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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.

Deselecting Elements

No matter what method you use to select items, there is just one way to deselect individual elements when you have several selected: You must Shift-click with the selection tool to remove items from a selection.

To deselect individual items:

  1. In the Toolbar, select the selection tool.
  2. Hold down the Shift key.
  3. Click any highlighted lines or fills you want to remove from the current selection. Flash removes the highlighting from the item you just clicked ( Figure 3.12 ).

    Figure 3.12 With the selection tool selected, position the pointer over the element you want to remove from the selection (left). Shift-click the item to deselect it (right). Repeat the process to deselect another item.

To deselect everything:

  1. From the Edit menu, choose Deselect All, or press Shift- mac.jpg -A (Mac) or Ctrl-Shift-A (Windows) ( Figure 3.13 ).

    Figure 3.13 Choose Edit > Deselect All to remove selection highlighting from all the graphic elements on the stage.

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