Flash-Tutorials - Changing the Symbol Color and Opacity
Changing the Symbol Color and Opacity
Flash allows you change certain settings for the instances of created symbols. You can change their colors and make different transformations.
You can change the color of the instance editing the properties. Select the instance. Color effect is set in the color drop-down menu that is located in the right part of the properties inspector. There are five options to choose from in the drop-down menu: None, Brightness, Tint, Alpha, and Advanced.
Depending on your choice the properties inspector will change its view, displaying additional properties settings.
Let us look at each of the Color options from the drop-down menu.
When you select None no extra properties are displayed in the properties inspector. This option disables all of the color properties that can be applied to the instance. This option returns the instance to its initial condition.
Once you selected the Brightness from the drop-down menu, you can change the overall brightness of all colors of all graphical elements making up the image. When you select Brightness to the left of it the window will appear where you will set the brightness value between -100% and 100% value. The negative values will make the image darker.
When Alpha option is selected, you can change the opacity of the image, entering the value into the window that will appear to the left from the drop-down menu. The smaller the value is, the more transparent the image is. Zero value will make the object invisible.
If you select Tint from the drop-down menu, you will be able to set the tint of the instance, otherwise paint it in certain color. Once you select this option several options appear in the properties inspector beside the drop-down menu.
You can select the color using the color selector or you can enter the RGB values into the fields below.
Entering the values from 0% to 100% into the field to the right from the color selector you can set the tint opacity. If the value is close to 0% the tint color will be barely seen. If you set the Tint value to 100% the image will be painted in selected color completely, replacing all previous image colors.
The last option in the drop-down menu is Advanced that lets you set more advanced color effects. Once you select it, the Settings button will appear beside the drop-down menu. Clicking on it you will bring up the Advanced Effect dialog box. Advanced Effect box contains four groups with two options in each, which you can use to set the level or Red, Green, Blue and Alpha settings. You have read about each of these settings above.