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How to make ice text in Flash

October 22nd, 2008 | Author: Luka | Category: Text

In this really easy lesson, I will explain to you how to create ice text in Flash 8 Pro. This effect is possible to obtain thanks to the blending filters. You will learn the following techniques:

  • How to draw a borderless rectangle,
  • How to select all the right options for a text field so that it will look good and be ready to have blending effects applied to it,
  • How to tweak the options of the Glow filter in Flash so that you can have the real ice-text effect in your SWF movies.

See the example of this effect below.

1 Open a new Flash document.

2 Select the Rectangle tool (R). Go to the lower part of the Tools panel, and select the following options (look at the numbers in the screenshot below):

  1. Click on the small pencil icon.
  2. Click the little rectangle with the red diagonal line. This will block the outline color — thanks to this, you can draw a rectangle with fill color only.
  3. Click on the color square near the paint bucket icon. Choose a dark blue color: in the palette that has opened, type #203E7A in the hex color code box.
  4. Make sure that Object drawing is turned off.

Choosing the options for the Rectangle tool.

3 Click and drag to draw a rectangle on the stage.

Drawing a rectangle in Flash.

4 Choose the Selection tool (V). Click on the rectangle to select it.

5 Go to the left side of the Property inspector, below the scene. Change the dimensions of the rectangle manually: make it about 360 pixel wide and 60 pixels high.

Resizing the rectangle vector shape in the Property inspector.

6 Select the Text tool (T). Go over to the Property inspector again. Choose the parameters like this:

  1. Select Static Text as type of text field.
  2. Pick a font you like. Preferably, it should be a sans serif font, with clearly defined shapes. Avoid using fancy fonts for this kind of effect.
  3. Choose a big font size: I selected 26.
  4. Choose any color you like. This won't make any difference, since the blending filters will define the complete visual aspect of the text.
  5. Turn on the bold and italic options.
  6. In the rendering options menu, select Anti-alias for readability.
  7. The Selectable option should stay turned off. The ice text you are making is a piece of design, so why make it selectable? 🙂

Selecting the options of the Text tool.

7 Click over the rectangle and type anything you like.

The newly entered text on the Flash scene.

8 Press Esc on your keyboard to leave the text typing mode. A blue outline will appear around your newly created text field.

The static text field is clearly visible, thanks to the blue border.

9 With the text field still selected, go to the Property inspector and click the Filters tab.

Selecting the Filters for the Text field.

10 Click on the little blue plus icon to open the menu with the available blending filters.

Accessing the Blending effects menu in Flash.

11 Select the Glow filter. Do the following:

  1. The Blur X and Y options should be set to 4.
  2. Set the Strength to 330%.
  3. In the Quality menu, select Medium.
  4. Choose white as color.
  5. Both the Knockout and Inner glow options must be checked.

Choosing the various options for the glow filter in Flash.

There! You have a nice ice text made entirely in Flash. Now that was easy, wasn't it?

Flash ice text. Cool effect!

If you put this text on a white background, it won't be visible! Any other color works, but I found that dark blue tones work best. It isn't surprising, since they are associated with winter and cold.

Download the source .fla file


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  • Fathur Sep 26, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I want to know, how to make a snow text

  • Manvendra singh Apr 14, 2011 at 7:41 am

    ya i can do this .its good.yar

  • Calvin Sims May 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    This is wonderful, so simple and easy to follow. Have you written a book. If so, I want to buy it – if not, you should.

    Happy Memorial Day!

  • Chuck Jones Oct 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Great tutorial thanks for the info.

  • shishir Oct 14, 2011 at 10:36 am

    good tutorials

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