Drop Shadow

Drop Shadow

Flash CS4 Tutorial


How to Add Drop Shadow to Movie Symbol, Text or Button using the Flash Drop Shadow Filter



Drop shadows add depth to your designs. They provide clues about the light direction and distance between objects and the background.


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).

Step Four

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

Step Five

In the dialog box adjust the Blur to soften the edges. The Color box allows you to change the shadow color.

Step Six

The default Strength setting of 100% is usually too high. Scrub the current value to change the setting.

Step Seven

Quality choices include Low, Medium, and High.

Step Eight

Angle and Distance can also be set.

Step Nine

The Knockout, Inner Shadow, and Hide Object checkboxes provide additional options.

Edit Filter Effects

Once you add a filter effect, you can access and edit the values by selecting the object and clicking the Filter tab.

Filters and Flash Player Versions

Filters work with Flash Player 8 and greater.