Flash Templates Tutorials - PARAMETERS
Setting drawing parameters. File / Assistant contains a number of parameters that affect the drawing tools. Each parameter can be enabled or disabled, and also contains a number of properties for each parameter. Selecting one (except for OFF property) from the parameter properties you enable it. The parameter values are relative and depend on the resolution of your monitor and the current increase of Scene. As in the case of drawing in general, zoom in provides the best possible control.
Snap to Grid determines how close the end of the drawing line must be to the line grid before its ultimate point faces a grid.
Available properties: Off (the option is disabled), Must be Close, Normal, Can be Distant, and Always nap. Connect Lines determine how close the end of your drawing line should be located relative to any other line before the end point of your line connects the nearest point of another line.
Available properties: Off, Must be Close, Normal, and Can be Distant.
Smooth Curves sets the smoothing property needed to curve lines drawn with the help of some tool.
Pencil is used when the drawing mode is set to Straighten or Smooth (It is easier to change the shape of smooth lines, while the rough lines coincide with the original lines).
Available properties: Off, Rough, Normal and Smooth.
Note: You can further smooth the existing sites of the curve by using Modify / Curves / Smooth and Modify / Curves / Optimize.
Recognize Lines determine how straight should be a line segment withdrawn before Flash recognizes it and makes it absolutely straight.
Available properties: Off, Strict, Normal and Tolerant.
Note: Even if the option Recognize Lines is disabled while you are drawing, you can straighten lines later by selecting one or more segments and selecting Modify / Curves / Straighten.
Recognize Shapes controls how accurate you should draw circles, ovals, squares, rectangles, and 90 ° and 180 ° curves for them to recognize geometric shapes in them and carefully redraw them.
Available properties: Off), Strict, Normal and Tolerant.
Note: If this option is disabled when you are drawing, you can straighten lines later by selecting two or more shapes (e.g. connected lines segments) and selecting Modify / Curves / Straighten.
Click Accuracy defines how close a pointer should be to the element before Flash recognizes the element.
Increasing zoom in using Magnifier will help make the changes easier and more accurate.
Lines straightening and smoothing - you can change lines and create a outlines forms by straightening and smoothing them.
By selecting File / Assistant you can customize the degree of smoothing and straightening automatically. For minor adjustments of lines and curves that you have already drawn, use Straighten option at Arrow toolbar or select Modify / Curves / Straighten.
Straightening does not affect those segments that are already direct. You can also use a straightening technique for creating forms, recognizable in Flash. Flash makes any drawn circle, oval, square, triangle and curve geometrically correct with the option Recognize shapes established at OFF mode. Flash does not recognize shapes connected with other ones.
The option Recognize shapes makes objects of the top range into the objects of the lower one. Smoothing reduces curves and reduces convexity as well as other deviations in the general direction of the curve. Smoothing also reduces the number of segments of the curve. However, smoothing function is relative and does not affect the direct segments.
Smoothing is particularly useful in cases when you have a problem with changing shape of short several short line segments. When selecting all segments and smoothing them, you can reduce the number of segments, and thereby create a more flat curve, the shape of which is easier to change. The repeated use of anti-aliasing or straightening makes each segment smoother and straighter, depending on how curved or straight it was initially.
In order to smooth the curve of any selected shape or a curved line: Select Arrow tool in the tool bar, click Smooth option, or you can select Modify Smooth / Curves / Smooth.
In order to straighten the curve of any selected shape or a curved line: Select Arrow and click Straighten.
In order to use Shape recognition: Select Arrow tool, and click Straighten or select Modify / Curves / Straighten.
Optimizing curves. Another way to smooth curves is to optimize them. It improves the curved lines and shape outlines, thereby reducing the number of curves. Optimizing curves also reduces the size *. Fla file and the size of the exported swf file. By using Smooth on the toolbar or a menu command, you can apply optimization to the same element multiple times. To optimize curves do the following: Select the drawn items that you want to optimize and select Modify / Curves / Optimize.
In Optimize Curves dialog box, use slider to determine the degree of smoothing. The exact results depend on the selected curves. Actually, optimization produces fewer curves, with fewer semblance of the original outlines. Set the additional options: enable Use Multiple Passes for the recurrence of smoothing process until further optimization can not be performed; enable Show Totals Message so that Flash displayed the message window indicating the degree of optimization when smoothing is over.
Snapping helps you automatically align elements with each other and the grid. If Snap option is enabled, there is a small black ring appeared under the mouse pointer when you drag an element on the scene. Flash displays a larger ring when two points can be accurately aligned and fixed. To enable or disable Snap option: Select Arrow and click Snap in the toolbar. Select View / Snap.
If this option is enabled, then next to this option in the View menu you will see a tick. When moving or changing elements, there is a checkpoint like a ring appeared under the cursor on an element.
To speed up the changes taking place on the scene: Select the option of the display: View / Outlines or View / Fast.
Use View / Antialias and View / Antialias Text only to preview your work.
With these parameters Flash works much slower than with View / Outlines or View / Fast. Use simple lines with drawing of smoothing shapes. Bizarre lines from the repetitive or hatched templates can take a lot more time to redraw them than simple lines.