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. ~
✓ 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.
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 your other layers.
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 …
✗ … 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).
✗ 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:
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:
Step #7: Text Tool ~
✗ Always create a new layer each time you ad something to your work:
✗ Select the Text Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (t) …
✗ 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.
✗ 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.
✗ Try Drop shadow first and any others 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.