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Chapter 13. Applying Timeline Effects > Applying the Drop Shadow Effect

Applying the Drop Shadow Effect

The Drop Shadow Timeline effect adds a visual sense of three dimensions to a Flash movie. The effect creates an offset copy of the original image, and reduces its alpha (transparency) to create a hard-edged shadow effect. The Drop Shadow effect can be applied to any Flash objects, and since they are not an animated effect, they only occupy one frame on the Timeline.

Apply the Drop Shadow Effect

1.
Select a keyframe.

2.
Draw a shape using the oval, rectangle, or polystar tools, and then select the shape.

3.
Click the Insert menu, point to Timeline Effects, point to Effects, and then click Drop Shadow.

4.
Click the Color button to change the color of the drop shadow.

5.
Drag the Final Alpha slider to adjust the Final Alpha (transparency) of the effect.

6.
Enter the X and Y value (in pixels) to change the Shadow Offset.

7.
Click OK to add the effect to the Timeline.

8.
Click the Control menu, and then click Test Movie.

Flash displays the Timeline effect.

IMPORTANT If an object contains a stroke, the drop shadow will contain a line surrounding the shape that emulates the stroke on the original object.


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