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Modifying Fills and Strokes

Flash provides two methods for modifying existing fills and strokes: you can apply new attributes with a tool (the paint-bucket tool for fills, the ink-bottle tool for strokes), or you can select the fill or stroke on the Stage and choose new attributes in an appropriate panel. For fills or strokes that contain a gradient, you can also modify the way the gradient fits in the shape by using the gradient-transform tool.

To change fill color with the paint-bucket tool:

  1. In the Tools panel, click the active edit-fill/ stroke tool and select the paint-bucket tool from the submenu, or press K.
  2. Select new fill attributes (see Chapter 2).
  3. Click the paint bucket’s hot spot (the tip of the drip of paint) somewhere inside the fill you want to change.

    The fill can be selected or deselected. The fill changes to the new color black-circle-a.jpg.

To change stroke color with the ink-bottle tool:

  1. In the Tools panel, click the active edit-fill/stroke tool and select the ink-bottle tool, or press S.
  2. Select new stroke attributes (see Chapter 2).
  3. Click the ink bottle’s hot spot (the tip of the drip of paint) in one of the following ways:
    • Click directly on the stroke.
    • If a shape has both stroke and fill, and both are deselected, click the fill.
    • If a shape has both stroke and fill, and both are selected, click the fill.
    • If a shape has both stroke and fill, and only the fill is selected, click the stroke.

    The stroke takes on its new attributes black-circle-c.jpg.

To change a gradient fill’s center point:

  1. In the Tools panel, from the transform-tools submenu, select the gradient-transform tool, or press F black-circle-d.jpg.
  2. Position the pointer over the graphic element whose gradient you want to modify; the gradient can be located in a fill or in a stroke.

    The pointer changes to the gradient-transform pointer.

  3. Click.

    Handles for manipulating the gradient appear black-circle-e.jpg. You can rotate the gradient or change its size and/or center point.

  4. Position the pointer over the gradient’s center-point handle, the circle icon.

    The move pointer appears.

  5. Drag the center-point handle to reposition the center point of the gradient black-circle-f.jpg.

To change a radial gradient’s focal point:

  1. Follow Steps 1–3 in the preceding task.
  2. Position the gradient-transform pointer over the focal-point handle, the triangle.

    The pointer changes to a triangle.

  3. Click and drag the focal-point handle to a new location black-circle-g.jpg.

    The focal point, where you have the most concentrated amount of the gradient’s central color, shifts to the new location.

To resize a gradient in a fill or stroke:

  1. With the gradient-transform tool selected in the Tools panel, click the graphic element that contains the gradient you want to modify.
  2. To change the way the gradient fits inside the fill or stroke, do one of the following:

To control overflow:

  1. Follow the steps in the preceding task to create a gradient that is narrower than the shape it sits in.
  2. In the Color panel, in the Flow section black-circle-k.jpg, do one of the following:
    • To extend the colors in the leftmost and rightmost gradient pointers, select Extend Color (the button on the left).
    • To repeat the gradient, but with the colors in reverse order, select Reflect Color (the center button).
    • To repeat the gradient with colors in the original order, select Repeat Color (the button on the right).

    Note that to activate the Flow buttons, your Publish Settings must be set to publish for Flash Player 8 or later (see Chapter 18).

To rotate a gradient fill:

  1. With the gradient-transform tool selected in the Tools panel, click the fill or stroke containing the gradient you want to modify.
  2. To rotate the gradient, do either of the following:

    The pointer changes to a circular arrow. You can rotate the gradient clockwise or counterclockwise.

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