Star Shapes in Flash
● Stars are some of the basic shapes you must learn to create in all the programs we use.
✓ PolyStar Tool ✓ Filters ✓ Text ✓ Drop Shadow
Other People's Work:
Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
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 …
✗ … click on stroke …
✗ … and set the stroke color to none = .
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.
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:
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.
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.
Step #9: Add Text ~
✗ Add another new Text layer …
✗ … 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.
✓ 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.
Step #11: Add Filters ~
✗ Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …
✗ … and select the text with the Selection Tool .
✗ With the text selected, now go to Filters …
✗ … add Drop Shadow and any filters you want.
✗ 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
✗ 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 …
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• 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.