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The Drawing Toolbar
|by Ankur Kamthe|
Knowing Flash is knowing how to make optimal use of your toolbars. The most important of which is the drawing toolbar. This toolbar is located on your extreme left and will look somewhat similar to what you see in the figure. It has options like line, oval, brush, eraser, etc along with their various modifiers. The letter in brackets is the shortcut key for each tool. Using the shortcut keys instead of using your mouse will help do things in a faster way.Let's see what these tools can do for us
Arrow Tool (A):
The modifier section of the Lasso tool contains:
The modifier section of the text tool contains:
The modifier section allows you to change
You can draw rectangles using this tool. The modifier section contains
Pencil Tool (P):
Use this to draw lines and shapes. Modifier section will contain
Used to paint filled shapes on your movie
Use this to add a line to a shape or modify an existing line. Modifiers will allow you to change:
Fills unfilled outlines and changes the fill color of existing fills or shapes
Picks up a fill or line style when you click on a shape or line. It has no modifiers.
Eraser Tool (E):
Deletes portions of lines and shapes in the movie
When the Stage is magnified, you may not be able to see all of it. The hand tool lets you move the Stage so that the view changes without making you change the magnification.
Magnifier Tool (M):
It gives you the ability to enlarge or reduce the view of the movie. If you drag a rectangle around a certain area it will zoom in to that specific area. Using the Alt key will allow you to toggle between Zoom in and Zoom out modes.
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