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Resizing Graphic Elements

Flash gives you several ways to resize, or scale, graphic elements. You can scale selected elements interactively on the Stage. You can also set specific scale percentages or dimensions for your element in the Transform panel, the Properties tab of the Property inspector, and the Info panel.

To resize a graphic element interactively

  1. In the Tools panel, select the free-transform tool (Figure 4.17).
    Figure 4.17

    Figure 4.17 The free-transform tool enables you to select and scale elements interactively.

  2. On the Stage, click the element you want to resize.

    Flash selects and highlights the element and places transformation handles on all four sides and at the corners of the element's bounding box.

  3. In the Tools panel, choose the Scale modifier.
  4. Position the pointer over a handle.

    The pointer changes to a double-headed arrow, indicating the direction in which the element will grow or shrink as you pull or push on the handles.

  5. To resize the graphic element, do one of the following:
    • To change the graphic element's width, click and drag one of the side handles.
    • To change the element's height, click and drag the top or bottom handle.
    • To change the size of the element proportionally, click and drag one of the corner handles.
    Dragging toward the center of the element reduces it; dragging away enlarges it (Figure 4.18).
    Figure 4.18

    Figure 4.18 Activating the free-transform tool's Scale modifier places a set of handles around a selected element. Click and drag the handles to change the size of the element.

To resize an element via the Transform panel

  1. With the Transform panel open, on the Stage, select the element you want to resize.

    A value of 100% appears in the Width and Height fields of the Transform panel.

  2. To resize the element, do either of the following:
    • To resize proportionally, select the Constrain check box next to the Width and Height fields, and enter a new value in either field (Figure 4.19). As you enter the value in one field, Flash automatically updates the other field.
      Figure 4.19

      Figure 4.19 Enter new values in the Transform panel's Width and Height fields to resize an element. With the Constrain check box selected, as you enter the value in one field, Flash automatically updates the other field. The Transform panel also lets you enter values for rotating and skewing selected elements.

      or
    • To allow the aspect ratio to change, in the Transform panel, deselect the Constrain check box; enter new percentages in the Width field and Height field.
    A value less than 100% shrinks the element; a value greater than 100% enlarges the element.
  3. Press Enter.

    Flash resizes the element.

To resize an element via the Property inspector

  1. With the Property inspector open, in the workspace, select the element you want to resize.

    The Width and Height fields of the (Shape) Properties tab of the Property inspector display the measurements of the selected shape's bounding box.

  2. To resize the element, do either of the following:

    • To resize proportionally, set the lock icon (to the left of the Width and Height fields) to Constrain mode (a closed-lock icon). Now enter a new value in either field (Figure 4.20). As you enter the value in one field, Flash automatically updates the other.
      Figure 4.20

      Figure 4.20 The (Shape) Properties tab of the Property inspector displays the width and height of the bounding box of a selected element. Enter new values to resize the element. In Constrain mode Flash preserves the ratio of width to height. Check the lock icon to enter independent width and height values.

      or
    • To allow the aspect ratio to change, in the Property inspector, set the lock icon to Unconstrained mode (an open-lock icon); enter new percentages in the Width field and Height field.
  3. Press Enter.

    Flash resizes the element.

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