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Summary:

Stretchy Text Effect using Movie Clips 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. accomplish with Flash.


Learn About:

Introduction to Movie Clips Shape TweenClassic TweensFilters

• This tutorial is normally part of the Aesop's Fables project, but can be done independently. ~

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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: Movie Clips and Filters ~

Select the Text Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (t) …

Type something you can use in your project.

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Step #2: Create a Movie Clip out of your Text ~

Click on the text with the Selection Tool

click text

Hit F8f8(or Right-Click and select: ) and make a Movie Clip.

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Step #3: Open the Movie Clip ~

Double-Click on the text with the Selection Tool.

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Now you are working INSIDE the Movie Clip.
movie within a movie

Remember: A Movie Clip is a movie WITHIN a movie.

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Step #4: Insert a New Keyframe ~

Right-Click on Frame 15 approximately …

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Select Insert Keyframe or hit (F6)


Step #5: Create Classic Tween ~

Right-Click somewhere in between the 2 keyframes and select Create Classic Tween.

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Notice the little blue arrow appears between the two frames - that's called a Classic Motion Tween.

motion tween


Step #6: Free Transform ~ Stretch!

Then select the Free Transform Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (Q) …

Click on the last Frame

last frame

Drag and resize - holding the Shift key down keeps the letters proportional …

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Step #7: Free Transform ~ Twist!

You can also twist the letters with others …

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Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd+Enter cmd enter keysand try it!

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Step #8: Make it go Backwards ~

Right-Click on Frame 1 and copy it …

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Go out the same distance again from Frame 1 - Right-Click - Paste Frames

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Right-Click in between the frames and Create Classic Tween the same way you did before.

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Step #9: Drop Shadow Filter ~

Go back to Scene 1

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Click on the Text itself.

click text

Open Properties by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F3, open Filters, add a Drop Shadow

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Add any other filters you like.

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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.