Although the crux of this chapter concerns manipulating scale to create 3D effects, there are other important aspects besides the
Create a new movie (CTRL/CMD+N), and then click the Size button in the Property Inspector to bring up the Document Properties box. Now set the stage size to 600x300px and the frame rate to 24 fps, as shown at right.
Using the Text Tool (T), enter whatever text you'd like to feature in your 3D effect. Type the text at the final size that you want it to scale to (in other words, large rather than small), and position it as you want it to appear in the final frame of the animation. We used 96pt Arial, Bold.
Make sure that you put each word, phrase, or
Before you start to animate the text, you need to change each word into a movie clip. In addition to being good practice, this will help when it comes time to scale the text since, in Flash, text is scaled from the lower-left corner and youwant your text to scale from the center out. Converting the text to movie clips will automatically allow us to do this since the registration point of movie clips is set to the center of the clip by default.
To convert the word Atmospheric to a movie clip, click on frame 1 of the atmospheric layer to select all objects on that frame ”in this case, the solitary word ”and press F8. Call the movie clip atmospheric , and repeat this for the Perspective ! text, calling the movie clip perspective .
Let's start animating now. Click on frame 48 of the atmospheric layer and insert a keyframe ( Insert > Keyframe or F6). Repeat this for the perspective layer. Since your frame rate is 24 fps, the animation will take 2 seconds:
Now click back to frame 1 of the atmospheric layer to select the atmospheric movie clip. Initially, you want the text to start out tiny and zoom in, so resize the clip using Modify > Transform > Scale And Rotate (CTRL/CMD+ALT/OPT+S) and setting the Scale to 1%.
Click on the
movie clip in frame 1, and click on its instance in the canvas (now very small) to bring up its details in the Property Inspector. Choose Alpha in the
To actually make the text scale up and fade in, make sure that one of the
Repeat Steps 6 to 8 for the
layer. You can test the movie at this point to see the effect. The two words should scale up in a
To make the motion more interesting (and appear to arc slightly as the text
Let's also separate the two animations a little. Click on the keyframe on the perspective layer (frame 1) to select it. Click (again) and drag it to frame 25.
Finally, let's stop the animation after it has
Test the movie and you should see the text scale up and fade in from a single vanishing point:
There are times when making objects transparent will not work within the context of your movies. A variant on this effect would be to animate the color of the movie clip from a washed-out bluish-gray to its actual color as it gets closer to our view. Objects that are further away also have denser textures and appear out of focus. Re-creating these effects in Flash, however, usually requires the use of multiple prerendered bitmaps and can be both CPU- and bandwidth-