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Modify Simple Graphics in Flash MX 2004

Chapter Description

Flash back to Macromedia Flash MX 2004 for a retro tutorial on how to modify simple graphics in Flash! If you're still using Macromedia Flash MX 2004, you'll want to sneak a peek at this sample chapter, which shows you how to use the selection, lasso, and subselection tools to select and modify graphics. You'll also learn about using the Property Inspector and other panels to modify elements' attributes.

Modifying Fill Colors

Flash provides two methods for modifying the color of an existing fill. You can use the paint-bucket tool to apply the current fill settings to an unselected fill shape, or you can select the fill shape on the Stage and then choose a new fill color via the fill-color box in the Color Mixer panel, the Toolbar, or the Property Inspector.

To change fill color with the paint-bucket tool and Color Mixer panel:

  1. In the Toolbar, select the paint-bucket tool, or press K. Modifiers for fills appear in the Options section of the Toolbar ( Figure 3.75 ).

    Figure 3.75 The paint-bucket tool lets you modify fills without first selecting them.

  2. In the Color Mixer panel, set the following attributes:
    • From the Fill Style menu, choose Solid.
    • Click the fill-color box, and choose a new color from the swatch set.
    The fill-color boxes in both the Color Mixer and the Toolbar display the selected color, and the paint bucket is ready to apply the new fill color.
  3. Click the paint bucket's hot spot (the tip of the drip of paint) somewhere inside the fill you want to change. The shape fills with the new color ( Figure 3.76 ).

    Figure 3.76 Clicking a fill with the paint bucket applies whatever color is selected in the fill-color box. Use this technique to change existing unselected fills.

To modify selected fills with the Color Mixer panel:

  1. Using the selection tool, select one or more fills on the Stage.
  2. In the Color Mixer panel, click the fill-color box, and choose a new color from the swatch set. Flash changes all selected fills to whatever color you chose in the Color Mixer panel ( Figure 3.77 ).

    Figure 3.77 Select one or more fills for modification (top). Choose a new color from the Color Mixer panel's fill-color box (middle). Flash changes the color of all the fills in your selection (bottom).

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