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Chapter 6. Saving and Reusing Graphic El... > Creating New Symbols from Scratch

Creating New Symbols from Scratch

You can avoid the conversion process described in the preceding section by creating graphics directly in the symbol-editing mode. This makes all the tools, frames, and layers of the Flash editor available, but Flash defines the element you are creating as a symbol from the start.

To create a new symbol:

1.
To enter symbol-editing mode, do one of the following:

  • From the Insert menu, choose New Symbol, or press -F8 (Mac) or Ctrl-F8 (Windows).

  • From the Library window's Options menu, choose New Symbol (Figure 6.17).

    Figure 6.17. From the Library window's Options menu choose New Symbol to create a symbol from scratch.

  • In the bottom-left corner of the Library window, click the New Symbol button (Figure 6.18).

    Figure 6.18. Click the Library window's New Symbol button to create a symbol from scratch.

The Symbol Properties dialog box appears.

2.
Type a name for your symbol.

3.
Choose Graphic as the behavior for your symbol.

4.
Click OK.

Flash enters symbol-editing mode. Flash displays the name of the symbol you are creating at the top-left side of the document window and places a crosshair in the center of the Stage (Figure 6.19). The crosshair indicates the symbol's center and acts as a registration mark, aiding you in aligning the symbol when you use it in a movie.

Figure 6.19. In symbol-editing mode, the name of the symbol being worked on appears at the top of the document window.


5.
Create your graphic on the Stage of the symbol editor as you would in the regular editing environment.

6.
Return to movie-editing mode, and do one of the following:

  • From the Edit menu, choose Edit Movie. Flash returns you to the current scene.

  • In the top-left corner of the document window, click the Current Scene button (Figure 6.20). Flash returns you to the current scene.

    Figure 6.20. Click the Current Scene button to return to movie-editing mode.

  • From the Scene pop-up menu in the top-right corner of the document window, choose a scene (Figure 6.21). Flash takes you to that scene.

    Figure 6.21. Choose a scene from the scene pop-up menu to return to movie-editing mode.


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