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Hour 1. Basics > Task: Change Your View on the Stage

Task: Change Your View on the Stage

In this task, you'll explore view settings. Follow these steps:

Open Flash. You'll be faced with a blank, unsaved document called Untitled 1.

Instead of working from scratch, open an existing file. Select File, Open and find the file called stiletto.fla. It should be located adjacent to your installed version of Flash inside a folder called FlashIntro, which is inside the Tutorials folder. In Windows, this is most likely under this path C:\ProgramFiles\Macromedia\FlashMX\Tutorials\FlashIntro\.

Notice the zoom control at the top right of the Stage (see Figure 1.4). This control provides one way to change your current view setting. Other ways include using the View, Magnification menu and the Zoom tool (the magnifier button in the Tools panel), which you'll see in more detail next hour.

Figure 1.4. The zoom control allows you to zoom in on or zoom out of the Stage. This has no effect on what your audience sees.

Change the zoom control to 400%. Notice how everything is bigger. You haven't really changed anything, except your view of the screen.

Likely you can't see the whole Stage (unless you have a huge monitor). However, you can view the other parts of the Stage in one of two ways: by using the standard window scrollbars on the right and bottom or by using the Hand tool. The Hand tool is best accessed by simply holding down your spacebar. Go ahead and hold down the spacebar; then click and drag. You're panning to other parts of the stage without actually moving anything. It's important to understand that the Hand tool only changes your view port onto the whole Stage. The best thing about using the spacebar to select the Hand tool is that it's “spring loaded”—that is, the Hand tool is only active while you hold down the spacebar. Next hour, you'll learn about other spring-loaded tools.

Now change the View control to Show All. No matter what your screen size, Flash scales the Stage to fit your window.

Several interesting tools are available from the View menu, including grids and guides. Select View, Grid, Show Grid. Behind all the graphics onstage, you'll see a grid (which the user won't see), as shown in Figure 1.5. You'll see next hour how the grid can help you line up graphics perfectly. Notice that from View, Grid you can select Edit Grid, where you can edit the color and spacing of the grid. Turn off the grid now by selecting View, Grid, Show Grid (so that there's no check mark next to this menu item).

Figure 1.5. Turning on the grid allows you to align objects.

Guides are just like the grid, except that you drag them into place where you want. First, select View Rulers (so that there's a check mark next to this item). Now you can click either ruler and drag toward the stage to create and put into place a single guide, as shown in Figure 1.6. You make vertical guides by dragging from the left-side ruler and horizontal guides by dragging from the top ruler. To remove the guides, drag them back to the ruler. As with the grid, you'll find the option to edit the guide settings from View, Guides, Edit Guides… in addition to a way to lock the guides in place.

Figure 1.6. Guides are similar to the grid, but you can position the vertical and horizontal lines wherever you want.

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