Monday, 1 June 2009

Gradient text effect

This Flash tutorial will teach you how to create a gradient text effect. The results will show regular text with a gradient instead of a solid colour. Gradients are basically areas of colour where one colour changes into another colour. There are two kinds of gradients: linear and radial. Linear gradients change colour along either the horizontal or vertical axis. Radial gradients change colour from an outward direction on focal point. In this tutorial I will show you both linear and radial gradient effects.

Gradient text effect

Step 1

Open a new Flash document.
Select the text tool (T) and type your message on the stage. I have used Myriad Pro bold font type, but you can choose whatever colour you wish. The colour of the text does not matter as you will be changing it later on.




Step 2

Right click on your text and select Break apart. Then select Break apart again and you should see little dots on your text message like below:




Step 3 - Linear gradient

On the right side of your screen select the Colour mixer panel. Choose Linear for the type then change the current colour swatch to your own preference. I have the following preferences below:



**Checking the Linear RGB checkbox allows you to blend the various colours into each other. While unchecking the checkbox allows you to see the distinct colours.


You should now have a linear text gradient effect.




Step 3 - Radial gradient

On the right side of your screen select the Colour mixer panel. Choose Radial for the type then change the current colour swatch to your own preference. I have the following preferences below:



You should now have a radial text gradient effect.



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