- Setting Selection Preferences
- Making Selections
- Resizing Graphic Elements
- Positioning Graphic Elements
- Flipping, Rotating, and Skewing
- Distorting Graphic Elements
- Modifying Fills and Strokes
- Modifying Shapes: Natural Drawing Tools
- Modifying Shapes: Bzier Tools
- Modifying Primitive-Shape Paths
- Converting Shape Types
- Practice Session
Converting Shape Types
Flash offers a variety of shape types: fills, strokes, merge-shapes, drawing-objects, primitives, and text. It’s possible to convert some types of shapes into others. For example, you can convert strokes to fills; you can convert merge-shapes to drawing-objects and vice versa; you can convert primitive-shapes to merge-shapes and drawing-objects; and you can convert text, a special type of fill, to a regular drawing-object fill (for TLF text) or merge-shape fill (for Classic text). You cannot, however, convert merge-shapes or drawing-objects to primitive-shapes.
To convert a stroke to a fill:
- Select a stroke on the Stage.
- Choose Modify > Shape > Convert Lines to Fills .
Flash converts the stroke to a fill shape that looks exactly like the stroke. You can now edit the path of the “stroke’s” outline as though you were working with a fill created with the brush tool .
To convert a merge-shape or a primitive to a drawing-object:
- Select a single merge-shape or primitive-shape on the Stage.
- Choose Modify > Combine Objects > Union.
Flash converts the selected shape to a drawing-object; it remains selected .
To convert a drawing-object or a primitive to a merge-shape:
- Select a drawing-object or primitive-shape on the Stage.
- Choose Modify > Break Apart, or press Command-B (Mac) or Ctrl-B (Windows) .
Flash converts the selected drawing-object or primitive-shape to a merge-shape; it remains selected.
To convert a block of TLF text into individual drawing-objects:
- Select a TLF text field on the Stage.
If the selected field links to other TLF text fields with threaded text, Flash selects all of the linked fields.
- Choose Modify > Break Apart.
Flash transforms each letter in the selection into a drawing-object and selects it .