Blur Effect in Flash

BlurEffectInFlash100x100In this tutorial we will learn how to use the built-in blur filter to blur an image. The effect is rather simple and easy to understand

 

Before we get started, let’s have a look at what we will create:

 

 

Step 1: Create a new flash document and go to File>Import>Import to Stage and select the image you want to use. In this tutorial we will use the image below:

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Step 2: We should resize our document to fit with the photo, so press Ctrl-J to bring up the Document Properties box and select Match: Content option. Our document will auto resize  to fit with the photo

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Step 3:  Click on the photo and change it to a symbol by pressing F8, in the Convert to Symbol box select Movie Cliptype to convert it to a movie clip

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Step 4: Click on frame 40 of the Timeline and press F6 to insert a new keyframe there, this will make our image totally clear at frame 40

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Step 5: Now return to frame 1 by clicking on it, then click on the photo (now become a movie clip) and press Ctrl-F3 to bring up the Properties panel if it doesn’t show up. Click on the Filter tab and click on the Plus icon (+) then select Blur

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Step 6: The Blur options appears, set Blur X and Blur Y to higher values (80%, for example). You can also set a suitable quality here

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Step 7:  Next, right click on any frame between 1 and 40 and select Create Motion Tween. Now you can press Ctrl-Enter to test your result. It is simple, right?

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 Step 8: This step is optional: we should make the last frame (the “clearest” frame) last a bit longer, so insert a new keyframe at frame 45. It means that frame from 41 to 45 will copy frame 40, make our clear photo last longer to see!

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In conclusion, we can only use the Blur effect after convert it to a movie clip and we apply it to the first frame then we “create motion tween” to activate the process!