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Creating a Blur Filter with ActionScript


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The Blur Filter lets you add a blur effect to a variety of objects in Flash. The Blur filter softens the edges and details of objects. Applying a blur to an object can make it appear as if it is behind other objects, or make an object appear to be in motion. You can produce blurs that range from a softly unfocused look to a Gaussian blur, a hazy appearance like viewing an image through semi-opaque glass.

A Blur filter an be applied to objects such as Buttons, Movie Clips and Text. You can customize the look of the Blur with different amounts of X or Y blur.

In this tutorial you will learn the ActionScript needed to apply the Flash Blur Filter to Text, Movie Clips and Button symbols. In addition to this I will describe the parameters (settings) which enable you to customise the Blur Filter.


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

Example: Download the Flash file Draw 213a


Flash Movie Clip with Blur Filter applied.

Important Cross Ref: This tutorial shows you all the ActionScript including all the options available through the parameters. But it only briefly describes how to apply this to an object within Flash or how to edit the parameter settings. If you are not familiar with this I suggest that you return here after first reading the tutorial: Creating Filters with ActionScript


Quick Link: Go straight to: Blur Filter ActionScript

Quick Link: Go straight to: Blur Parameter Settings

Click by Click: If you would like to view this tutorial without all the notes: Click by Click


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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