Flash Templates Tutorials - SHAPES
Drawing straight lines, rectangles and ovals
Tools like Rectangle and Oval allow you to draw a form and immediately fill it with color.
Rectangle tool allows you to draw boxes with square or rounded corners.
To draw straight lines, rectangles and ovals: Select Line, Oval or Rectangle. Select attributes of line and fill, as described in Setting fills and lines attributes. Note that you can not set the fill attributes for the Line tool.
For the rectangle tool, define rounded corners, by selecting Round Rectangle Radius option and enter the radius corner value. Value = 0 creates angles without rounding. Draw on the scene. If you use the rectangle tool, then after you draw the rectangle, by holding right mouse button, use the arrow keys "up" and "down" to adjust the radius of rounded corners. For the oval and rectangle: hold the Shift key to draw a circle when using Oval tool and square with Rectangle tool. For the Line tool: hold the Shift key while drawing in order to make the line with the angle multiple of 45.
Creating a line with a custom width and style. To create a customized width of the line you should select the last option from the popup list.
In order to create a custom line style, you need to select the last option from the popup style lines list.
Using lines styles that you have created, increases the file size of your Flash clip. For example, from 0.1 to 10 points.
Changing lines and shape outlines, you can change the lines and shape outlines by shifting them, by using functions of straightening and smoothing of Arrow tool found in the toolbar, or by optimizing curves. Arrow - Flash is not able to change the settings of lines shapes. To do this, you drag any point of the line with the help of Arrow Tool. Marker at the mouse cursor indicates what changes you can perform with the fill or line shape. Shifting the point of the line with the pressed Ctrl (Windows) or Option (Macintosh) creates a new peak of the angle. Flash regulates the line segment curve to adjust the new position of the shifted point. If the shifted point is the final one, you can prolong or shorter the line. If the shifted point is the vertex of an angle, line segments forming an angle remain straight while they are prolonged or shortened. When the vertex of an angle is located beneath the mouse cursor, you can change the location of the endpoint. When the curve is under the mouse cursor, you can adjust the location of the curve. Some brush strokes are easier to modify if you consider them as outlines. If you have any problems with the changes of complex lines, you can smooth them by removing part of the elements, thus making it easier to change.
Shape filling and creating the shape outlines. Shape outline, consisting of lines, is created with the shape which does not have this outline. Shape outline creates a line with the established color for drawing lines. Paint bucket fills in the shape with the color. Ink bottle tool is meant to fill lines and to create shape outlines.
Setting lines and fills attributes - Tools like Pencil, Line, Rectangle, Oval, Brush, Paint bucket, and Ink bottle have the same settings for fills and lines attributes. When you switch from one tool to another, line and fill attributes do not change. Lines could not be colored using Paint bucket, if they were not transformed to fill.
Dropper defines parameters (color, style, etc.) of filling or lines of the already existing shape or line for its immediate application to the different shape or line.
Changing the gradient or fills by using Transform Fill option: - select a marker of the average point of fill and drag it to your desired direction. Change the width of the gradient or the fill of the bitmap image by dragging a square marker on the side of field restriction. Change the height of the gradient or the fill of the bitmap image by dragging a square marker beneath the field restriction. Rotate the gradient or the fill of the bitmap image, by dragging a circular rotation marker in a corner of a linear gradient or fills. You can also drag the lowest marker on the limiting circle of the circular gradient. To scale the linear gradient or the fill, drag the square marker in the center of restriction field. To change the radius of the circular gradient, drag the average circular marker on the restriction circular. To distort or tilt the filling of the bitmap image in terms of the shape, drag one of the circular markers on top or the right side of restriction field. To create the effect of repeated use in the filling of the bitmap image, scale out the filling of the bitmap image. Note: To see all markers when working with large fills or fills located close to the edge of the Scene, select View > Work Area.
Lock Fill - this option creates the effect of scaling the gradient or the filling of the bitmap image, i.e. as if you have filled the entire scene containing several shapes located in different places of the scene, and then have applied the mask effect to your shapes. It looks like each shape contains the portion of the gradient or the fill of the bitmap image, which is located in the place where the shape is. Lock Fill creates an effect that one gradient or the fill of the bitmap image extends across all shapes at the scene. The upper shape is colored with gradient; the lower shapes are colored with the same gradient, but with Lock Fill option. To use a bitmap image as a filling, one should apply Break apart option to it, and then use Dropper tool to select the bitmap image as a fill. Select Lock Fill option by clicking on it. Firstly color the areas where you want to place the center of filling, and then color the rest areas on the scene.
Ink Bottle - you can use it only for filling with the solid color of lines or borders, filled with color forms, if they do not have any. Ink Bottle prevents coloring lines with gradient or bitmap image. Ink Bottle tool has options of setting width and style of the lines.
Dropper - is meant to determine the filling or lines settings (color, style, width) of one shape in order it could be applied to another shape or line. Dropper tool also lets you select a raster image as a filling. Dropper usage with the pressed Shift key determines the filling for all drawing tools. The same can be applied to text fields. When you click on the line, the tool automatically becomes an Ink Bottle tool. When you click on the filling, the tool automatically changes to Paint Bucket tool enabling its option Lock Fill.