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Subject: Re: FLASH: StarWars Scroll
From: Marc Hoffman, Poison Dart Frog Media
Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 18:16:28 +0100

At 07:22 PM 5/31/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Can't have gradient masks ?? reallY? are you sure?? absolutley postively?

Here's a "fake gradient mask" trick Byron Canfield (formerly on this list)
posted. I think I referred to this yesterday but you may have missed it.

Let's say you want to have text that scrolls from the bottom of the screen
and gets smaller and has a gradient fade as it reaches the top. Choose your
gradient and create it in a rectangle that covers the scrolling area for
the text, making it fade toward the top. Now place your scrolling text in
the layer above, and make IT the mask. As the text scrolls, it acts as a
mask, revealing the gradient on the layer below.

To get the 3D perspective, you will need to create the text in another
program (I agree with other suggestions here to create it in a vector
program such as Freehand or Illustrator), so it has a true vanishing point
(perspective). Then you will need to tween it so that it not only moves
upward but also scales smaller as it moves. At the end of the tween, the
text should be scaled so that the width of any line is the same as the
width of the line that occupied the same place on screen when the tween
started. You can most easily match this up by using onion skinning.

Marc Hoffman

marcatdartfrogmedia [dot] com (mailto:marcatdartfrogmedia [dot] com)
Flash3 Portfolio: <http://www.dartfrogmedia.com/sampler>, featured
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