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Learn how to create a great smoke effect in flash 8 using the Blur filter. You will also learn how to create on a simple way smoke shape using the Brush Tool, how to use Eraser Tool and more.
Open a new flash document, take the Brush Tool (B), Stroke color must be switched off, for Fill color choose grey color and draw a shape (which will represent "smoke") like it is shown on the picture below!
After that take the Eraser Tool (E), and do like it is shown on the picture below!
Select that "shape", and press F8 key (Convert to symbol) to convert that "shape" into a Movie Clip Symbol.
Open the Properties Panel (Ctrl+F3) and select the Filters tab on the left side. Then, click on plus icon, choose Blur and set the options like it is shown on the picture below.
Now, you'll need to get something like this:
Create another "smoke" effect, in an equivalent way like we have done in previously steps.
Select the both "smoke" and press F8 on the keyboard (Convert to symbol) to convert it into a Movie Clip Symbol.
Double-click on the Movie Clip on stage with the Selection tool (V), or choose right click and Edit in Place.
While your "objects" ("smoke1 and smoke2") is still selected, press Ctrl+Shift+D on the keyboard.If you now looking your timeline you'll need to get this:
Delete now layer 1, click on smoke layer and place it on the position like it is shown on the picture below.
Click on the fifth frame of layer smoke and press F6 key. Then, move that "smoke" a little up, open the Properties Panel (Ctrl+F3), for Color choose Alpha and put it donw to 45%. After that, go back on the first frame and for Alpha choose 0%.
Click on the Tenth frame of layer smoke, press F6 key and move the "smoke" again a little up. In the Properties Panel below the Scene, choose again Alpha and put it down to 73%.
Repeat that process few times in an equivalent way like we have done in steps 11 and 12, but when you came to the laste point (frame), for Alpha choose 0%.
Take the Selection Tool (V), click once on smoke layer to select it, open the Properties Panel and for Tween choose Motion. See the picture below.
Make another "smoke" in an equivalent way like we have done the first "smoke". Note! For this time, start the fifteen frame after. See the picture below.
Go back on the main scene (Scene1) and test the Animation (Ctrl+Enter).
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