Text Boxes in Flash
● Text and Font are very important for your story. Words must stand-out against the background and be easily readable.
✓ Rectangle Properties✓ Filters ✓ Symbols ✓ Text Tool
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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) …
✗ … add a New Layer and name it.
✗ Lock all the layers you're not using.
Step #2: Rectangle Radius ~
✗ Select the Rectangle Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (r) …
✗ … under Rectangle Options, set the corner radius - 15 is average but set it to whatever dimension you want.
Step #3: Color ~
✗ Open Fill and Stroke and set the Stroke Color to none …
✗ … and draw a box.
✗ It doesn't have to be Yellow! Choose your own colors based on the color scheme of your project.
Step #4: Convert your Shape to a Movie Clip~
✗ Using the Selection Tool (v) again …
✗ DOUBLE-click on the box:
✗ Double-Clicking selects both the inner AND outer shapes.
✗ Hit (or Right-Click and select: ) and make a Movie Clip.
✗ Be sure to convert the image to a Movie Clip, not a button or graphic.
Step #5: Filters ~
✗ Go to Filters in the Properties menu …
✗ … and add Bevel to the box and adjust the strength to your liking.
✗ Also add Drop Shadow to the box.
Step #6: Text ~
✗ Insert another New Layer ABOVE the Box layer & call it Text.
✗ Select the Text Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (t) …
✗ … and type your text, instructions, title, anything you need, in the box.
✗ Adjust the color, font & text size in the properties panel:
Note: You don't have to use these settings. Choose your own preferences according to the needs of your project.
Step #7: Embed the Font ~
✗ When you have everything looking the way you want it, hit Embed …
✗ … and select All:
Step #8: Text Filters~
✗ Filters add contrast so your text can be seen clearly against the background.
✗ Try different things, experiment!
✗ As always, Lock your Layers when done:
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]
• 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.