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Reshaping Lines

Flash makes drawing easy by allowing you to reshape every line or element you create. The arrow tool lets you simply grab a point and give it a tug. The subselection tool gives you precise control of reshaping by allowing you to manipulate anchor points and Bézier control handles directly.

To change the direction of a line segment (arrow or subselection tool):

1.
Using the arrow or subselection tool, position the pointer over the line segment's end point.

The corner-point modifier appears with the arrow tool.

The anchor-point modifier appears with the subselection tool.

2.
Click and drag the end point to a new location that changes the line's direction (Figure 3.41).

Figure 3.41. Using the arrow tool (left) or subselection tool (right), click the line's end point and drag it to a new position. You can pivot the line and change its angle as you would when creating a line with the straight-line tool. Flash redraws the line. With the subselection tool, when you release the mouse button, the path is selected and its anchor points are highlighted.


3.
Release the mouse button.

Flash redraws the line.


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