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: The flash.filters Package


Flash 8 Professional come with a set of filters that apply rich visual effects. These Flash Filters are similar to those in graphics programs. All the filters can be customised in many ways giving you control of the look and feel of the filters. The filters include Drop Shadow, Blur, Glow, Bevel, Gradient Glow, Gradient Bevel and Adjust Color. All these filters alter what an object looks like.


Most filters can be applied to Text, Movie Clips, and Buttons.


The filters can be applied with either with ActionScript or by using the Flash Filter Panel: Window > Properties > Filters


In this tutorials I will be looking at how to create a Glow Filter to a Movie Clip with ActionScript.

Cross Ref: If you want to create Filters without using ActionScript see the tutorial: Using Filters


Cross Ref: Learn how to use Filters to create an animated steam effect: Animating Smoke, Steam or Dry Ice


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Here is an example of what you will create in this tutorial:

Example: Download the Flash file Draw 211a


Movie Clip with Glow Filter applied.

There are several advantages in creating filters in ActionScript.

Here are some examples of the Flash Filters:

No Filter
Blur Filter
Bevel Filter
Glow Filter
Gradient Glow Filter
Drop Shadow Filter
Gradient Bevel Filter

The same Filters applied to Text:

Flash Filters applied to text

An Oval with Multiple Filters applied:

Multiple Filters


Important Note: These Filters only work in Flash Professional 8. The filters are not available in Flash 8 Basic or any of the earlier versions of Flash such as Flash MX04/MX/5.


If you don't know what version you are using go to: Help > About Flash and you will see the logo:





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