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Chapter 3. Creating Graphics > Creating Custom Colors

Creating Custom Colors

Each Flash document has it’s own color palette. The color palette displays as swatches when you access a color box or panel. The default color palette is the Web-safe palette of 216 colors. Flash allows you to edit and create new colors for strokes and fills in several ways in the Color Mixer panel. You can alter a color’s RGB values (assigning it different levels of Red, Green or Blue), Hue, Saturation, Brightness, and Alpha (transparency). You can accomplish this by using sliders, dragging on a color-space, or entering a numeric value that corresponds to a specific color. In each case you can save your color into the palette for easy access.

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Create a Custom Color by Entering a Value

1.
Open or expand the Color Mixer panel.

2.
Enter values between 0 and 255 in the RGB numeric entry boxes.

3.
Enter an alpha value between 0 and 100.

4.
Click the Options button in the panel, and then click Add Swatch.

Did You Know?

You can alter the RGB values with the sliders located to the right of the numeric entry boxes. Click the small triangles, and then drag the sliders that appear. Additionally, you can drag the cursor over the Color space bar at the bottom of the Color Mixer panel to change the color interactively.

You can also specify a color using a hexadecimal number in the Color Mixer. A hexadecimal number is an internal computer numbering scheme that is used to identify colors in a color palette.


Create a Custom Color with the Color Picker

1.
Click a Stroke or Fill color box in the Toolbar or the Property Inspector.

2.
Click the Color Wheel button to the far right of the palette.

3.
Click a color from one of the available pickers (Mac) or from the Color Window (Win).

4.
Click OK.

Did You Know?

You can import and export solid and gradient color palettes between Flash files and other applications. You can share color palettes between applications, such as Macromedia Fireworks and Adobe Photoshop. Click the Window menu, and then click Color Swatches. Click the Options button on the panel, and then click Add Colors or Replace Colors to import colors from a color palette, or click Save Colors to export as a color palette.


For Your Information

Working with Color Palettes

Each Flash file stores its own color palette, Web safe 216 by default. If you change color in the default color palette, you can save the new palette as the default or change back to the Web safe 216 default. To view the color palette, click the Window menu, and then click Color Swatches. To load or save the default palette, click the Options button in the Color Swatches panel, and then click Load Default Colors or Save As Default. To reload the Web-safe color palette, click the Options button, and then click Web 216.


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