Lesson 1

Create a Mask Effect

 

OBJECTIVE:

In this lesson, you will apply a mask effect.

 

Lesson:  Create a mask layer

  1. Open fl5_1.fla from the Digital Design folder on the server
  2. Save it to your server folder as Fl_C5_L1_classicCC_your username
  3. Insert a new layer, name it mask, then click frame 1 on the mask layer
  4. Select the Oval tool on the Tools panel, set the Stroke Color to No Stroke on the top row of the color palette
  5. Set the Fill Color to the black color swatch in the left column of the color palette
  6. Draw a circle to the left side of the text, click the Selection tool on the Tools panel, then drag a marquee around the circle to select it
  7. Click Insert on the menu bar, click Motion Tween, then click OK to convert the drawing into a symbol so that it can be tweened
  8. Click frame 40 on the mask layer, then drag the circle to the right side of the text
  9. Click mask on the Timeline to select the mask layer, click Modify on the menu bar, point to Timeline, then click Layer Properties
  10. Verify that the Show check box is selected in the Name section, click the Lock check box to select it, click the Mask option button in the Type section, then click OK – the mask layer has a shaded mask icon next to it on the Timeline
  11. Play the movie from frame 1 and notice how the circle object covers the text on the heading layer as it moves across the Stage [Note:  The circle object will not become transparent until a masked layer is created beneath it]

Summary:  You created a mask layer containing a circle object that moves across the Stage.

 

Lesson:  Create a masked layer

  1. Click heading on the Timeline to select the heading layer, click Modify on the menu bar, point to Timeline, then click Layer Properties to open the Layer Properties dialog box
  2. Verify that the Show check box is selected in the Name section, click the Lock check box to select it, click the Masked option button in the Type section, then click OK – the text on the Stage seems to disappear – the heading layer title appears indented and has a shaded masked icon next to it on the Timeline
  3. Play the movie and notice how the circle object acts as a window to display the text on the heading layer
  4. Click Control on the menu bar, then click Test Movie
  5. View the movie, then close the Flash Player window
  6. Save your work, then close the movie

Summary:  You used the Layer Properties dialog box to create a masked layer.