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Create Flash Drop Shadow Filter with ActionScript


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The Drop Shadow Filter lets you add a Drop Shadow effect to a variety of objects in Flash including Movie Clips, Buttons & Text. A shadow image placed strategically behind an image to creates the effect of the image lifting off the page. You have several other options for the style of the drop shadow, including inner or outer shadow and knockout mode. A shadow that is offset from a shape gives the feeling of spatial 3D dimension.

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


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

Example: Download the Flash file Draw 214a


Flash Movie Clip with Drop Shadow 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: Drop Shadow Filter ActionScript

Quick Link: Go straight to: Drop Shadow Parameter Settings

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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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