Full Steam Ahead
FILTERS ARE ANOTHER great way to create realistic smoke or, in this example, steam. Since the image we are working with is an actual photograph, the animation needs to be just as convincing. Without the presence of steam, this cup of tea looks cold and somewhat unappealing. Not only can you use filters to blur objects in Flash, but you can also animate these filters.
1 Start off by drawing some simple shapes with the Brush tool. They should be random and abstract.
2 Select this shape (or shapes) and convert it to a Movie Clip ...