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Colors and Gradients

Choosing colorsin Flash is a matter of personal choice. Although you must take into account some technical considerations when publishing to the Web, generally you can use any color or color combination you want. In this section you'll learn how to create and save color swatches to easily create customized color palettes for your movie. You'll also see how gradients can be created and used.

Creating Solid and Gradient Swatches

In Hour 2, “Drawing and Painting Original Art in Flash,” any time you wanted to color a line or fill, you selected the swatch of your choice from the fill color or stroke controls in the Tools or Properties panel. Clicking the fill color exposes all the swatches currently available. By default, only 216 “Web-safe” colors are available. For users whose computer's display can only show 256 colors (“8 bit”), it is recommended that you only use colors within the selection of 216. The remaining 40 colors are used in the browser's buttons and menus for different platforms and may not display as expected. Most likely, your users will not be limited to 256 colors, so you can create your own colors.


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