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Chapter 4. Text > What Is Text?

What Is Text?

Because Flash more closely resembles a graphics program than a word-processing one, it handles text in a unique way. Any group of characters you type in Flash (such as a paragraph) starts out as a self-contained entity on the stage that you can resize, rotate, and move as a single object (Figure 4.1). As long as they remain in their original state, you can reedit these text elements using any of the available text tools. However, if you break apart a text element, you can no longer edit it as text. Instead, the individual characters are converted into shapes, which you can reshape and dress up in ways you couldn't with normal text. Later in the chapter, we'll discuss the implications of breaking up text objects as well as some of the ways you can improve the look of your text by doing so.

Figure 4.1. Text blocks are groups of characters that you work with as a whole.


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