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Chapter 3. Creating Graphics > Creating Gradients

Creating Gradients

Flash can create a number of paint effects in addition to solid colors. Gradients are made up of two or more colors that gradually fade into each other. They can be used to give depth to an object or create realistic shadows. The two gradient modes are linear and radial. Linear gradients are made up of parallel bands of color. Radial gradients radiate from a center point. Both can be edited for color, alpha, and position within a fill. A gradient behaves like any other fill. It can be saved to the palette as a swatch and added to other shapes with the Paint Bucket tool.

Create a Three-Color Linear Gradient

Select the fill of a shape on the Stage with the Arrow Selection tool.

In the Color Mixer panel, click the Fill Style popup, and then click Linear.

If necessary, click the small triangle on the bottom of the panel to open the gradient preview and color picker.

Position the pointer on the Gradient bar to display a plus (+) sign next to the pointer.

Click in the center of the Gradient bar to create a third color proxy indicated by a little box with a triangle on top.

Click one of the three color proxy indicators to select it.

Click a new color from the Color Picker below.

Drag the color proxy indicator along the Gradient bar to adjust the placement of the color along the gradient.

Did You Know?

You can remove a proxy color indicator. In the Color Mixer, drag the proxy indicator down.

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