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Chapter 13. Applying Timeline Effects > Using the Blur Effect

Using the Blur Effect

Like most of Flash's Timeline effects, the process of creating the effect is easy. However, you don't have to create Timeline effects from objects drawn on the Stage. Timeline effects can be created from imported vector objects, as well as graphic behavior Library symbols. The Blur Timeline effect has many uses. For example, you could use the Blur Timeline effect to create a fader used in a slide show, or you could use it to simply have items on the Stage slowly fade to transparent.

Use the Blur Effect

Select a keyframe.

Draw a shape on the Stage or move a graphic symbol out of the Library.

Click the Insert menu, point to Timeline Effects, point to Effects, and then click Blur.

Enter a resolution value.

The lower the value, the less complex the blur effect.

Enter a Scale value.

Scale determines the size difference between the starting and ending shapes in the blur effect.

Select the Allow Horizontal and Vertical Blur check boxes.

Unchecking both options will cause the object to slowly fade to transparent.

Click the arrow buttons to decide the direction of the blur.

Click OK to add the effect to the Timeline.

Click the Control menu, and then click Test Movie.

Flash displays the Timeline effect.


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