Adobe Flash has a special serie of options for color effects, named Filters.
These options for Filters effects are: Drop Shadow, Blur, Glow, Bewel, Gradient Glow, Gradient Bewel and Adjust Color
- You can find them in the "Properties panel", in the FILTERS subpanel (see the image below).
This subpanel appears only for objects that can apply Filters effects: Text, Button Symbol and Movie Clip.
- For other types of objects, drawings, groups or images; you must convert them into a Symbol to be able to apply Filters Effects.
To add Filters effects to an object on the stage, perform the following steps:
- Each effect has its own properties through which you can set different changes for that effect, such as: color or combination of colors, angle, distance, quality, and others.
- Select the respective object on the stage (it must be Text, Buton or Movie Clip)
- In the Properties panel find Filters, and click on it (if it's not already opened). Flash will open a subpanel under it, for filter effects.
- Click on the small button (Add Filters) in the lower-left corner of this sub-panel (as you can see in these images). This will open a menu with various effects, choose one.
- The respective effect is added in the sub-panel, with its setting options, and in the same time it is applied to the object selected on the stage.
- You can also add multiple filters to the same object on the Stage, to get a variety of color effects. They are included one by one in the Filters sub-panel.
- To disable an effect of the ones added in the "Filters subpanel" click on its name in the sub-panel and then on the small button "Enable or Disable Filtre" (with the image of an eye, located on the same line as "Add Filters"). The effect will remain in the sub-panel and can be activated from the same button.
- To delete a "Filter", select it and click on the button "Delete Filter" (from the same line).
- The "Reset Filter" button (with a reversed arrow) restores the effect properties to the initial values.
Click on the image below to see a Flash presentation which shows you how to apply Filters to a text, and to change their properties.
- Tutorial Filters effects
- The FLA file with this example can be downloaded from: Tutorial Filters effects.