Summary:

Background Gradients in Flash

    ●  Learn to use the Color Palette in Flash by doing this easy tutorial.

    ●  It's not like Photoshop where you can fill the background of your canvas with the Paint Bucket.

    ●  With Vector Graphics, you must create an object and fill it with your gradient. ~


Learn About:

Gradient Tool Filters Linear Color Gradients Text

  •   This tutorial is part of Aesop's Fables Project.

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) …

… make a New Layer, and lock lock your other layers.

new layer


Step #2: Drag Below your Other Layers ~

Drag the New Layer to the bottom of the stack.


Step #3: Linear Gradient ~

Go to: Window > Color or hit: Shift (⇧) + Cmd (⌘) + F9 shift key f9

… click Fill Color

… and select Linear Gradient as the Color type.


Step #4: Linear Gradient ~

Double-Click on the " " at the end of the color spectrum and choose your color (you can change it later).

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Then do the other side:


Step #5: Rectangle Tool ~

Get the Rectangle Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (r) …

… draw a box that fills up your background:

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Step #6: Paint Bucket Tool ~

Now get thePaint Bucket Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (k) …

… and drag it across the screen to change the direction of the fill:

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Step #7: Text Tool ~

Always create a new layer each time you ad something to your work:

new layers

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

text tool

Type in the title of your Fable.


Step #7: Choose a Font ~

In the Properties Panel (Cmd+F3) choose a font that matches your theme.

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Scroll thru the Fonts using the down arrow to find one you like.

 

Step #8: Size and Color ~

Change the size and color too.


Step #9: Embed the Font ~

When you have everything looking the way you want it, hit Embed …

… and select All:


Step #10: Drop Shadow ~

In Properties click on Filters & add some effects to your text.

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Try Drop shadow first and any others 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.