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Control type in Flash

Paul Wyatt and Luke Prowse demonstrate how to make the most of Flashs type-setting tools.

Using type in Flash has always been a compromise.

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With limited typographic control, designers were often forced to type-set in Illustrator and copy the whole lot over to Flash. This wasn't the most effective or intuitive way of working. The good news is that, with the arrival of Flash CS4 and Flash Player 10, this has now changed.

Flash Player 10 uses a text engine developed around InDesign. Designers can now take advantage of rich typographical controls including kerning, ligatures, typographic case, digit case, digit width and discretionary hyphens.

Flash evangelist Paul Burnett has created the TextLayout Component. The easy-to-use interface will have you creating beautiful, web-friendly Flash typography in a snap. We'll show you how to get up and running with the TextLayout Component, which you'll soon be using to create your own stunning Flash type layouts.

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