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    Eerie computer screen glow effect

    Hello all,
    I was wondering if you could help me create an effect I was trying to accomplish. I was making a little animation that makes it look like you are logging on to an oldskool dos terminal. If anyone used those old computers you might remember that around the edge of the screen there was this very slight eerie glow... I am trying to create that effect. It should have been easy but because it was a rectangle shape and not a circle i couldnt just simply use a radial color technique to accomplish it.. and whenever i bend the shape back to a rectangle the radial blur stays in the shape of a circle.

    Can anyone help me achieve this effect? Thank you very much in advance!!!

    ---Keith

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    Hi I guess you are doing this in photoshop?

    If so take the shape of your screen and create a new layer under it fill the screen shape with green or chosen colour then in filters use gaussian blur (i used 1.8 setting for my quick demo) see attatched.

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    That's cool bp.
    I hope you don't mind I fiddle with your file (sounds wrong) a little bit too.

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    hmm. thats pretty cool but not quite what i am looking for... If i get, i'll put it up so you can see what i mean

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    So are you doing this in Photoshop or Flash?
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    was doing it in flash...here this is what i was talking about:
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    You could do this in Flash by softening the edges of various shapes, but I found it to be easier to do it in Photoshop with layer styles. I also think it looks a bit better, but if you need more info on how to do it in Flash let me know.

    So this is yet another way to do what I think you are looking for. I made an 'off' image and an 'on' image in Photoshop. These are pictured below. I then faded in the 'on' image in Flash. I also added a quick blinking prompt and a representation of that 'phosphor flash' you sometimes get when powering down just for fun.




    Like I said, this is just another way to do it. Below is a zip with the .psd, .fla, on and off images, and a .swf of the animated screen.

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    That's looks polished.

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    Thanks.
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