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Modifying Applied Gradients

You can use Flash's fill-transform tool to modify a gradient fill. You can rotate the fill or change its size and center point.

To move a gradient fill's center point:

  1. In the Toolbar, select the fill-transform tool ( Figure 3.99 ).
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    Figure 3.99 The fill-transform tool (left) and the pointer with which you manipulate gradients (right).

    The pointer changes to the fill-transform-pointer.
  2. Position the pointer over the graphic element whose gradient you want to modify.
  3. Click. Handles for manipulating the element appear ( Figure 3.100 ).
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    Figure 3.100 Handles for transforming fills appear when you click the fill with the fill transform pointer.

  4. Drag the center-point handle to reposition the center point of the gradient ( Figure 3.101 ).
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    Figure 3.101 Drag the center-point handle to reposition the center of the gradient within your shape.

To resize a gradient fill:

  1. With the fill-transform tool selected in the Toolbar, click the graphic element that contains the gradient you want to modify.
  2. To change the width of a linear gradient, drag the square handle ( Figure 3.102 ).
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    Figure 3.102 With a linear gradient selected, use the fill-transform tool to drag the square handle inward and create a narrower rectangle for a gradient.

    The pointer changes to a double-headed arrow. Dragging toward the center of your shape squeezes the blend into a narrower space; dragging away from the center of your shape spreads the blend over a wider space.
  3. To change the shape of a radial gradient, drag the square handle ( Figure 3.103 ).
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    Figure 3.103 With a radial gradient selected, use the fill-transform tool to drag the square handle inward to create a narrower oval for a gradient.

    The pointer changes to a double-headed arrow. Dragging toward the center of your shape creates a narrower oval space for the blend; dragging away from the center of your shape creates a wider oval space.
  4. To change the radius of a radial gradient, drag the circular handle next to the square handle ( Figure 3.104 ).
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    Figure 3.104 With a radial gradient, drag the first round handle outward to create a larger radius.

    The pointer changes to a double-headed arrow within a circle. Dragging toward the center of your shape squeezes the blend into a smaller circular space; dragging away from the center of your shape spreads the blend over a larger circular space.

To rotate a gradient fill:

  1. With the fill-transform tool selected in the Toolbar, click the graphic element with the gradient you want to modify.
  2. To rotate the gradient, do one of the following:
    • To rotate a linear gradient, drag the round handle ( Figure 3.105 ).
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      Figure 3.105 As you drag the gradient's rotate handle with the fill-transform tool, you spin the gradient around its center point.

    • To rotate a radial gradient, drag the round handle farthest from the square handle.
    The pointer changes to a circular arrow. You can rotate the gradient clockwise or counterclockwise.
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