Drawing: Selection Tools
Flash Compatibility: Flash 8 (Also works in Flash MX04/Flash MX)
Written by: Andrei Doubrovski from: Meet the Flash
Editor: Phil Schulz
Length: 700 words
Assumed Knowledge: Minimal knowledge of Flash
Free Flash Tutorial
In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Selection and Lasso Tools. These tool enable you to edit your artwork. You will learn how to select and edit shapes, Fills and lines in your Flash file. The versatility of the Selection tools is greater than what you might expect.
Cross Ref: Flash Drawing Tutorials 201 to 209 are a consecutive series and you may want to start from the beginning: Pencil Tool
Step One: The Selection Tool - Editing a Stroke Outline
Tip: Do not get the Subselection tool mixed up with the Selection tool. They may look similar but are very different!
Note: When you move the Selection Tool over different objects the cursors appearance changes:
Empty Space Fill Corner Curve
This is because the tool's behavior depends on circumstances. For example when your pointer hovers over an empty space the cursor displays a rectangle symbol:
Step Two: The Selection Tool - Editing a Fill Object
The cursor's symbol changes to:
Step Three: The Selection Tool - Editing a Stroke
In Flash a line or the edge of a fill is called a Stroke. A Stroke can be described as a number of lines (straight or curved) connected by Anchor Points (or sometimes called Key Points).
A Stroke made up of straight and curved sections joined by Anchor Points.
- To view a Stroke's Anchor Points select it with the Subselection tool: .
- Don't forget to return to the Selection tool:
Note: When hovering over a line you will see the curve symbol irrespective of whether the line is straight or curved!
Move the point to stretch your shape or create an inner or outer angle.
Note: If you pull where two or more shapes join you change all the joining shapes.
Important: The shape must not be selected! To transform a selected shape, click elsewhere to deselect it (Shift+Ctrl+A).
While passing over a line the cursor shows curve.
The Stroke has been changed.
This enables you to create a new Anchor point which enables the line to go around a corner.
Adds a new Anchor.
Step Four: The Lasso Tool
To select a free-form area use the Lasso Tool and draw on the Stage as with a regular pencil. As soon as you release the mouse button the selection contour closes up and you can edit the outlined zone.
Segment is selected.
You are now ready to edit the selected area.
Step Four: The Lasso Tool - Polygon Mode
The Polygon mode enable you to select sections of Fill that has straight edges.
Note: In this mode, each time you click the mouse, the tool sets an anchor point for the polygon you are creating.
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