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Flash 101 (part 1): The Hammer And The Chisel
An introduction to the various drawing and selection tools available in Macromedia Flash.


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Flashy Sports Cars

Flash-based Web sites have one thing in common with expensive sports cars - each time you see one, you experience a faint tinge of envy that yours doesn't look quite as good...

Well, envy no more.

Designed especially for new users, this tutorial will get you up to speed on everything you need to know to begin designing your very own Flash animations and movies. Before long, you'll be the toast of the town, and people will be throwing themselves (not to mention bags of the green stuff) at you in the hope that you will condescend to apply your Flash wizardry to their dull, boring staton wagons...uhhh, Web sites.


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Picasso Beware!

In case clean lines aren't your thing, Flash also makes provision for the Picasso in you with its Brush tool, which allows you to draw brush strokes with your mouse. The Brush tool can be activated with the keyboard shortcut B.

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Once you've selected the Brush tool, you should also select a fill colour from the colour picker below the tool set - this is the colour in which your brush strokes will appear. This is also a good time to select brush type and size modifiers from the options available.

All done? You can paint with the Brush tool just as you would draw with the Pencil tool - drag the mouse pointer while holding down the mouse button.

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One of the Brush tool's most powerful features is its ability to selectively paint areas of your images. This power comes to you courtesy of the "brush mode" modifier, which allows you to work in:

"normal" mode (also known as "paint over everything" mode);

"paint inside" mode (which constrains brush strokes to a specific area);

"paint behind" mode (which constrains brush strokes to the empty area behind an object, leaving the object unaffected);

or "paint fills" mode (which paints both filled and empty areas and leaves lines unaffected)


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Stretching Yourself

Thus far, everything you've read has been about drawing different shapes and filling them with colour. But once you've drawn an object, Flash also allows you to modify it further by scaling it, rotating it or grouping it with other objects.

In order to modify an object (or a group of objects), you need to first select it (them) with the Arrow or Lasso tool (you can select more than one object by holding down the Shift key at the time of selection.) You also have the option of treating multiple objects as a single "group" - this allows you to manipulate more than one object at a time. You can group objects by selecting them and using the Modify->Group menu item (the grouped items will appear in an enclosed box.)

Once you have your object or group the way you want it, you can

delete the object (or group) by hitting the Delete key;

move the object (or group) by click-dragging the selected object (or group);

copy the object (or group) by holding down the Alt key and click-dragging the selected object (or group);

scale the object (or group) via the Windows->Panels->Transform panel. You can also scale an object by right-clicking the object (or group), picking the "Scale" option, and dragging the scaling handles that appear at the corners of the objects. Dragging a corner handle scales the object along both X- and Y-axes without affecting the aspect ratio, while dragging any other handle scales the object along that axis only.

rotate the object (or group) via the Windows->Panels->Transform tool panel, or via the "Rotate" option on the right-click menu;

skew the object (or group) via the Windows->Panels->Transform tool panel;

flip the object via the Modify->Transform->Flip Vertical and Modify->Transform->Flip Vertical menu items;

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