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:


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




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


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


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


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


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?


 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!


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!