Word Bubble in Flash
● Dialogue is important for your story. The characters' thoughts & words must be visible against the background and be easily readable.
● Word bubbles are great for this ~
✓ Manipulate Vector Shapes ✓ Gradient Picker ✓ Filters
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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: Set Your Colors ~
✗ Your text should stand out against the background.
✗ Open Colors by hitting Shift+F9 and set your Stroke and Fill colors accordingly.
✗ Black and White is usually best …
Step #3: Create the Shape ~
✗ Get the Oval Tool which is behind the Rectangle Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (o) …
✗ … and create an Oval shape.
Step #4: Create the Shape ~
✗ Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …
✗ … hover over the line and wait till you see the U shape under the cursor.
✗ Then hold the Alt/Option key down click and drag.
Step #5: Make the Shape into a Movie Clip ~
✗ Get the Selection Tool again and Double-click on the Shape …
✗ … then hit (F8) (or Right-Click and select: ) and make a Movie Clip.
✗ Be sure to convert the image to a Movie Clip.
✗ Open Filters in the properties menu …
✗ … add Bevel & Drop Shadow …
✗ … add any other Filters that look good too.
Step #6: Text ~
✗ Add a new layer and call it Text.
✗ Type your character's dialogue.
✗ Add Drop Shadow to the Text.
✗ This technique works with Rectangular boxes too!
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.