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Aqua Buttons in Flash 8
Maximum effect, minimum hassle
Ah, yes...the venerable Aqua buttons Apple unleashed on the world lo those many years ago. Sure, they may seem a little turn-of-the-century these days, but you still see them littered about like so much confetti. And since the basic Aqua button was heretofore unattainable in Flash without the use of some creative Photoshopping, I can't think of a better model to use for a tutorial on how you can implement Flash 8's new filters and blends to create clean, scalable interface widgets like our old friend the Aqua button.
Anatomy of the Aqua button
There certainly has never been a shortage of methods floating about for creating Aqua buttons, but the really simple version I sussed out in Photoshop for a project a year or two back is finally reproducible with Flash 8's new toys. (As an aside, please don't think I'm trying to claim I'm the only one to have figured out this particular method?I'm sure there are plenty of folks who do, or did, their Aqua buttons the way I'm about to describe, but none of the techniques I had seen to that point quite did the trick.) Anyway, look at the following (fig. 1):