Summary:

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 ~


Learn About:

Manipulate Vector Shapes Gradient Picker Filters

  •   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) …

… 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.

highly visible

Open Colors by hitting Shift+F9 and set your Stroke and Fill colors accordingly.

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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.

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Step #4: Create the Shape ~

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

selection tool

… hover over the line and wait till you see the U shape under the cursor.


Then hold the Alt/Option key downalt key click and drag.

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Step #5: Make the Shape into a Movie Clip ~

Get the Selection Tool again and Double-click on the Shape

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… then hit (F8) f8(or Right-Click and select: ) and make a Movie Clip.

Be sure to convert the image to a Movie Clip.

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Open Filters in the properties menu …

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… add Bevel & Drop Shadow

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… add any other Filters that look good too.



Step #6: Text ~

Add a new layer and call it Text.

layer new

Type your character's dialogue.

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Add Drop Shadow to the Text.

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This technique works with Rectangular boxes too!

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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]

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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.