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Author: Shi Min

Part 2: Making the Shine

Okay, now we start making. First we start off with making the shine only, then the sparkle. After that, we can add the sound. Ready? Okay, let's start...

If you have already prepared a Flash movie and you are waiting for the shine, I suggest you insert a new graphic symbol before you make the shine in Part 3, "Shining the stuff". This makes your Flash movie easier to organize. But if you plan to add sound, do not add it to the graphic symbol, though - the sound will not play when you place an instance on the stage. Instead, insert a new scene before all the others, use it as an introduction to your Flash movie, and insert the sound in the scene itself. That will make the sound play.

The shine is actually a gradient that moves across a logo. So we make the gradient first, then shine it. Ready? Fine. First, open the Fill panel (WindowPanelsFill). Then open the Mixer panel. (WindowPanelsMixer) In the Fill panel, choose Linear Gradient in the drop-down menu, and you get two markers, black and white. Now add another marker, and place it in the middle. Then change all the markers' colors to white. The Fill panel should look like this:

Now click on the first marker and in the Mixer panel, change the Alpha to 0%. Do the same to the last marker. Then the Fill and Mixer panel would look like this, after both markers have been done:

There! You've finished your shine. Now in the Fill panel, click the right arrow button on the top right corner of the panel, and choose Add Gradient. This adds it to the swatch. If you don't know where the Add Gradient command is, here it is:

Okay, now close both the Fill and Mixer panel. We've finished making the shine, and what's next is the most important: shining! Like, if you make a shine and don't shine it, what's the point? Now, to Part 3...

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Added: 2001-12-19
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Shi Min is a 10 year old boy who loves to play with Flash, JavaScript and Photoshop. He lives in Singapore and his hobby is to surf web sites.
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