Rotating Shadows in Flash
● In this tutorial you will be making text whose shadow appears to move in a circle.
● This tutorial is an introduction to Filters and Movie Clips.
✓ Filters in Flash✓ Movie Clips✓ Text in Flash
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Step #1: Open your Project in Flash ~
✗ Click on some text you already have …
✗ … or get the Text Tool and type the text you need.
Step #2: Embed the Font ~
✗ When you have everything looking the way you want it, hit Embed …
✗ … and select All:
Step #3: Convert to Movie Clip ~
✗ With the text selected, hit F8 (or Right-Click and select: ) and make a Movie Clip.
Step #4: Double-Click the Movie Clip ~
✗ Double-Click on the Movie Clip - now you are working INSIDE the Movie Clip.
Now you are working INSIDE the Movie Clip.
✗ Remember: A Movie Clip is a movie WITHIN a movie.
Step #5: Insert a Keyframe ~
✗ Then, Right-Click on approximately Frame 100 & select Insert Keyframe:
Step #6: Click on Frame 1 ~
✗ Now go back to Frame 1 and click on it.
Step #7: Filters ~
✗ Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …
✗ … and select the text with the Selection Tool .
✗ Now find Filters by going to: Window > Properties …
✗ … and apply Drop Shadow to the text.
Step #8: Adjust the Drop Shadow Filter ~
✗ Change the angle of the Drop Shadow filter to 0 …
✗ Change the distance of the Drop Shadow to approximately 9px …
✗ Lastly, change the quality to High.
Step #9: 100th Frame ~
✗ Now, go back out to the last frame - Frame 100 - and click on it.
✗ Click on the text again with the Selection Tool , add Drop Shadow again, and this time - change the angle to 360 degrees, with the same distance and everything.
Step #10: Classic Tween ~
✗ Laslty, Right-Click somewhere in between the keyframes again & select Create Classic Tween.
✗ If you see a blue line - you know it worked.
Step #11: Go Back to Scene 1 ~
✗ In the upper left hand corner of the Flash interface, go back to scene 1 by clicking it …
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.
Other Resources: http://www.freeflash.co.in/flashtext/8-shadowrotation.html