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.
Add a rectangular object to the workspace with the Rectangle tool (r key).
Select the rectangle and convert it to a Movie Symbol (Modify > Convert to Symbol (F8)).
With the rectangle Movie Symbol still selected, open the Filters panel by clicking the Filters tab (Window > Properties + Filters Tab).
Add a filter to the Filter panel by clicking the Add Filter icon and selecting Bevel from the pull-down menu.
In the dialog box you can set the Blur amount and Strength.
The Quality choices are Low, Medium, and High.
The Shadow and Highlight colors can be modified.
Angle determines the light direction and Distance sets the bevel size.
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.