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Summary:

Star Shapes in Flash

    ●  Stars are some of the basic shapes you must learn to create in all the programs we use.


Learn About:

PolyStar Tool Filters Text Drop Shadow

  •   This tutorial is part of the Aesop's Fables and Drag and Drop Projects.

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

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Step #1: Open YOUR PROJECT in Flash ~

Open YOUR PROJECT in Flash

 

 

… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

… make a new layer & name it Star.


Step #2: Select the Polystar Tool ~

Select the Polystar Tool usually located under the Rectangle Tool.


Step #3: Stroke Color ~

Go to: Window > Color or hit the keyboard shortcut letters: Cmd(⌘)+Shift(⇧)+F9

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… click on stroke …

… and set the stroke color to none = null.


Step #4: Fill Style ~

Click on Fill Color

… and select Radial as the Fill Style.


Step #5: Fill Style ~

Double-Click on " " at the end of the color spectrum and select the color you want.

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Step #6: The Other Side ~

Then do the right side of the gradient too.

The idea is to lower the Value of one side so it's a darker color, like this:

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Step #7: Open Properties ~

With the Polystar Tool still selected, click on Options in Properties …

… select Star from the Style drop down.

Change the number of sides and the star point size.

star sides

 

You DO NOT have to use these settings!

Do your own THinG!

Try different stuff!

Change the Number of Sides and the Star point size to whatever you like …


Step #8: Drag a Star Shape ~

Drag your star on the stage.

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Step #9: Add Text ~

Add another new Text layer

text on top

… select the Text Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (t) …

… and type something you can use in your project:

If you're working on a the Drag and Drop Project, type Reset.

If you're working on your Aesops' Fables Project, type Click to Play or something like that.

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Whatever you're working on type something you can use in your work!


Step #10: Free Transform the Text ~

Then select the Free Transform Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (Q) …

… and adjust the text.

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Step #11: Add Filters ~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …

… and select the text with the Selection Tool .

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With the text selected, now go to Filters

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… add Drop Shadow and any filters you want.

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Experiment with all the settings you see here. Try different things - take a risk!


Last Step: Save and View your work ~

View your work by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Enter cmd enter

Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.fla]

… and if you want to make the star rotate, try this - Star Rotating in Flash - Intro to Movie Clips by clicking here …

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•   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME


  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.