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Re: [flash-135] Flash help request: text, masking, and scalability

From: Martin T.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 10:25 AM

This was done completely in Flash in less than two minutes. Typed the text and saved it as a movie clip symbol (F8) then applied two filters to it:

Blur X: 6
Blur Y: 6
Strength: 170%
Quality: Low
Shadow: #666699
Angle: 45
Distance: 2
Type: Inner

GLOW (for the outline)
Blur X: 5
Blur Y: 5
Strength: 1000%
Quality: Low
Color: Black

Not sure what kind of glow you're looking for but you could probably achieve by adding another glow filter

On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 1:03 AM, Abby <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Everyone!

Does anyone know if there's any software or method to make nice,
crisp-looking text that doesn't get compressed or blurry when imported
into Flash? ?I want text with effects (a glow), which Flash can't
provide. ?I made glowing text in Fireworks and Photoshop, but when I
import it into Flash, the text gets auto-compressed and looks blurry,
especially when the page is scaled up.

Here's my page-in-progress:

The menu text is crisp (made in Flash), while the text at the bottom is blurry, because I made it
in Fireworks in order to get the bevel effect.

A few other questions -- please help!

I'm trying to figure out how to make everything outside the 550 x 400
field (outside the yellow frame) invisible. ?I need to mask the excess
palm fronds. ?My initial attempts at a solution didn't work; I tried
adding a black box over the excess palm fronds, and I tried messing
with the HTML. ?Nothing works, but I'm tired; maybe I'll figure out a
solution tomorrow.

Also, I want the HTML footer at the bottom of the page to scale along
with the embedded Flash display. ?The only solution I can think of
(which I haven't tried) is to make the footer Flash as well. ?Then
I'll need to figure out how to display two Flash things on one HTML
page. ?But is there a better solution?

I'd like my pages to scale for people who view it on different
platforms, such as the iPhone or a large monitor. ?I'm considering
making other pages on the site larger than 550 x 400, as the main menu
is. ?Do you think that's a bad idea?

Thanks for any help, and Happy Halloween.

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