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Creating a big glossy logo

October 11th, 2008 | Author: Luka | Category: Basics Design

In this detailed lesson, you will see how easy and quick you can make a great-looking glossy logo in Flash, using its design tools. This logo can in turn be used in a header or as a part of your overall Flash website design. You will learn the following techniques and tricks:

  • How to create vector letter shapes from a textfield,
  • How to give a neat stroke to the letters,
  • How to apply a linear gradient color fill only to a part of your logo (and make it look very cool),
  • How to create a small glowing effect,
  • How to create a soft background light effect and more.

Creating the main logo graphics

1 Open a new Flash document. You can leave the default dimensions of the stage (550x400 pixels), since you are going to make a really big logo.

2 Call the first layer logo main. Don't worry about the frames and keyframes in your timeline, because there won't be any other than the first ones. No animation in this tutorial! 🙂

Naming the first layer in Flash.

3 Select the Text tool (T). Go to the Property inspector below the scene. Choose the following options:

  1. Select Static Text — you will turn this text into shapes later, so there is no better option than the Static one.
  2. Select a nice, big, fat font :-).
  3. Set the size of the font to a value above 90. Flash will let you select a size up to 96 if you use the slider next to this option, but you can type in bigger values manually (like 120 etc).
  4. Choose a color: I selected #0066CC, a nice, standard shade of blue.
  5. If you are working in Flash 8, select Anti-alias for readability. If not (or if you are making your SWF for previous versions of Flash player), select the rendering option made for animation.

Selecting the options of the Text tool.

4 Click on the stage and type anything you like — your logo word, slogan or anything you will put on your Flash website. Press Esc on your keyboard to exit the text typing mode of your newly made static text field. A thin azure frame will appear around your text field.

A static text field on the scene in Flash.

5 Select Modify > Break Apart. Your text field will now be separated into individual letters, each of which is a text field in itself.

Each character is an individual text field.

6 Repeat the previous step — break apart the individual letter text fields. Shortcut key for breaking apart a symbol or a group: Ctrl+B. The characters have now become pure vector shapes.

The letters as basic vector shapes in Flash.

7 Select the Ink Bottle tool (S). In the Property inspector, select hairline as type. Choose some darker hue of the color that you used for the text. I chose #004284.

Selecting a color and the thickness of line for the Ink Bottle tool.

8 Click on each vector-letter shape to give it a nice, thin stroke.

Giving the letters an outline.

Ok, the basic shape and graphics for the logo are finished. Let me show you now how to create a glow for it.

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Creating the glowing effect for the logo

9 Select the whole logo drawn so far, both the fill and the outlines. Do this either by using the Selection tool (V), by clicking and dragging your mouse until you encompass the whole logo, or by simply pressing Ctrl+A. This selects everything that is currently present inside your document.

10 Copy the selected shapes by pressing Ctrl+C.

11 Lock this layer. Make a new one and call it glow.

A new layer was just added to the scene.

12 Press Ctrl+Shift+V (or select Edit > Paste in Place) to paste the copied shapes in the glow layer, exactly over the original ones.

13 Now, select the newly pasted shapes again. You must do that if you wish for the stroke options to appear in the Property inspector.

14 Once that they have appeared, select #CEE7FF (a very light blue) for the stroke color (see 1 in the image below). Also, type in 7 as line thickness (see 2). The line will switch to Solid automatically.

Changing the properties of the outline.

And the change is immediately visible:

The new, bold stroke around the logo.

15 Lock the current layer (glow) and drag it below the logo main layer.

The change in the hierarchy of layers.

This must be done because the glow will appear underneath the main logo shape, not above it. You will see now how to add some cool gloss on your logo.

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Creating the glossy/shiny effect for the logo

16 Hide the glow layer, so that you can work more easily. Unlock the logo main layer.

A layer is being hidden while the other one unlocked.

17 Select the Line tool (N). Be sure to change the color for this tool. You need to do this because you are going to draw a line which will be erased later. If the color stays the same as the one you used for the Ink Bottle tool, it will be more difficult to distinguish and find what needs to be erased later. I chose red. It is in good contrast with the other graphical elements. The type of the line should remain to be hairline.

18 Hold down Shift, click and draw a horizontal line somewhere below the logo, where there is enough space to manipulate it. The line should be longer than the total width of the logo, like shown in the image below.

A red line has just been drawn on the stage.

19 Select the Selection tool (V). Bring your cursor below the line you just made, somewhere in the middle of it. Click and start dragging down, until you get a curve.

Making a curve out of a straight line in Flash.

20 Select the curve by clicking on it with the Selection tool.

21 While holding down Shift press the up arrow key repeatedly to start moving the curve upwards. For more precise adjustements, release Shift and use the arrow keys only.

Place the curve over the logo. It doesn't have to be positioned symmetrically in relation to the logo. In fact, moving the curve to the left or to the right may look more interesting. The point is to roughly cut the logo in half with the curve.

The curve is positioned over the logo.

22 Click anywhere on the stage with the Selection tool to unselect the curve.

23 Select the Paint Bucket tool (K). Go over to the Color Mixer panel (Window > Color Mixer). Select the following values (see corresponding numbers in the screenshot below):

  1. In the Type menu, select Linear. This will enable you to make a linear gradient fill.
  2. Click on the small colored square on the right once to select it. In the hexadecimal color code field, enter #82C0FF.
  3. Click the colored square on the left and enter #EFF8FE in the color hex code field. Your gradient should look like the one in the image below.

