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Chapter 3. Modifying Simple Graphics > Putting Gradients to Work

Putting Gradients to Work

In “Creating New Gradients” earlier in this chapter, you learned how to create color blends. Flash treats gradients just like any other fill. You use the paint-bucket tool to fill outline shapes with a gradient and the brush tool to create freeform swashes of gradient color.

To fill a shape (or replace a solid fill) with a linear gradient:

1.
In the Toolbox, select the paint-bucket icon.

2.
In the Color Mixer panel, define a new linear gradient.

or

From the Color Swatches panel or from the fill-color box in the Toolbox or Property Inspector, choose an existing linear gradient.

3.
Click the paint bucket’s hot spot (the tip of the drip of paint) somewhere inside the outline shape or within the existing fill (Figure 3.108).

Figure 3.108. You can use the paint-bucket tool to apply a linear-gradient fill.


The shape fills with the linear gradient currently displayed in the fill-color boxes.


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