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Chapter 2. Creating Simple Graphics > Controlling the Amount of Assistance You ...

Controlling the Amount of Assistance You Get

Flash helps you by straightening line segments, recognizing shapes, and smoothing curves as you draw them with the various pencil-tool modifiers discussed in the preceding sections. The degree of assistance depends on the settings you pick in the Editing tab of the Preferences dialog box. The settings are relative to the resolution of your monitor and the amount of magnification you're using to view the Stage. At 100 percent magnification with the setting Can Be Distant, for example, Flash recognizes and closes an oval that has a gap of 8 to 10 pixels between its beginning and ending points. But bump up the magnification to 400 percent, and Flash refuses to close a gap of 8 to 10 pixels. You must get the shape's end points within around 2 pixels of each other before Flash will recognize the gap and close the shape for you.

To set the degree of assistance:

From the Edit menu, choose Preferences.

The Preferences dialog box appears.

Figure 2.27. Smooth Curves determines how much Flash alters the curve you've drawn to make it smoother.

Choose the Editing tab of the Preferences dialog box (Figure 2.25).

Figure 2.25. Choose Edit > Preferences, and select the Editing tab to set the amount of assistance Flash gives you in smoothing and recognizing shapes.

Figure 2.28. Recognize Lines determines how close to straight a line must be before Flash removes all curves and changes it to a straight line segment.

Figure 2.29. Recognize Shapes determines how nearly ovoid or rectangular a shape must be for Flash to transform it to a perfect oval or rectangle.

In the Drawing Settings section of the dialog box, choose one of the options from the pop-up menu (Figure 2.26 through Figure 2.30).

Figure 2.26. Connect Lines controls how close the beginning and ending points of an oval or rectangle must be before Flash closes them for you.

Figure 2.30. Click Accuracy determines how close you must get to a line segment with the arrow pointer to select that segment.

Your choices range from turning the feature off to having Flash give you the highest degree of assistance.



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