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Lesson 1. Flash Basics > Rotating and Scaling Elements

Rotating and Scaling Elements

You can scale and rotate lines, fills, and other elements on the stage. By selecting a shape and choosing Modify > Transform > Scale, you can grab one of the handles bounding the fill or line to make the fill or line larger or smaller. By choosing Modify > Transform > Rotate, you can skew lines and fills and turn them in other directions. You can make numeric transformations by choosing Modify > Transform > Scale and Rotate to open the Scale and Rotate dialog box.

1.
Make sure that you still have the file you worked with in the preceding exercise open. Choose Modify > Transform > Scale and Rotate.

The Scale and Rotate dialog box opens.

2.
Use the arrow tool to select the red oval on the left side of the stage. In the Scale and Rotate dialog box, type 50 in the Scale text box and 45 in the Rotate text box; then click OK.

When you click OK, the dialog box closes. The oval becomes half the size it was before you applied the transformation (50%), and is rotated 45 degrees.

You can use the Scale and Rotate dialog box to apply precise transformations to elements on the stage. Also, you can scale and rotate an element at the same time when you use this dialog box.

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Remember to double-click with the arrow tool to select both the fill and the stroke of the red oval. A single click selects only the fill.

3.
Select the blue circle near the middle of the stage. Choose Modify > Transform > Scale, or click the scale button in the Options area of the toolbar. Drag the handles that appear around the circle to make it taller.

A set of rectangular handles appears around the element. You can drag these handles to scale the selected element horizontally, vertically, or both. Just drag one of the corner handles to scale the selected element proportionally, or drag one of the center handles to scale the element horizontally or vertically.

4.
Select the magenta circle on the right side of the stage. Choose Modify > Transform > Rotate, or click the rotate button in the Options area of the toolbar. Use the handles that appear around the circle to skew it to the right.

When you choose the Rotate command or button, a set of circular handles appears around the element. Drag the center handles to skew the element, and use the corner handles to rotate it. To skew the circle to the right, drag the top-center handle to the right. You can see the results of your work in the figure below.

5.
Save the file as shapes2.fla in the MyWork folder. Close the file when you're done.

You're done with this file, but if you want to practice modifying shapes later, you can open this file and work on it some more.


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