool mouse trail effect with stars.

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Customizing Flash Context Menu Using AS3

This tutorial will teach you how to customize the context menu by removing the default items and adding your own items instead.

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Create a poll and chart component in Flash CS3

Collect your website visitors’ views and opinions via a Flash poll, and display the results on a Flash bar chart

Trendy Custom Cursor Using the Action Script 3

This lesson, explained in extreme detail, will teach you how to create trendy custom cursor using a little action script code. You can use this lesson, when you like to hide a standard cursor and use a custom cursor.

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Implement the basic Flash CS3 drag-and-drop technique

Add that little bit of extra dynamism to your website by introducing drag-and-drop to the user experience.

Modern Preloader with ActionScript 3

How to create a modern preloader with ActionScript 3. It is really easy to change the look of the preloader to fit for your needs.

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AS3 Guide Colour Tints

How to create a modern preloader with ActionScript 3. It is really easy to change the look of the preloader to fit for your needs.

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Rotation Movie text presentation

Using this thoroughly explained, detailed lesson, you will see how to create very attractive movie text effect.

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Vertical 3D Carousel with ActionScript 3

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a vertical 3D carousel with the help of ActionScript 3. We will determine the rotation speed according to mouse movement.

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Cool particle effects in Flash

Creating a particle system in Flash may sound difficult, but as Seb Lee-Delisle shows you, it’s not rocket science

Flash CS3 Particle Effect Tutorial

Another tutorial to show you how create an effect with random particles flying out from the center of the stage in random directions, with random sizes and opacities.

Check out the demo

Basics of Papervision3D

This tutorial goes over the basics how to use the Papervision3D library.

Design a Flash-based videogame

Luke Feldman reveals how to create an exciting Flash-based computer game that will bring your audience back time and time again.

Mp3 player with volume slider using Actionscript 3

Learn how to create a mp3 player with a volume slider.

Creating a 3D Tunnel Effect in Flash

This tutorial will teach you how to create this very cool 3D tunnel effect in Flash using some simple 2D animation techniques.

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AS3 Guide Drawing Curves

Drawing curves in ActionScript 3.0 is simple using the curveTo().

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Circle Collisions

Building flash video player

ColorPicker Component in Flash CS3

In this simple Flash movie, the user can draw with the mouse on a board. The user can choose the color and the thickness of the stroke. For choosing color, we use the new ActionScript 3 component, ColorPicker.

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Making lip-syncing simple

Learn how to speak easy by going through the simple steps of lip-syncing using Flash CS3 with animator.

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66 comments for „30 Hand-picked Flash and Essential Actionscript 3.0 Tutorials
  1. James on April 27th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Oh man, this is an amazing collection of tutorials!! Nice! Thanks for this…

  2. Carlos Pinho on April 27th, 2009 at 2:05 pm


    Thank you very much for feature our content on your awesome flash web roundup.
    It’s great to know that people like our articles, and want to learn more and better.

    Stay tuned, as we are publishing more tuts on regular basis.

    • Noupe on April 27th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks for posting such great content, happy to have your tuts on this post :)

  3. Christopher Ross @ Web Design on April 27th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Very cool, I really like the magnifying glass effect.

  4. Sklep Zoologiczny on April 27th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Awesome article.

  5. free psd templates on April 27th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    by chance i am also working on flash game development tutorials…soon i will post them in news here

  6. b00m on April 27th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Cool hand-picked Flash tuts…
    Tnx for this.

    • Ravi on October 30th, 2011 at 11:36 am

      Thanks a lot for the amazing effects tutorial.

  7. Jamie Allsop on April 28th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    This is a nice collection of tutorials you have here. I have been looking for new ideas for preloaders and this Modern Preloader with ActionScript 3 looks good so I am going to give it ago. Thanks for sharing this collection of tutorials.

  8. Patternhead on April 28th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Some excellent tuts here, thanks for sharing

  9. Richard S Davies on April 28th, 2009 at 2:00 am

    Brilliant! Thanks

  10. Rajnish Gupta on April 28th, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Hey.. Thanks a lot. This could help me lot in future to create stunning website in flash. Keep me updated..

  11. Boxless Thought on April 28th, 2009 at 7:56 am

    thanks been needing a lot of these for my flash web site

  12. Fabryz on April 28th, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Nice collection, thanks for the post.

    Check the list, you’ve added the “Flash CS3 Particle Effect Tutorial” two times ;)

  13. Rick on April 28th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    The best examples! Thanks!

  14. Gene on April 29th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Great list. I’m getting back into flash design. I will definitely bookmark this and use it to improve my skills. :)

  15. Mike on April 30th, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Super Terrific Happy post!

  16. brittany on April 30th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    this is soooo stupid!

  17. Franky on May 3rd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Hmmmmm. Some of these are alrighty!
    Others, not so alrighty!

  18. Some Points on May 9th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I was looking Circle collision tutorial, thank you very much for compiling such a wonderful tutorial list…its really saved my time

  19. Module23 on May 25th, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Great sliding puzzle! Thanks for sharing!

  20. ilike2flash on June 2nd, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Great list, thanks.

  21. Shaishav on June 8th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Gr8 Tutorials Thnks…

  22. Saket on June 19th, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Great Post!!!
    can you post an article about how to make rotating 3d globe in flash cs4?

  23. sharin_sg on October 19th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    This is awesome! Thanks

  24. Porter on October 21st, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    That’s a nice list of tutorials. I particularly like the particle effect ones, those are awesome.

  25. weirdnerd on October 21st, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    This is a huge help. Thanks!

  26. arunpheo on November 5th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Tnks man for ur great collection

  27. DB-Elements on November 28th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Amazing and very helpful references. Thanks for posting!

