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Chapter 2. Creating Simple Graphics

Chapter 2. Creating Simple Graphics

This chapter teaches you to use Macromedia Flash's drawing tools to create basic shapes from lines and solid colors or, in Flash terminology, strokes and fills.

Flash also lets you import graphics from other programs. If you create graphics in a program such as Macromedia FreeHand or Adobe Illustrator, you can import them into Flash for animation (see Chapter 7).

For the first time, in version 5, Flash offers the option of drawing with Bézier curves, using the new pen tool. The pen works similarly to the Bézier tool in other graphics programs. For those who are unfamiliar with Bézier tools or who want to sketch freely, Flash continues to offer its natural drawing tools, with various levels of assistance. Flash's assistance can change a basically straight line that bobbles a bit to one that's perfectly straight. Flash also can smooth curves so that they flow beautifully instead of in jaggy fits and starts.

You can edit all shapes, even those drawn with the natural drawing tools, with the Bézier subselection tool. You also can correct a shape by tugging on its outline. (To learn about editing shapes, see Chapter 3.)


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