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Controlling Color

Choosing colors in Flash is a matter of personal choice. You can use any color or color combination you want. In the following sections you'll learn how to create and save color swatches to easily create customized color palettes for movies. This will help you ensure a color theme is maintained throughout a Flash Movie or an entire site. You'll also see how to create and control gradients.

Creating Solid and Gradient Swatches

In Hour 2, “Drawing and Painting Original Art in Flash,” anytime 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 panel or Properties panel. Clicking the fill color exposes all the swatches that are currently available. By default, only 216 “web-safe” colors are available. If your computer's display can show only 256 colors (that is, “8 bit”), it is recommended that you use only colors within the web-safe selection of 216 colors. 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 this topic might be best for a history book. You can create any color you want.


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