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Creating Graphics

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Changing Stroke and Fill Colors

Artwork created in Flash can have strokes and fills. Strokes and fills behave differently and are edited in different ways. A stroke is an outline. It describes the edges of a shape or it can be a simple line. You can create strokes with the Line tool or the Pencil tool. A fill is a solid shape, often contained or surrounded by a stroke. It is the surface area of a shape and can be a color, gradient, texture, or bitmap. Fills can be created with the Paintbrush tool and the Paint Bucket tool. The Oval, Rectangle, and Pen tool can create shapes with either a stroke or a fill, or both. You can edit the characteristics of strokes and fills, such as color, in several ways. If the shape is selected on the Stage, a color change to a stroke or fill can be made in any of the color palettes. Because Flash uses vectors to describe shapes, you can change their properties as much as you want without any loss in quality. It is important to grasp the concept behind them because they are the basis for drawing in Flash.

Change the Stroke Color

  • circle1.jpg Click the Arrow tool in the Toolbar.
  • circle2.jpg Select the stroke of the shape by double-clicking it.
  • circle3.jpg Click the Stroke color box in the Toolbar.
  • circle4.jpg Select a new color from the palette.

Change the Fill Color

  • circle1.jpg Click the Arrow tool in the Toolbar.

    The pointer becomes an arrow.

  • circle2.jpg Click the fill of the shape to select it.

    This is the area inside the stroke.

  • circle3.jpg Click the Fill color box in the Toolbar.
  • circle4.jpg Select a new color from the palette.
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