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Chapter 2. Creating Simple Graphics > Breaking Apart Text

Breaking Apart Text

Flash allows you to break apart text—that is, divide one text block containing multiple editable characters into multiple blocks, each containing one editable character. This feature allows you to scale, reposition, or distort individual letters. (You learn to make these kinds of modifications to graphic elements in Chapter 3.) The ability to place letters in separate text boxes also comes in handy for animating text. (You learn more about animation techniques in chapters 8 through 11.)

To divide text blocks into single-letter text boxes:

1.
Using the techniques from the preceding exercises, create a block of text.

2.
While the text tool’s blinking insertion point is still in the text box, choose Modify > Break Apart (Figure 2.73).

Figure 2.73. Choose Modify > Break Apart to place each letter of a text block in its own text box.


Flash places each letter in its own text box and selects all the text boxes. Each text box is just wide enough to hold one letter. Each letter is fully editable on its own, though the group is no longer linked.


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