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1. Getting Started > 1.2. Filling Shapes With Color

Filling Shapes With Color

If you went through the exercises in the preceding section and didn’t change the default colors, you should now have a blue box with a black border sitting on the Stage. Flash draws new shapes using whatever colors are already chosen in the Tools panel or Properties panel, which represent the shape’s fill and stroke colors. See the “Fills and Strokes” sidebar for details.

Figure 1-4 shows the strokes and fills of a simple rectangle and how the stroke appears when selected partially or in its entirety.

Strokes and Fills (a single-clicked stroke on a box Versus a Double-clicked Stroke On A Box)
Figure 1-4. Strokes and Fills (a single-clicked stroke on a box Versus a Double-clicked Stroke On A Box)

Solid Fills and Gradients

Next we’ll use new colors to create a gradient pattern. Gradients, which are a type of fill, are useful because they produce a smaller file size than bitmap images, while still creating interesting effects.


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