Handwriting in Flash
● The Illusion of the Handwriting Effect can be easily achieved by using Frame by Frame Animation.
✓ Frame by Frame Animation ✓ Movie Clips ✓ Break Apart
• This tutorial is part of the Aesop's Fables Project.
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) …
✗ … add a New Layer and name it.
✗ Lock all the layers you're not using.
Step #2: Movie Clips and Filters ~
✗ Draw a box and type something you can use in your project.
Step #2: Choose your Font
✗ Scrolling through the fonts is easy with the Down Arrow key …
✗ … set the color and size here too.
Step #3: Movie Clip ~
✗ Click on the text with the Selection Tool …
✗ … hit (or Right-Click and select: ) and make a Movie Clip.
Step #4: Open the Movie Clip ~
✗ Double-Click on the text with the Selection Tool.
Now you are working INSIDE the Movie Clip.
✗ Remember: A Movie Clip is a movie WITHIN a movie.
Step #5: Break Apart ~
✗ Hit the keyboard shortcut Cmd (⌘) +B 3 times!
✗ It's broken apart fully when it's covered with dots …
Step #6: Insert a New Keyframe ~
✗ Hit (or Right-Click and select: ) to make a new keyframe.
✗ Notice you now have two keyframes …
Step #7: Start Erasing ~
✗ Select the Eraser Tool
✗ Erase the end of the last letter.
✗ Now hit (or Right-Click and select: ) to make another keyframe - and erase a little bit more …
✗ Hit again and again, erasing more each time.
✗ Hit F6 twice between the letters to add an extra space.
Step #8: Reverse the Frames ~
✗ Click the layer to selects all the frames …
✗ Then, go to: Modify > Timeline > Reverse Frames or right-click the frames and hit Reverse Frames.
Step #9: Add some more time ~
✗ Go out about 15 frames PAST your last frame and hit again to insert a keyframe.
Step #10: Go back to the main Scene ~
✗ Go back to Scene 1:
Last Step: Save and Export your work ~
✗ Then go to: File > Export > Export Movie
✗ Export it as an .swf file
✗ Attach both your .fla and .swf files …