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In this tutorial we will be looking at how to create a paper curl in Flash. We will also be adding some texture to the paper using a bitmap.

1.

Draw a rectangle the size you want the paper to be. Make a copy of it and put that aside for use later.

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2.

Create two large circles within the rectangle that block off the corner to be curled.

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3.

Remove the corner up to the circles, then draw a straight line from the most south-easterly point of one circle to the most south-easterly point of the other. This should create a diagonal line.

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4.

Remove the circles but leave the triangular point where the circles met and are based at the diagonal line. This is the curl.

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5.

Create a gradient fill from light silver to white, and make it 50% transparent. Fill the main body of the paper with this, the silver at the bottom. Do the same for the curl but make it a darker gradient, still at 50% transparency.

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6.

Group this image (CTRL+G) and duplicated it (CTRL+D). Put a copy aside for now. You need to find a photo of some paper. Place this paper behind the semi-transparent image you have duplicated.

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7.

Double click the duplicated paper curl and remove the fill from the body and the curl.

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8.

Select the paper photo. Using CTRL+B, break it up, then select the paper curl, and break that up too using CTRL+B. Then deselect all and select the paper photo outside the paper curl. Delete it. You should be left with a paper photo the same shape as the paper curl.

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9.

Delete the duplicated paper curl, and you should just have a paper photo shape left.

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10.

Back to the original paper curl you duplicated earlier.

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11.

Take the paper curl and place it on top of the paper photo shape of the paper curl. You should now have a paper curl with some nice texture.

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12.

Lighten the lines of the shape and also remove the diagonal line under the curl.

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13.

We want to give the paper a drop shadow. To do this, take the copy of the original rectangle you created to start with, and fill it with black at 50% transparency. Remove the outline.

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14.

Mark on the shadow where the curl begins on the paper, then push the point where the curl is, inwards a little. This is where the shadow is warped by the curl.

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15.

Now make the two new diagonal line slightly rounded outwards.

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16.

Select the entire shadow. Modify > Shape > Soften Fill Edges to create a slight blurring of the shadow. Use 10 distance and steps.

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17.

Place the paper curl on top of the shadow, and shift it north-west a bit.

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Thats it!

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