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Making Selections

Merge-shapes, drawing-objects, and primitives all behave slightly differently as you select them because what you see as a single shape may contain several segments. An outline rectangle created as a merge-shape consists of four separate line segments. Clicking one side of the object selects just that segment of the outline. In an outline rectangle created as a drawing-object or primitive the segments are fused into a unit, so clicking any side of the object selects the entire outline.

To make selections by clicking

  1. In the Tools panel, select the selection tool, or press V.
  2. To select elements created as merge-shapes, do one of the following:
    • To select a merge-shape fill, position the pointer over the fill and click. The selection icon appears next to the pointer arrow when the pointer is over the fill. Flash highlights the selected fill with a dot pattern red-circle-a.jpg.
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      red-circle-a.jpg When the pointer sits above a filled area, the icon changes into the selection arrow (a cross icon appears next to the regular pointer arrow, indicating that the tool is ready to move or select an item). Click a fill to select it. A dot pattern in a contrasting color highlights the selected fill.

    • To select a merge-shape stroke, position the pointer over a line segment and click. Flash appends a little arc or a little right-angle icon to the selection tool red-circle-b.jpg. These icons indicate that the tool is over a point in a line segment and show whether it is a curve point or a corner point. (For more information about points, see the sidebar “About Curve and Corner Points ” in this chapter). Flash uses a dot pattern to highlight just the segment you clicked red-circle-c.jpg.
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    red-circle-b.jpg As you prepare to select a line, additions to the pointer icon indicate the type of point located beneath the pointer.

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    red-circle-c.jpg When you click a merge-shape line, Flash selects and highlights just one segment.

  3. To select elements created as drawing-objects, position the pointer over any portion of the shape and click.

    The arc or angle icon appears next to the selection pointer for merge-shape fills and strokes. Flash selects the entire shape and highlights it by displaying a bounding box that encloses the shape red-circle-d.jpg.

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    red-circle-d.jpg When you position the selection tool over an unselected drawing-object (left), the pointer displays the same icons as for merge-shapes (move/select cross for fills, curve-point arc or corner-point angle for strokes). When you click anywhere on the drawing-object, Flash selects the entire drawing-object and highlights its bounding box (right).

  4. To select elements created as primitives, position the pointer over any portion of the shape and click.

    The selection icon appears next to the selection pointer whether it’s over a fill or a stroke. Flash selects the entire shape and highlights its bounding box red-circle-e.jpg.

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    red-circle-e.jpg Whether you position the selection pointer over the stroke (left) or fill (middle) of a primitive-shape, the cross icon appears in the pointer. Clicking anywhere on the shape selects the entire shape (right).

  5. To add elements to a selection, do one of the following:
  • When Shift Select (Flash’s default selection style) is active, Shift-click each item you want to add red-circle-f.jpg.
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    red-circle-f.jpg With Flash’s default Preferences setting for selections, Shift-click unhighlighted line segments or fill areas to add them to a selection.

  • When Shift Select is inactive, click each item you want to include.

To use a contact-sensitive selection rectangle

  1. Make sure the selection preferences are set for contact sensitivity.
  2. In the Tools panel, select the selection tool.
  3. On the Stage, use the tool to draw a rectangle that touches (or encloses) the objects you want to select red-circle-g.jpg. This rectangle isn’t a graphic element; it just defines the boundaries of your selection.
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    red-circle-g.jpg Dragging with the selection tool creates a selection rectangle (top). Be sure to start from a point that allows you to enclose all the elements you want to select (bottom). When you release the mouse button, Flash selects those elements.

  4. Continue dragging until the rectangle encloses all the merge-shapes you want to select and at least some part of each drawing-object.
  5. Release the mouse button. Flash selects the shapes in the following ways:

    Merge-shapes Flash highlights any portions of fill or stroke that fall inside the selection rectangle; portions of merge-shape fills or strokes that lie outside the rectangle remain unselected red-circle-h.jpg.

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    red-circle-h.jpg In Flash’s contact-sensitive selection style (the default), any drawing-objects or primitives that are touched or partially enclosed by the selection rectangle are fully selected; but only the parts of merge-shapes that fall within the selection rectangle are selected. (Here the star shapes are drawing-objects, the indented rectangles are primitives, and the circles are merge-shapes.)

    Drawing-objects and primitive-shapes If the selection rectangle touches any part of a drawing-object or primitive, Flash selects the entire thing, highlighting its bounding box.

To use a non-contact-sensitive selection rectangle

  1. Make sure contact sensitivity is deselected.
  2. Follow Steps 2–5 in the preceding exercise; but this time, fully enclose the merge-shapes and drawing-objects you want to select. Flash selects the shapes in the following ways:

    Merge-shapes Flash highlights any portions of fill or stroke that fall inside the selection rectangle; portions of merge-shape fills or strokes that lie outside the rectangle remain unselected red-circle-i.jpg.

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    red-circle-i.jpg When contact-sensitivity is not active, a selection includes only the parts of merge-shapes that fall within the selection rectangle. To select drawing-objects or primitives, you must enclose them fully in the selection rectangle. (Here the star shapes are drawing-objects, the indented rectangles are primitives, and the circles are merge-shapes.)

    Drawing-objects and primitive-shapes Flash selects only those drawing-objects or primitives that are completely enclosed within the selection rectangle. If the selection rectangle touches or includes just a part of a drawing-object or primitive, Flash leaves the entire object deselected.

To deselect individual items

  1. In the Tools panel, select the selection tool, or press V.
  2. Hold down the Shift key.
  3. Click any highlighted drawing-objects, primitives, or merge-shape strokes or fills you want to remove from the current selection.

Flash deselects the items you clicked red-circle-l.jpg. No matter which selection method is active, you must Shift-click with the selection tool to remove items from a selection.

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