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.
✓ Introduction to Movie Clips ✓ Shape Tween✓ Classic Tweens✓ Filters
• 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.
Step #2: Create a Movie Clip out of your Text ~
✗ Click on the text with the Selection Tool
✗ Hit F8(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 a New Keyframe ~
✗ Right-Click on Frame 15 approximately …
✗ Select Insert Keyframe or hit (F6)
Step #5: Create Classic Tween ~
✗ Right-Click somewhere in between the 2 keyframes and select Create Classic Tween.
✗ Notice the little blue arrow appears between the two frames - that's called a Classic 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
✗ Drag and resize - holding the Shift key down keeps the letters proportional …
Step #7: Free Transform ~ Twist!
✗ You can also twist the letters with others …
✗ Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd+Enter and try it!
Step #8: Make it go Backwards ~
✗ Right-Click on Frame 1 and copy it …
✗ Go out the same distance again from Frame 1 - Right-Click - Paste Frames
✗ Right-Click in between the frames and Create Classic Tween the same way you did before.
Step #9: Drop Shadow Filter ~
✗ Go back to Scene 1
✗ Click on the Text itself.
✗ Open Properties by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F3, open Filters, add a Drop Shadow
✗ Add any other filters you like.
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.