First time here? First time here? Newsletter Signup Newsletter
Search tutorials
Author: Manveer Saini | Website: http://www.linxzone.cjb.net

Spotlight Masking of it's own kind

Let's begin. Firstly select the rectangle tool.

Draw a rectangle as big as the stage. The colour of the fill should be the colour that you want to your spotlight mask to be.

Next select the text tool and type out the text over the box on the stage. Make sure the colour of the text is the colour you want in the final result(of the text).

Create a new layer above the present layer and draw two circles and place them as shown. Be sure to delete the outlines of the circles before placing them.

Next insert a keyframe at frame no.5 and place the smaller circle right next to the larger one. Make sure there is some distance between them both as shownin the zoomed in image.

Insert a keyframe at frame no.25 and place the larger circle at the end of the text.

Insert another keyframe at frame no.45 and take the larger circle to the same place as it was in frame no.5(I recommend that you should just copy and paste it). Now insert a keyframe at frame no.50 and take the smaller circle to its original place(as in frame no.1). At this point your movie is useless. To get the desired effect we will have to shape tween the top layer(all the KEYFRAMES not frames) and then mask it. Before masking your timeline should look like this-

To do the masking bit you will have to right click on the the top layer and select mask. The second layer will automatically be masked if you do it this way. That's it! Easy eh? If you have any questions or comments plaese contact me. My email id is makemedie@hotmail.com

» Level Basic

Added: 2002-12-08
Rating: 5.97 Votes: 143
(10 being the highest)
» Author
Manveer Saini is a flash developer and is 14 years old. He would love it if anyone could teach him actionscripting.
» Download
Download the files used in this tutorial.
» Forums
More help? Search our boards for quick answers!


  • There are no comments yet. Be the first to comment!

  • You must have javascript enabled in order to post comments.

Leave a Comment
  • Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.
Featured Flash FLA
» Author: Inocreato
» Title: RaiseTheBlocks
» Description: Raise all the blocks to win the game
Featured Sound Loops
Image for equalize

Audio Player

» Author: TomCat Carty
» Title: The Wood
» Description: Just a little game ending or it can maybe be looped. Recorders with music box and percussion to give the feel of well, I don't know, the woods? Free to use, just credit me. thank you
Latest Font
» Author: Fábio FAFERS
» Description: I created this font for free use. Everyone can apply it in personal or business texts. Its free, but I want to be communicated in case of business use. Donations are accepted to keep the project of free fonts alive! Thank you all
Featured Sound Fx
Image for equalize

Audio Player

» Author: Davisigner
» Description: Hmm... what to say about this one? It's reminiscent of the closing notes of the opening music from the Three Stooges done in a church organ style with a closing cymbal crash. I'll give this one away gratis, but feel free to check out my free loops and potential upcoming license-mandated ones over in the respective part of Flashkit.