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Isolating Objects

So far, you've spent a lot of time drawing and modifying what you've drawn. Now you're going to learn how to pick up and move or remove specific portions of your drawings. The truth is that drawing shapes in Flash is so easy that sometimes starting over rather than trying to fix a graphic is just as easy. However, in this section, you gain the power to isolate parts of your drawings so you don't have to keep starting over.

The most basic isolation technique is to make simple selections. By now, you know that to move a line, you must click once (to select it) and then click again to drag it. You might have noticed that if a line has any corners (or kinks) in it, a single click on the line selects just the portion of the line you clicked. For example, draw a rectangle (with a stroke) and single-click the stroke—only that side of the rectangle becomes selected. But when you double-click, you get the entire outline. This won't work with an oval because there are no kinks—you'll get the whole outline with one click. Similarly, clicking the fill once selects only the fill, but double-clicking selects both the fill and the outline.


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