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Chapter 3. Modifying Simple Graphics > Converting Lines to Fills

Converting Lines to Fills

Flash lets you convert lines and outlines (strokes) to fills, which you can then edit or fill with gradients. You can expand or contract a shape by a user-specified amount. And you can create soft-edged graphic elements. These conversions increase the number of curves that Flash creates and therefore may increase file size.

To convert a line to a fill:

1.
In the Toolbox, select the pencil tool.

2.
Draw a simple line on the Stage.

3.
Change to the arrow tool, and click the line to select it.

4.
From the Modify menu, choose Shape > Convert Lines to Fills (Figure 3.122).

Figure 3.122. Choose Modify > Shape > Convert Lines to Fills to transform strokes into fills. Flash converts the line to a fill shape that looks exactly like the line. You can now edit the “line’s” outline (or apply a gradient) as though you were working with a fill created with the brush tool (Figure 3.123).


Figure 3.123. You can convert an outline, such as this line drawn with the pencil tool (top), to a fill. The fill then has its own editable outlines (middle and bottom).



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