In this tutorial, I’ll show you the how to select, and edit graphics in Flash Professional 8.
The tools that I’ll cover in this tutorial are:
Free Transform Tool
How to use the Selection Tool?
As the name suggest, the Selection Tool is mainly used to Select objects. So, how do you use it?
How to use the Lasso Tool?
You can use the Lasso Tool to select irregular shaped graphics with precision. Fact is, you use it like the pencil tool.
1) click on Lasso Tool icon
2) click down, hold your mouse, and you can start drawing out the selection line
3) then release your mouse to select an object
How to use the Free Transform Tool?
You can use the free transform tool to rotate and change the size of objects. The word I’m going to substitute for ‘changing the size of an object’ is ‘resize’.
To rotate objects, hover your mouse at any of the 8 points around the object (after it is selected), until your mouse looks like the cursor in the image above. Click down, don’t release your mouse. Then, drag your mouse. The object’s rotation follows your mouse.
To resize objects, drag any of the 8 points around the object (after it is selected).
The tiny white circly dot is the pivot point. You can drag the point to different locations so that the object selected would be rotated based on the point (refer to image above).Strangely, In Flash 8, this does not apply when resizing objects. You can only resize an object based on it’s pivot point when it is a movieclip or graphic object. This will be discussed in later tutorials.
How to edit and change gradient colors?
You can edit gradient colors using the Gradient Transform tool. Read this post know more about the tool.
How to use the Eraser Tool?
Simply click on the tool, then start erasing.You basically use it like the pencil tool or Brush tool.
You can change the Eraser tool’s shape and size in Eraser Shape under Options (when Eraser tool is selected).
Eraser Shape button, under Options
Eraser shape list