Gradient or Mask stage background?



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Gradient or Mask stage background?

Postby lparisek » Thu, 12 Mar 2009 22:02:59 GMT

Hello all,

 I was wondering if there is a way to apply a gradient or mask to the stage 
background. Essentially making part of the flash movie transparent to the 
content / page behind it. I am relatively new to Flash and I am using CS4 with 


Re: Gradient or Mask stage background?

Postby David Stiller » Thu, 12 Mar 2009 22:13:21 GMT


    This isn't possible directly, but the workaround is easy.  Create a new 
layer and drag it to the bottom of whatever layers you may already have in 
the Timeline panel.  Doing so puts your new layer beneath all other content. 
In the new layer, use the Rectangle tool to draw a rectangle to the same 
dimensions as the Stage.  Use the Free Transform tool or the Align panel to 
get your rectangle to the exact dimensions.  Use the Color panel to give the 
rectangle a gradient fill.

    Aha.  Then you'll have to use something called WMODE in the HTML itself. 
This *does* work in most browsers nowadays, but it's potentially buggy in 
some cases.  You can read details on this page:


David Stiller
Co-author, ActionScript 3.0 Quick Reference Guide
"Luck is the residue of good design." 

Re: Gradient or Mask stage background?

Postby lparisek » Fri, 13 Mar 2009 05:25:16 GMT

That was exactly what I needed.


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