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Chapter 3. Creating Shape Tweens > Using the Drawing Tools

Using the Drawing Tools

The drawing tools in Flash let you create a variety of simple to complex vector lines, shapes, and brush strokes. There are many properties available that you can manipulate to construct original and creative designs without leaving Flash. For example, you can skew objects to create depth or use brush modifiers with a graphics tablet that respond to the pressure you apply with a stylus.

As discussed in Chapter 2, vectors are mathematical calculations of curves, lines, color, and position. Vectors are resolution-independent, which means that you can scale the vector graphic up or down (larger or smaller) without losing quality. When you scale a bitmap, you typically see jagged edges caused by the scaling. However, vectors remain clear, smooth, and accurate regardless of scale. This is why vector graphics in Flash are a great medium for animation: you can tween shapes larger and smaller, yet retain a high level of quality and small file size. Therefore, vectors are great for the web.


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