Flash CS3 Tutorial: Primitive Shape Tools. The Rectangle Primitive Tool and the Oval Primitive Tool.

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Free Flash Tutorial - Primitive Shape Tools

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The Primitive Shape Tools are new to Adobe Flash CS3. There are two of these new Primitive Tools, the Rectangle Primitive Tool and the Oval Primitive Tool . Adobe uses the word Primitive to mean shapes which characteristics can be edited via the Property Inspector. This means that you can draw a rectangle and then decide to change the roundness of the corners etc. The new Primitive Tools have a purple hue when selected:

New Primitive Tools:

Rectangle Primitive Tool
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Oval Primitive Tool:

With the standard Rectangle Tool your ability to edit is limited. For example if you wished to change the rounded corners you would need to delete your rectangle and re-draw it with the new rounded corners. The original Rectangle and Oval tools are still accessible in Flash CS3. These original shape tools have a blue hue when selected:

Original Shape Tools:

Rectangle Tool
:

Oval Tool:

All of these tools are accessible from a drop down menu in the Tools Panel. Access it by holding down your mouse over the current shape tool:

If the Tools Panel is closed, open it: Window > Tools (Ctrl F2)


Accessing the shape tools by holding down the mouse over the current shape tool.

Note: The PolyStar Tool has no Primate version yet. I am not sure why Adobe failed to finish the update but I guess that will be done in the next version?

 

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Lets try the new features...


Step One: The Rectangle Primitive Tool

  1. Open a New Flash Document: File > New (Ctrl N)
  2. Select a Flash Document: Flash File Flash File (ActionScript 2.0) or (ActionScript 3.0)
  3. Click: OK
  4. Important Note: These tools are not available in any version of Flash prior to Flash CS3. So you will not find them in Flash 8, Flash MX etc. You can find out what version of Flash you are using by going to: Help > About Flash

  5. In the Tools Panel Select the: Rectangle Primitive Tool:
  6. Draw a: Rectangle
  7. Tip: If you want to draw a perfect square hold the Shift Key as you draw the rectangle.

  8. If your Property Inspector is closed, open it: Window > Properties > Properties (Ctrl F3)
  9. You will see the Corner Radius Controls:


    Corner Radius Controls as seen in the Property Inspector.

    Note: The Corner Radius Controls appear for both the original Rectangle Tool and the new Rectangle Primitive Tool. It is how they function that is different.

  10. To edit the rectangle play with the: Corner Controls
  11. You will be able to see the effects as you change the controls. You will also be able to deselect your rectangle and return to re-edit its characteristics later.


Step Two: The Oval Primitive Tool

  1. In the Tools Panel Select the: Oval Primitive Tool:
  2. Draw an: Oval
  3. Tip: If you want to draw a perfect circle hold the Shift Key as you draw.

  4. If your Property Inspector is closed, open it: Window > Properties > Properties (Ctrl F3)
  5. You will see the Oval Angle and Radius Controls:

  6. To edit the oval have a play with the: Angle Controls


    Change the Angle to create a pie shape.

     

     


    Change the Angle to create a wedge shape.


  7. To edit the centre of the oval have a play with the: Radius Control
  8. Change the Angle to create a wedge shape.


  9. Try to change both the: Radius & Angle Controls


    Change the Angle and the Radius to create a C shape.

     

You can see the changes as you work and you have the reassurance that it can be re-edited at a later date. So have fun and play!

Note: You can convert a primitive object to a drawing object by double clicking on it:

 


Converting to an Drawing Object.

 

Warning: You cannot convert your shape back to a primitive shape!!

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