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Reshaping Fills

Although you can't see the outlines of filled shapes unless you give them a stroke, fills do have outlines that act just like any other line. This means you can use the arrow, pen, and subselection tools to reshape fills the same way that you reshaped lines and paths in the previous tasks.

To reshape a fill with the arrow tool:

  1. With nothing selected, position the arrow tool's pointer over the edge of your filled shape.

    The curve point or corner-point modifier appears (Figure 3.52).

    Figure 3.52Figure 3.52 When you position the pointer over the edge of a fill shape, the arrow tool displays either the curve-point or corner-point modifier. If you then click the edge of the fill, Flash activates part of the outline for reshaping.

  2. Click and drag the curve point or corner point to reshape the fill (Figure 3.53).

    Figure 3.53Figure 3.53 Take some time to play around with reshaping fills. You can pull points out to create protrusions or move points in to create indentations. You can reshape the fill pretty much any way you want.

    Flash previews the new outline.

  3. Release the mouse button.

    Flash creates the new fill shape.

To reshape a fill with the subselection and pen tools:

  1. In the Toolbox, choose the subselection tool.

  2. Position the hollow-arrow pointer over the edge of your filled shape.

  3. Click.

    Flash highlights the path and anchor points that define the fill shape (Figure 3.54).

    Figure 3.54Figure 3.54 Select the edge of a fill shape with the subselection tool, and Flash highlights the path and anchor points that outline the shape (top). Reposition anchor points and Bézier handles to modify the fill shapes (bottom).

  4. Add, remove, and reposition anchor points and Bézier handles with the pen and subselection tools, as described earlier in this section.

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    To select an entire fill path quickly, use the subselection tool to drag a selection rectangle over any portion of the fill. Unlike the arrow tool, the subselection tool selects the whole shape even if you include just a small portion of it within the selection rectangle. Any curve points that fall within the rectangle display their Bézier handles.

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