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Chapter 4. Complex Graphics on a Single Layer

Chapter 4. Complex Graphics on a Single Layer

In chapters 2 and 3, you learned to make simple individual shapes from lines (strokes) and fills by using Macromedia Flash MX’s drawing tools. You learned to make a single oval and a lone rectangle, for example. In your movies, you’ll want to use many shapes together, and you’ll need to combine strokes and fills in complex ways. You might combine several ovals and rectangles to create a robot character, for example. To work effectively with complex graphics, you need to understand how Flash shapes interact when they are on the same layer or on different layers. In this chapter, you learn how to work with multiple shapes on one layer. To learn more about the concept of layers, see Chapter 5.

Two of Flash’s drawing tools—the brush tool and the eraser—offer special modes for use with multiple fills and strokes on a single layer. In this chapter, unless you are specifically requested to do otherwise, leave both tools at their default settings of Paint Normal (for the brush tool) and Erase Normal (for the eraser).

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