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Chapter 2. Creating Simple Graphics > Using the Oval and Rectangle Tools

Using the Oval and Rectangle Tools

Flash provides separate tools for drawing ovals and rectangles. The tools work quite similarly; both can draw a shape as an outline (just a stroke) or as a solid object (a fill). You can also create an object with a fill and a stroke simultaneously.

To draw an oval outline:

1.
In the Toolbox, select the oval tool, or press O (Figure 2.13).

Figure 2.13. The Toolbox with the oval tool selected.


2.
To activate the fill-color box, in the Colors section of the Toolbox, select the paint-bucket icon.

3.
To set fill color to none, do one of the following:

  • Click the fill-color box, and in the set of swatches that appears, click the No Color button (Figure 2.14).

    Figure 2.14. The No Color button appears in the pop-up set of fill swatches. Choosing No Color as the fill color with the oval tool allows you to create oval outlines.


  • In the Colors section of the Toolbox, click the No Color button (Figure 2.15).

    Figure 2.15. When the fill-color box is selected in the Colors section of the Toolbox, clicking the No Color button allows whatever tool you select to create a shape with no fill.


4.
Use the current stroke color and line weight or select new ones (see “Setting Stroke Attributes” earlier in this chapter).

5.
Move the pointer over the Stage.

The pointer turns into a crosshair.

6.
Click and drag to create an oval of the size and proportions you want (Figure 2.16).

Figure 2.16. Click the Stage, and drag to create an oval. You see a preview outline of your shape (top). Release the mouse button, and Flash creates an oval outline, using the current color, thickness, and style settings. In this case, the oval tool is set to black stroke color, no fill, dotted line style, and a stroke height of 1 point (bottom).


Flash displays an outline preview of the oval as you drag.

7.
Release the mouse button. Flash draws an oval outline.


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