Shiny text usually has a smooth glossy surface that also reflects light. Have you noticed that a lot of animations have a shining effect when they are trying to highlight something from an image or text? Here I will show you how this is done on simple text word using Flash.
Create a new Flash document. To do this, go to File > New. Select Flash Document. Click OK. Create the first layer and name it text.
Using the Text Tool set the color to black and add a text like “Shining Text” to the stage area for the first layer.
Add another layer and name it “shine”. Select the shine layer.
Select the Rectangle Tool, and draw a long rectangle through the stage area over the text.
With the Selection Tool on the tool bar, select the rectangle. Expand the Color Panel and from Type, select Linear so we can add Gradient.
But we need a slim laser gradient, so set the colors accordingly.
This will give our rectangle a slim gradient from back to white to black again.
Adjust the gradient and make it slant by using the Gradient Transform Tool.
Now we need to add the key frames to our timeline. Before that, we need to drag the shine layer beneath the text layer.
Add a key frame to frame 35 on both layers by selecting the frame and pressing F6. Also on the shine layer, add a key frame to frame 25.
Add a Motion Tween to frame 1 up to frame 25. To do that, right click between the key frame, and click on “Create Motion Tween”
Lock the text layer and select frame 1 from the shine layer
Drag the gradient rectangle to the left until it is left to cover up the end of the text.
Select frame 25 and drag the gradient to the right until it is left to cover up the end of the text. Also do this adjustment on frame 35
Right click the text layer, and select Mask.
And you’re done. Click Ctrl+Enter to view you shining mask effect. Isn’t it easy to create Flash movies with shining effects? I hope you enjoy it and find them useful for your projects.
The demo version of Adobe Flash is available here: http://www.adobe.com
Ben Carigtan shows you how it’s done!