Applying a Gradient: Flash tutorial on how to create a 3D perspective text effect.

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Step Three: Applying the Gradient

In Flash you cannot apply a gradient directly to text. It first needs to be broken apart into a shape. Only when the text has been broken apart will you be able to apply a gradient color. But once this has been done you will no longer have a Font that can be edited. This means that you will not be able to change the type face or other attributes like bold & italic etc. You also will not be able to change the spelling. So before you proceed make sure that the word is spelt correctly and that you have selected a type face that you like!

  1. If you text is not selected: Select Text
  2. Break the text apart: Modify > Break Apart (Ctrl B)
  3. Note: That breaks your word up into individual letters:

    To create shapes of the letter it need to be broken apart once more.

  4. Break the text apart: Modify > Break Apart (Ctrl B)

  5. The word is now broken into shapes.

  6. Open the Color Panel: Window > Color (Shift F9)
  7. Select: Type > Linear

  8. Gradient applied to text.

    Note: Yours may look different. The pallet defaults back to the last gradient used.

  9. In the Color pallet double click the left color swatch:
  10. Note: If the swatch is not right over to the left just drag it all the way to the left:

  11. Select a color. I selected: #870101
  12. In the Color pallet double click the right color swatch:
  13. Select a color. I selected white: #FFFFFF
  14. If you have extra swatches between the left and right swatches: Pull them off

  15. Three unwanted swatches in the centre.

    The swatch colors are now correct:

         

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