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How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS4 by Chris Georgenes

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Smoke with Gradients

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THERE ARE SEVERAL ways to animate smoke and each technique is based on the style of the smoke itself. Do you need your smoke to be a cartoon style smoke cloud? Maybe you want a more realistic billowing of soft puffy clouds? How about a very stylized smoke effect with curling hard-edged shapes simulating the basic movement of smoke? There are many different ways to achieve the same results in Flash – whether it’s with ActionScript or animation. Flash has always been a blank canvas for us to express ourselves on. Let’s take a look at a few ways to approach the dynamics of the elusive smoke cloud.

 

1 Create a radial gradient ...

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