Halloween Animation Flash Timeline Blur Effect

Halloween Animation Flash Timeline Blur Effect
It's almost Halloween so I decided to create a quick and easy text animation using the Flash Timeline Blur effect and a scary sound file. In keeping with the holiday spirit, I decided to animate a scary looking BOO! Of course, you can use any text and sound file you prefer for your own project. Most of the instructions for this project have been covered in greater detail previously in my Building A Website With Flash series and you may wish to review those articles before we begin. But if you are ready, open Flash and let's go.

Step 1. Start A New Document. To start a new Flash document, click File > New to open the New Document dialog box and choose Flash Document from the list.

Step 2. Resize And Recolor The Stage. The default size and color of the Flash stage is too large and isn't very scary is it? So let's go to the Property Inspector/Size button and change the Background color to black and resize it to 200 pixels wide and 100 pixels high. Of course, you can use any size and color you prefer for your own project.

Step 3. Add Text. Now we will add the BOO text. Click on Frame 1 on the Timeline, click on the Text Tool and then click on the center of the Stage. Go to the Property Inspector again to set the following values for the Text Tool. Once you have the text the way you want, hit the Enter key on your computer keyboard. Now use the Selection Tool to drag the text to the bottom center of the stage. Of course, you can change any of the settings below to fit your needs.

Text Type: Static Text
Font: Thickhead
Size: 48
Color: CCCCCC (Gray)
Style: Bold
Align: Center

Step 4. Timeline Effect. Now the fun begins. We will use the Blur effect to make the text fade away like a ghost in the night. Use the Selection Tool to RIGHT click on the text box and choose Timeline Effects > Effects > Blur. Set the following values in the Blur dialog box.

Effect Duration - 40 Frames
Resolution - 15
Scale - .25
Allow Horizontal Blur - Checked
Allow Vertical Blur - Checked
Direction of Movement - Up (top row, click the arrow pointing up)


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