Using the Color Mixer panel to create a linear color fill.

24 Hold down Shift (to make a perfectly vertical fill), click near the first letter's top and drag your mouse down until the paint bucket cursor reaches the red curve. Release the mouse. Compare your result to the image on the right below.

Starting to fill the logo with the colored gradient.

25 While still having the Paint Bucket tool active, go to the Tools panel — down to its bottom, where the Options for the current tool are shown. Click the Lock Fill icon to turn it on — it is the one displaying the little padlock picture.

Locking the fill.

26 Now just click on the upper parts of all the remaining letters. The shapes above the red curve will be uniformly filled with your colored gradient. This looks great and yet was so easy to make, thanks to the simple lock fill option. I love Flash!

The upper part of the logo has been filled with a uniform linear gradient fill.

All that you have to do now to finalize the logo design is remove the red curve.

27 Choose the Selection tool (V). Double-click on any segment of the red curved line to select all of it. Press either Backspace or Delete to erase it.

Selecting the red curved line.

Here is what your final result should look like:

The glossy logo is complete now.

28 Lock the current layer and make the glow layer visible again.

The work inside the layers containing the elements of your logo is finished.

Now that the logo is completed, you will learn to create a background that will add a soft radial light effect to your logo/header. This is realy eeeeeasy to do :-).

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Creating a soft radial light effect

29 Make a new layer, call it backlight and drag it under the two existing layers.

The background layer is added to the scene.

30 Select the Rectangle tool (R). Go over to the Colors part of the Tools panel. Click on the pencil icon (see 1 below) and then click on the No color icon (see 2). You can now draw a nice rectangle without it having a border.

Next, select black as the fill color.

Stopping the stroke color.

31 Click and start dragging until you draw a rectangle that is wider and taller than the logo. I have made a rectangle that is 550 by 150 pixels big.

A black rectangle has just been drawn beneath the logo.

32 Select the Paint Bucket tool (K). Go to the Color Mixer panel and select Radial as type of fill.

The radial fill is selected in the Color Mixer panel.

33 Go to the color stripe in the lower part of the panel. Bring your cursor between the two little colored squares. A plus sign will appear next to your cursor. This means that a new color can be added to the gradient. Click and the third colored square will appear.

Adding a third color to the radial gradient.

34 Arrange the three little squares as they appear in the image below, by clicking and dragging them. After that, change their color values so that they are equal to those on the image below: just click on each square and enter the hex code in the appropriate field, just like you did for the linear gradient before.

The values of colors that make up the radial gradient.

35 Click with the Paint bucket tool (K) on the black rectangle — somewhere near its center. I have hidden the logo in the image below so that you can better see the result.

Filling the rectangle with a colored radial fill.

36 Select the Gradient Transform tool (F). Click on the rectangle: the handles for adjusting and modifying the gradient will appear.

The radial fill is ready to be transformed.

The first handle (see 1 in the screenshot below) serves to change the width of the radial blur: try clicking and dragging it — the gradient fill will contract or expand, depending on the direction you're moving your mouse.

The second handle (see 2) is used to scale the fill: you can make it bigger or smaller, but proportionately, unlike the previous handle.

The third handle (see 3) is used to rotate the gradient.

The Gradient Transform tool controls.

Using these three handles, try to achieve the result that is shown below:

The final look of the radial-gradient-filled rectangle.

And once you've done that, unhide the two other layers and revel in your newly made great looking logo. Done entirely in Flash, using no Photoshop at all! Check out my other basic Flash tutorials or Flash design tutorials! See you next time!

The glossy, shiny logo with soft backlight.

Download the .fla source file


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  • charuta Dec 15, 2008 at 6:27 am

    It reallly tutorials its help me lots thanks . fantastic

  • laylaylom Dec 26, 2008 at 10:06 am

    damn cool, nice work

  • gina Mar 1, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Cool logo, but the step 24 didn’t work to me. The gradient filled the entire letter not only the upper side below the curve. What setting I’d missed?
    Nice work, though.

  • Mark West May 12, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Luka,

    This is a great tut, just the kind I have been looking for. I see that you don’t plan to answer any questions about it. My only hope would be to see a version of this tutorial for Flash CS4 in the future. I thank you so much for all your shared efforts.

    Mark West

  • Mark West May 14, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    And, by the way, if there is anyone who could lend a hand and point me to some basic course that @ least shows me how to unlock all these layers (actually I’ve got that part) to simply change the text in this file I’m certain that the graphics god will bless you with some hitherto unknown treatment or something similar!
    Thanx to all in advance
    Mark West

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  • preni Apr 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    hey there.. thanx.. it helped 🙂

  • Leeds Dec 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Is it possible to create a glossy text look using text only without images?

  • Jeffy Smith Dec 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Your tut was really helpful to my life and my dogs life

  • n Jun 1, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Thank you
    This is an excellent tutorial

  • Chuck Apr 25, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you for the great tutorial. I am going to try this out this weekend.

  • HIllary Sep 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Great tutorial Thanks.

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