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Hello I'd like to display text that is large and white, with a black outline. Can this be done in Flex/Flash? Thanks Andrew...

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    Default Is it possible to do outline fonts/text?

    Hello

    I'd like to display text that is large and white, with a black outline.

    Can this be done in Flex/Flash?

    Thanks

    Andrew

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    dugal Guest

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    Default Re: Is it possible to do outline fonts/text?

    Generally speaking, there is nothing that can't be done in Flex/Flash.
    The point to draw a line on is whether what you want to do is already an
    implemented feature in Flex/Flash or whether it is something you need to
    implement yourself.

    In this case, there is no feature for outlining text.
    You need to make a component to do this for you. Unfortunately, you would
    have to make a separate TextField instance for each character (in white) and
    then another instance (in black) with the same character and slightly larger
    size and then position them both so that the white character seems to be
    outlined by the black character underneath it. This is not easy or pleasant
    and depending upon the font style will meet with limited success. If it were a
    matter of making a simple drop shadow, that can be done easily. If this text
    you need is like a logo or something static that doesn't need to be changed, I
    recommend designing it in the Flash IDE and then exporting as a swc. If this
    is a dynamic type of font display that you want to use in many places and
    perhaps change later... good luck. It's doable, but not easy. Best to get a
    Flash developer to make the component.

    jpwrunyan Guest

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    Default Re: Is it possible to do outline fonts/text?

    A very good approximation of an outline font can be achieved using glow filters. It has been a while since i did this and i don't have any details now, but will post if I can find my old code.
    Tracy Spratt Guest

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