Shape Tween your Text in Flash
● Shape Tweens are one of the most interesting effects you can accomplish with Flash.
● Shape Tweens can be very effective in communicating a story or concept, especially if used to convey transformation or motion.
● They work with text, images and vector drawings.
✓ Classic Tweens✓ Shape Tweens✓ Filters✓ Movie Clips
• Some understanding of tweening is helpful. ~
Other People's Work:
Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open a Your Project in Flash ~
✗ Insert a New Layer, select the Text Tool.
✗ Type something you can use in your project.
Step #2: Create a Movie Clip out of your Text ~
✗ Click on the text with the Selection Tool
✗ Hit (or Right-Click and select: ) and make a Movie Clip.
Step #3: 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 #4: Insert Keyframes ~
✗ Right-Click on Frame 15 approximately …
✗ Select Insert Keyframe or hit (F6)
Step #5: Break Apart - #1 ~
✗ Go back to Frame 1 and click.
✗ Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+B 3 times!
✗ It's broken apart when it's covered with dots …
Step #6: Change the Text ~
✗ Then click on the Last Frame, in this case Frame 15.
✗ Select the Text Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (t) …
✗ Retype your text …
Step #7: Break Apart AGAIN ~
✗ Right-click on the NEW text and hit Break Apart or Cmd(⌘)+B.
DO THIS TWICE! That's right, hit Break Apart twice.
Step #8: Shape Tween ~
✗ Click somewhere in between the keyframes
✗ Right-Click and select Create Shape Tween
✗ Notice the little green arrow appears between the two frames - that's called a Shape Tween.
Step #9: Copy Frame 1 and paste it ~
✗ Now go back to Frame 1, right-click it and Copy Frames
✗ Then paste it twice the distance out, in this case Frame 30.
✗ Lastly, make another Shape Tween
Step #10: Filters ~
✗ Go back to Scene 1
✗ Go to: Window > Properties > Filters & add Drop Shadow - Bevel and any thing else that looks good to you …
✗ Add Bevel too …
✗ Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Enter to view your work!
Last Step: Save and View your work ~
✗ 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.