  28. Samay on December 19th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    This is amazing. How do you benefit by offering all this cool stuff for free?? If my question is going to change your mindset, what you could do is charge a nominal fees but please dont become a complete capitalist.

    Thanks a ton.

  29. Sherif on January 10th, 2010 at 1:18 am

    most of the links don’t work… :( :( :(

  30. Richard on February 3rd, 2010 at 8:15 am

    The thicker lines dividing each tutorial makes it look like the heading belongs to the tutorial image above… slightly confusing when scrolling through.

  31. Future Webs on February 14th, 2010 at 5:23 am

    These are all very important tutorials you need to know in Flash, There are a few which have been very useful, Thanks

  32. Manmeet singh on March 8th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    nice! Tutorials .
    I am also developing tutorials in AS 3.0 ,all these are of great help


  33. New Flash Games on April 12th, 2010 at 2:18 am

    This is a very nice collection. Good job

  34. Tetris on April 12th, 2010 at 2:19 am

    awesome.exactly what I was looking for

  35. Bob Fish on April 13th, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Check your links, loads are BROKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. RoN on May 8th, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I am a Web Designer and I will be incorporating some of these techniques into my work. Flash Rocks!!

  37. n3ds games on July 2nd, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Your article is really great.

  38. mhamad on July 21st, 2010 at 12:56 am

    hi please if anyone can help me how to edit the sliding puzzle game.thanks

  39. lykhantros on August 1st, 2010 at 8:29 am

    chevere vbuena collecttion de efects as3
    peru – arequipa

  40. Tommie Maines on October 10th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Some interesting information on here. Slightly off topic but I am so excited !. I saw Cats The Musical for the first time and the music along with the dancing is incredible. It is an emotional journey that all the audience gets involved with !. ‘Cats’ will make you laugh and smile and touch certain places inside your heart. Everyone left the theater singing, pleased and uplifted. If you get a chance to go and see ‘Cats’ I really recommend it.

  41. Free flash game on December 7th, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Great articles. I just bookmarked it.

  42. ZREN on January 15th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I found a Customizing Flash Context Menu Using AS3 at http://www.as3tutorial.com, it’s easy to new beginners.

  43. Naresh kumar on January 27th, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Nice collection. thanks

  44. Clayton Bishop on February 1st, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Yea I got some XML Tutorials on my web site actionscript project .com. This is a great site.

  45. vinay on February 26th, 2011 at 3:34 pm


    I am so exited to see this tutorials thanks for the tutorials

  46. Yingying on March 27th, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Amazing tutorials!! Thanks so much for collecting them, they’re so helpful!!

  47. raphael on April 15th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks…i know the tutorials will be of great help!!!.

  48. Kuljeet on May 3rd, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Gr8 Resource man….love this….u are already in my favourites :)

  49. michael stephan on June 23rd, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    wow this is fantastic! I have been looking everywhere for the star trail effect with your cursor. thanks heaps!

  50. Prathamesh on July 2nd, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Great post! Many thanks.

  51. wyatt on July 22nd, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Awesome collection of tutorials!

  52. halfmad260 on July 24th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for give this list.It is very helpful for seo work
    thanks again & Cary on…………

  53. Ben Reynolds on September 1st, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Great flash tutorials! Thanks for the collection!

  54. Mythri on September 6th, 2011 at 3:56 am


    Thanks a lot for the amazing effects tutorial.
    But i wanted the image rotation , which is here but the link is not opening.
    “Using the Timer Class to animate rotation” – demo not opening. Please provide me the link. i really need this.


  55. Ben on October 21st, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Ow a very cool website

    I need your help,
    I am a student in the college of education
    I have an assignment, like creating a simple science module using flash cs5.5
    and i have a serious problem coz I’m a very beginner in flash

    My module like this
    In the main time line I have only 2 frames
    the first frame contain McContent, a nested movie clip that contains the content of the teaching and
    in the second frame i placed McQuiz, a nested movie clip that contains questions related to the content in the McContent.
    The Mc Content contains 7 frames and the McQuiz contains 5 frames.

    My problem is I want to have a review button (or movie clip) that will only appear in the last frame of the Mc Quiz and i want that button to take the student to jump from the 5th frame of Mc Quiz to the 2nd second frame of Mc Content. Could you please help me with the action script for that button.

    Thank you so much. I hope I articulate the problem clearly.
    I am an International student so my English is not good. Sorry :(
    I really appreciate your help.

    Regards Ben.

  56. Crag on October 27th, 2011 at 2:59 am

    huh… i found new as3 IDE

  57. opa on December 18th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I’m new in flash n I’ve looked everywhere to find some flash tutorial.
    And this tut of yours is amazing,this is very inspiring,thanks.. keep on inspiring people.

  58. mr.DJ on January 1st, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    So cool, fantastic!
    these are what I need, for supporting my web, I can learn more about AS3 from these samples. thanks a a lot.

  59. Meh on January 13th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    The Design a Flash-based videogame link is broken!!
    Please, I need it!!

  60. indore on July 5th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    so cool

  61. Joe on November 27th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I’m new in flash n I’ve looked everywhere to find some flash tutorial.
    And this tut of yours is amazing,this is very inspiring,thanks.. keep on motivated people. Thanks are blog side.

  62. Tahir Alvi on December 17th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Nice examples

  63. Rain on January 17th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Thank you very much :)
    It works !

  64. Rakesh,Bangalore,India on June 30th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    OH Man! what a beautiful website with beautiful tutorials.
    i have searched many tutorials but i have got none like this…. especially i like that color picker component and i tried it , it worked , THANKS from the very bottom of my heart.