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Chapter 4. Working with Groups, Symbols,... > Modifying Instance Properties

Modifying Instance Properties

You can alter the properties of an instance of a symbol without affecting the master symbol. Any transform applied to an instance can be animated with motion tweening. Flash will gradually draw the frames in between one transform to another. This is how you create movement in Flash. Change the scale of an instance or rotate and skew it. You can perform these functions interactively with the Free Transform tool. You can also add values in the Transform panel, or access additional Transform options in the program's Modify menu. Distort and Envelope cannot be applied to instances and are disabled in the Toolbar options when the Free Transform tool is selected.

Modify the Scale or Rotation

Select the instance on the Stage.

Click the Free Transform tool in the Toolbar.

TIMESAVER Press Q to quickly select the Free Transform tool.

Click the Scale or Rotate Modifier button in the Options section of the Toolbar.

Drag the small handles around the bounding box to change the size of the instance or rotate it.


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