Text arching

I'm having a problem getting my text to transform to look like this:  http://www.mccullough-net.com/teamname.jpg
I'm especially having a problem with gradients whereby if I start with a gradient in the center it does the arch one way, if I start with the gradient on top is does the arch another way, even though I am trying to do the same arch effect.  In photoshop or illustrator you control the gradient! like direction, from inward to outward or outward to inward, up to down, down to up, left to right , right to left.  There doesnt seem to be a way to do that in Flash.  Does anyone have an suggestions or ideas.
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Aneesh ChopraCommented:
Do you want to achieve it using actionscript or just want it at design time

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Aneesh ChopraCommented:
download this sample, it shows how to arc text or dynamic text using displacement filter actionscript

http://www.4shared.com/file/2134317/3ad00a97/displaccliparc.html

run the swf and click on text to see the arched text

actually curved text is based on "mask" movieclip gradiant, try modifying the gradiant and see how curved text changes according to the gradiant.

I mean to say, you can give any shape to text using above script, if you can create appropriate gradiant.

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iceman19330Author Commented:
I am not getting appropriate gradient because gradient tool has limited feature, it is not as flexible as photoshop or illustrator.  Is there a better way to get the gradient tool to work in Flash?
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