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Setting up the main text - Movie Clip (cont)

Step 3 :

Now we will make the text visible. Create a new layer and rename it to text. Open the text-options panel (Window - Panels - Text options). Select Dynamic Text, select Multiline, select "Word wrap" and "Selectable" and draw a textfield at about the position x=20 y = 20. Give it the Variable name windowtext in the text option panel.

Create a new layer and rename it to back. Change the stacking order of the layers so that back is under text (you can change the stacking order of the layers by dragging them and letting them go between, under or above other layers) Create a empty keyframe and create the bottom-part-background of a window ('a window without it's titel bar'). You can change it by turning it into a graphic symbol by selecting it and clicking F8 or Insert - Convert to Symbol and selecting Graphic. This will make adjusting later a bit easier. Set the left - top position to x = 0 and y = 0. If nessaray, correct the possition of the textfield so that it's on top of the background but leaves space for the scrollbuttons (see picture below).

Create a new layer under text and rename it to extra's. Create here the white square behind the textfield and the grey square behind the scroll-buttons (you might have to change the widht/height to your liking afterward). Turn the grey square into a Graphic Symbol if wanted, this might make changes afterward a bit easier. It should look something like this:

» Level Intermediate

Added: 2001-01-25
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Patrick Jansen is a freelance flash-, graphic- and webdesigner. Born in Holland, currently residential in Brazil. Worked for the compagnies Lectric b.v. ( and NIC b.v. (
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