Flash Text Effects – How Easy It Is ?

There are a few ways to create text effects using Flash, like alpha or blur animations, color changing, text scaling or moving text and these are relatively easy to do. But what happens if you’ve seen some fancy text effect on a site or even in a video clip, perhaps in a movie, and you want that exact effect in your Flash banner, presentation or site ? It is highly unlikely that the effect was made with Flash. Chances are it was made with some professional tool for video editing.

If you want to have that same effect replicated in Flash, that means you’re going to work for the next few nights and write a lot of code to get there. Yes… if you’re a Flash and ActionScript pro… But what if you’re a rookie… Maybe you’ve never written code before. What then ?

Then, you should use this great tool developed by us at Jumpeye Creative Media. It’s called TxEff. This is a Flash CS3 component (only works with ActionScript 3.0) which you can use to create amazing text effects in Flash, literally in a few minutes, with just a few mouse clicks and a few parameter settings. That’s how easy has become creating Flash text effects. The animation below took me 15 minutes to complete (including testing more parameters to get the effect I wanted and consulting the help pages to get more info on some parameters).

Another great thing about it is that there is a free version of the component, that comes with three patterns embedded into it. You can use these patterns to create a large number of effects, number limited only by your imagination. You can download the component from JumpeyeComponents’ site but you’ll need an account for that (if you don’t have one, go ahead an create it). On the same site, you have access to several tutorials to get you started, the component’s help pages and documentation on all the patterns and their presets. These patterns are actually extensions of the component, so you’ll need both the component and the pattern into the Library, to create an effect. JumpeyeComponents also has a Knowledge Base, containing solutions to a few common questions regarding TxEff.

Besides all these, the component’s site (www.txeff.com) is actually a large effects database, created by all the people visiting the site. If you like an effect there, you can easily import it into your project (just remember to have that pattern into your Library).

Let me give you a piece of advice: before starting to work with TxEff, try to go through the documentation. The component is quite complex, even though it is easy to use, and has a few limitations and requirements. Also try to check out some of the tutorials to get a better idea of what TxEff can do. If you’re having problems with integrating the component, you should read the documentation first or check out the knowledge base… Chances are that you’ll find the answer to your problem there. If not… JumpeyeComponents support team will happily help you out.

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5005: Unknown error optimizing byte code

This is a really “interesting” error message that Flash throws in the Output panel and unfortunately there is no other explanation accompanying the message. At Jumpeye we’ve had to deal a few times with this error message which seems to be generated whenever working with large .fla files that make use of rather large amounts of code.

The solution would be to turn off the Optimizer and then recompile. You can turn the Optimizer off from the Publish Settings dialog box, select Settings for the “ActionScript 3.0″ option and in that dialog box disable the “Reduce file size and increase performance” option. You can do this whenever you are working on a very large project and get this error message. In the rest of the cases, you should leave this option checked.

Another solution I’ve found on the web (didn’t test it) is to delete the .aso files generated by Flash (Control -> Delete ASO Files) .