Flash CS4 Tutorial


How to Bevel Movie Symbols, Text or Buttons with the Bevel Filter in Flash



When you bevel an object you add dimension and depth to your design. Filter effects can be keyframed and faded over time using a Classic Tween or Motion Tween.


Step One

Add a rectangular object to the workspace with the Rectangle tool (r key).

Step Two

Select the rectangle and convert it to a Movie Symbol (Modify > Convert to Symbol (F8)).

Step Three

With the rectangle Movie Symbol still selected, open the Filters panel by clicking the Filters tab (Window > Properties + Filters Tab).

Step Four

Add a filter to the Filter panel by clicking the Add Filter icon and selecting Bevel from the pull-down menu.

Step Five

In the dialog box you can set the Blur amount and Strength.

Step Six

The Quality choices are Low, Medium, and High.

Step Seven

The Shadow and Highlight colors can be modified.

Step Eight

Angle determines the light direction and Distance sets the bevel size.

Step Nine

You can also select Knockout and select the bevel Type.

Changing Bevel Over Time

Follow these steps and add a second keyframe with a Classic Tween. Adjust the Filter settings at both keyframes to create your desired effect.

Filters and Flash Player Versions

Filters work with Flash Player 8 and greater.

Resetting Filter to Default Values

To reset the filter, click the Reset Filter icon at the bottom of the panel. career skills