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Chapter 3. Creating Graphics > Selecting Strokes with the Arrow Tool

Selecting Strokes with the Arrow Tool

There are a variety of ways to select objects in Flash. You can select an object's stroke or fill or both. You can use the Arrow tool to select parts of the object or drag over a portion of it to create a selection rectangle. The Property Inspector displays the properties of what is selected including Stroke line weight and style, Fill color, pixel dimensions, and X and Y coordinates. When a stroke or fill is selected, a dotted pattern appears over it indicating it has been selected. This makes editing and modifying graphics simple and illustrates the versatility of the vector-based graphics model used in Flash.

Select a Stroke with the Arrow Selection Tool

Click the Arrow tool in the Toolbar.

The pointer becomes an arrow.

TIMESAVER Press V to select the Arrow tool.

Position the arrow on the edge of the shape.

Notice that Flash displays a small curved line icon when you position the arrow over a Curve point and a corner line icon when over a Corner point.

Click on any part of the stroke.

Flash only selects a portion of it. This is because what appears to be one whole shape is actually a series of lines connected by points and each can be selected separately.

Select Multiple Stroke Segments

Click the Arrow tool in the Toolbar.

The pointer becomes an arrow.

TIMESAVER Press V to select the Arrow tool. You can temporarily switch to the Arrow tool from any other tool by pressing (Mac) or Ctrl (Win).

Click on any part of the stroke to select one segment.

Hold down the Shift key, and then click other strokes to add them to the selection.

Did You Know?

You can turn off the Shift-select feature in the General tab of the Preferences dialog box. When this feature is disabled, you can add to the selected segments by clicking them without the need to hold down the Shift key. In this mode, holding the Shift key and clicking a selected stroke segment deselects that segment.


Select Connected Stroke Segments

Click the Arrow tool in the Toolbar.

The pointer becomes an arrow.

Double-click any part of the segment or stroke to select all connected strokes.

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