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Selecting Strokes with the Selection Tool

There are several ways to select objects in Flash. You can select an object’s stroke or fill or both. You can use the Selection 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 Selection Tool

  1. Click the Selection tool on the Tools panel.

    The pointer becomes an arrow.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  1. Click the Selection tool on the Tools panel.

    The pointer becomes an arrow.

  2. Click on any part of the stroke to select one segment.
  3. Hold down the Shift key, and then click other strokes to add them to the selection.

Select Connected Stroke Segments

  1. Click the Selection tool on the Tools panel.

    The pointer becomes an arrow.

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

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