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Chapter 2. Creating Simple Graphics > Using the Pen Tool: Straight Line Segment...

Using the Pen Tool: Straight Line Segments

With most Flash tools, the math goes on behind the scenes. You draw a line or a shape, and Flash takes care of placing points that define the line segments and curves that make up that shape. The pen tool brings the process to center stage. The pen tool lets you place defining points (called anchor points) and adjust the curvature of the lines connecting them (using controllers called Bézier handles). You learn more about curves and handles in the following section of this chapter and in Chapter 3.

The path—the whole series of points and connecting lines created by the pen tool— is the skeleton of your object. When you've completed a path, Flash fleshes it out by applying a stroke to it.


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