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Glowing neon playback control buttons

November 4th, 2008 16 Comments

In this easy lesson made for Flash 8 professional I will show you how to create a set of cool, neon glow playback control buttons easily. No other applications will be used to create these buttons, because Flash has so much power on its own! You will see: How to use the basic shapes to […]

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How to make a menu with gel buttons encased in metal

October 26th, 2008 5 Comments

In this easy lesson made for Flash 8 professional I will explain to you how to create a cool website menu, with gel buttons, that are encased (inset) in a metal background. You will, among other things, learn the following Flash techniques: How to use the linear gradient fill option to create a realistic metal […]

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How to make a polished shiny orb using the filter effects and blend modes

October 23rd, 2008 5 Comments

In this easy lesson made for Flash 8 pro, I will teach you how to make a cool shiny orb using many of the available filters and blend modes that Flash 8 pro makes available. You will learn: How to combine various effects stacked one upon another on different layers, How to use the many […]


Applying the blur filter to buttons via ActionScript

October 23rd, 2008 16 Comments

In one of my previous tutorials, I have explained how to make a cool sharp/blur effect by applying filters to symbols on the stage and making transitions via motion tweens. This time, I will show you how to apply the blur filter to objects in Flash through some simple ActionScript code. You will learn the […]

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Making the camera focus change effect in Flash with the aid of the blending filters

October 17th, 2008 6 Comments

In this Flash 8 Pro tutorial, I will show you how simply it is to create an interactive image with camera blur/sharpen effects that appear as the user moves her mouse over it. In this easy and comprehensive lesson, you will see how to: Use the Pen tool to create a precise mask, Make invisible […]

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How to make a shiny rollover effect for a movie clip that will function as a button

October 14th, 2008 20 Comments

In this easy tutorial made for Flash MX, Flash MX 2004 or Flash 8, you will learn to create a shiny animated effect which will appear once a user rolls his mouse over a button. Many visitors to my site have asked me to explain how to make this kind of effect once they have […]

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Designing multicolored bar buttons with transparency, shadow and gradient effects

October 14th, 2008 5 Comments

Before starting, please note that this is a tutorial made for Flash 8 Professional. Some effects, like drop shadow and other blending fx, are not available in previous versions of Flash. While making this button, you will learn to: Make a nice colored gradient effect, Create a button label with some modifications, Apply a drop […]

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Design a mirror website navigation menu

October 14th, 2008 14 Comments

In this lesson you will see how easy it is to create a nice Flash website menu interface and make it work also! Particularly, you will learn how to: Create simple buttons and duplicate them, Make your link text look crisp and readable, Make mirror copies of your buttons easily, Design and code a simple […]

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Creating a big glossy logo

October 11th, 2008 14 Comments

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 […]

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Learning to use the blending filters in Flash 8 pro by making a glassy orb inside a metal ring

October 11th, 2008 12 Comments

Have you seen the Stanley Kubrick masterpiece movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey? Well, if you haven’t, you should consider viewing it. It’s a great piece of art. Also, there’s an interesting character in this film: the AI computer HAL 9000. And it has a cool-looking eye. You’ll learn to make a similar graphic by using […]

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