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Chapter 7. Drawing Vector Shapes > Creating Vector Shapes

Creating Vector Shapes

Instead of being composed of an array of pixels of various colors, like a bitmap, a vector shape is defined by a geometrical description: line thickness, fill color, line slope, and so on. You create a vector shape by plotting points to define a path and by controlling the cur-vature of the line between the points (Figure 7.1). In Director 8, a single vector-shape cast member can consist of multiple distinct shapes (Figure 7.2). If you have used any vector drawing programs, such as Freehand or Illustrator, these techniques will be familiar.

Figure 7.1. You create a vector shape by specifying a set of points through which a line passes and controlling the curvature of the line between the points.



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