Drawing: Selecting Color 

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Drawing: Choosing Color 

206 Drawing
Flash Compatibility: Flash 8   (Also works in Flash MX04/Flash MX)

Written by: Andrei Doubrovski   from:   Meet the Flash

Editor: Phil Schulz

Length: 350 words

Assumed Knowledge: Minimal knowledge of Flash

Difficulty: Easy


Free Flash Tutorial

We already know how to choose a color - for a tool or created artwork - using the pop-up Swatches palette. Unfortunately, the range of choice in it is very narrow. What if we need some special color?

Cross Ref: Flash Drawing Tutorials 201 to 209 are a consecutive series and you may want to start from the beginning: Pencil Tool

Choosing Color

  1. Display the Color Mixer panel: Window > Color Mixer (Shift F9)

  2. Display Stroke Color Attributes:

  3. Choose a color within the: Color Field
  4. Choose a color with the: RGB Settings
  5. By default, the Color Mixer uses RGB model of color presentation that describes any color as a mix of red, green and blue constituents. Fine-tune your current color by moving R (red), G (green), and / or B (blue) sliders.

    Setting the RGB attributes.

  6. Display Fill Color Attributes:

    Note: An Alternative to the RGB color model is the HSB model representing colors through their Hue (color temperature), Saturation (color intensity or purity), and Brightness

  7. Select Hue Saturation Brightness color model: Panel Menu > HSB

  8. Set the color's temperature: Hue
  9. Set the color's intensity: Saturation
  10. Set the color: Brightness
  11. Note: Both color models have a opacity/transparency setting. This is changed through the Alpha setting. By reducing its value you can make your color's partially transparent, so that underlying objects & colors show through.

  12. Set the color's transparency: Alpha
  13. Note: It is also possible to change your background color.

  14. Click on an empty space in your document to: Deselect All
  15. Note: Now the Properties Inspector now displays the document attributes:

  16. Click on the: Background Color Button
  17. Note: White is the default background color.

  18. Choose some a: Background Color

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