## Dynamic 3d space | Floating Sketches Tutorial

I’ve had quite a few questions about how to make depth in flash. Earlier (like, 2 years ago) I put up an experiment file to give some interactive depth to some sketchbook sketches, see Floating Sketches. I’ve finally gotten around to translating that into as3. It’s still the same basic idea, Create layers of levels, and have each one respond to the mouse a little differently. The ‘closer’ depths will move faster while the farther away depths will be slower. A simple technique called Parallax.

1. Seperate the scene into layers
2. Place the layers in the correct depth
3. Make closer layers react fast and farther layers slower

## Example

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## Actionscript

[cc lang=”actionscript”]
//define number of layer.
var numLayers:uint = 15;
//number of items in a layer
var numBallsPerLayer:uint = 100;
var defaultBallSize:uint = 25;

var stageWidth3d:uint = 800;
var stageHeight3d:uint = 800;

var layers:Array = new Array();
//init
makeMatrix();
//3d created by layers and placing objects on each layer – the layer has it’s own distance, simulated by movement and alpha

function makeMatrix():void {
//walk through desired number of layers
for (var layerNum:uint=0; layerNumSource

depth.fla

## Imagine Everything

A ransom note style collage, quoting the Pearl Jam song Bee Girl, “Everything you imagine needn’t be stuck in your mind.” Made in photoshop as a typography exercise.

## Floating Sketches

Floating Sketches, a simple experiment to study depth and interactivity.

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