Bevel in Flash
by NeoDreamer : 2 July
Ever wished you could use Photoshop's bevel
effect in Flash? That's right; Flash isn't
known for easy style effects, but with my simple
beveling technique, you can work around Flash's
rather bland palette.
[ an example
of what you will create ]
Here is How
Create a new document around
400 high by 200 wide.
Rename the default layer "dark"
because you'll be using a dark green on
Type in "Mo Money"
with the text tool and draw in any squigqly
line with the brush tool. The text must
be broken up for the beveling to work,
so just select it and hit Ctrl+B twice.
what broken text looks like ]
- Select everything on layer "dark"
and copy it by hitting Ctrl+C
Create two new layers. Name
the top "mask" and the middle
"light." On both, paste your
design in the exact place as the original
by hitting Ctrl + Shift + V.
Of course, you should right
click your mask layer and check "mask"
to turn it into a mask.
correct layer set-up]
Now you want to lock everything
but the light layer. Select it and change
its color to a lighter green. Before deselecting,
nudge the light design up one and left
one with the arrow keys.
light graphic shifted up and left ]
We want this to be a smooth
bevel, so choose modify > shape
> soften fill edges from the main
menus. Change the settings like such...
here are some suggested settings ]
Lock all layers to make the
masking go into effect. And voila! You
have your bevel.
final layers set-up ]
If you have any questions, feel free to post
on the forums at