Is there any way to use Action Script to outline some text ?
Posted on 2004-04-15
I need to create an outline round some text. I know this can be done in the authoring environment by breaking the letters apart and adding an outline to them as shapes (with the ink bottle), but is there any way to do this at runtime on dynamically entered text, or does anyone have good tip for simulating this.
I wrote some actionscript that copies text, recolors it and incrementally moves it n pixels out from the original and down some levels and this creates a passable effect with cursive and non-serif font but it creates quite a jagged effect with serif fonts. I guess something like creating a small circle with my "front" textfield's center as the origin and arranging copies around the circle at lower levels might create a smoother effect but I can't fathom the trig for that at the moment.
This is a tough one and I'm up against it time wise (as always ;) so maximum points.