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Hour 2. Drawing and Painting Original Ar... > Selecting and Transforming Objects

Selecting and Transforming Objects

Now that you've seen how to create lines, fills, shapes (with both lines and fills), and text, it's time to explore how to modify them. The process is simple. You select the object you want to modify by using the Selection tool and then you modify it. Selecting exactly what you want to modify is often the most challenging part. The following section looks at some of the fundamentals, and you'll learn even more about this in Hour 5.

Object Draw Mode Versus Merge Mode

Before I can discuss selecting objects you need to understand the difference between the two ways to create objects: Merge mode and (new to Flash 8) Object draw mode. By default, and any time you don't have the Object Drawing option selected in the Tools panel, you're in what's called Merge mode. In merge mode, all the drawing tools create shapes. These fills and lines are all drawn on the same plane meaning that if you draw two shapes on top of each other, the one drawn second will wipe away the shape underneath. This behavior can actually be used to your advantage although it is disorienting to many at first. Appendix A goes over some such tricks.


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