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How to Use Text in Flash 8

Chapter Description

Text is an important part of most Web sites, particularly informational or commercial sites. In this lesson, you'll add and format the properties of many text fields in Flash. You'll learn how to add a Filter effect to a static text field. You'll also spell check the entire document before you finish the lesson. This lesson gives you a foundation in the way text and fonts work and a good basis for using increasingly complex methods of working with text and components.

Text is an important part of most websites, particularly informational or commercial sites. Flash allows you to have a lot of control over the kind of text you can add to a document and of editing the property settings of the text. Text can be loaded from a server or placed directly on the Stage. Kerning, character spacing, justification, color, and anti-aliasing of text can all be controlled by setting properties in the workspace. Text is regularly used in Flash for creative, beautiful, and traditional purposes. In fact, Flash allows you to create many textual effects that are not possible when using HTML or CSS style sheets (Cascading Style Sheets).

In this lesson, you will add and format the properties of many text fields in Flash. You will learn how to add a Filter effect to a static text field. You will also spell check the entire document before you finish the lesson. This lesson gives you a foundation in the way text and fonts work and a good basis for using increasingly complex methods of working with text and components in upcoming lessons.

What You Will Learn

In this lesson, you will:

  • Learn how to use the Text tool to add text fields
  • Learn about static text and device fonts
  • Learn to change text properties for legibility
  • Align text fields on the Stage
  • Learn about embedding fonts and charters in a SWF file
  • Use a Filter with text
  • Check spelling in a document
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