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Modifying Shapes with the Selection Tool

In Flash, unlike other vector drawing programs, you can edit shapes and lines in a unique, freeform way by simply dragging with the Arrow Selection tool. You can quickly adjust the curve or corner of a shape or line without having to select anchor points or use any other tools. This way of editing shapes is also useful for creating shape tweens where amorphous, organic movement is desired. This is what sets Flash apart from other animation tools and gives it its distinctive style. Additionally, you can convert curved line segments into corner points with this simple drag technique.

Use the Selection Tool to Modify a Shape

  1. Click the Oval tool on the Tools panel and then create a simple oval shape.

  2. Click the Selection tool on the Tools panel.

    The pointer becomes an arrow.

  3. Make sure the shape you want to modify is not selected.
  4. Position the pointer on the edge of the shape, and then drag to modify the shape.

    You can pull the curve to any position.

Convert Line Segments with the Selection Tool

  1. Create a simple oval shape using the Oval tool.

  2. Click the Selection tool on the Tools panel.

    The pointer becomes an arrow.

  3. Make sure the shape you want to modify is not selected.
  4. Position the pointer on the edge of the shape.

  5. Press Option+drag (Mac) or Alt+drag (Win) to create a corner point.
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