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Converting Shape Types

Flash offers a variety of shape types: fills, strokes, merge-shapes, drawing-objects, primitives, and text. You can convert some shape types into others. For example, you can convert strokes to fills, merge-shapes to drawing-objects (and vice versa), and primitive-shapes to merge-shapes and drawing-objects. You can also 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

  1. Select a stroke on the Stage.
  2. 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 red-circle-a.jpg.


red-circle-a.jpg You can convert a stroke, such as this line drawn with the pencil tool (top), to a fill. The fill’s outline then has its own editable path (middle and bottom).

To convert a merge-shape or a primitive to a drawing-object

  1. On the Stage, select a single merge-shape or primitive-shape.
  2. Choose Modify > Combine Objects > Union. Flash converts the selected shape to a drawing-object, and it remains selected red-circle-b.jpg.

red-circle-b.jpg To convert the shape currently selected on the Stage into a drawing-object, choose Modify > Combine Objects > Union.

To convert a drawing-object or a primitive to a merge-shape

  1. On the Stage, select a drawing-object or primitive-shape.
  2. Choose Modify > Break Apart, or press Command-B (OS X) or Ctrl-B (Win). 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

  1. 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.
  2. Choose Modify > Break Apart, or press Command-B (OS X) or Ctrl-B (Win). Flash transforms each letter in the selection into a drawing-object and selects it red-circle-c.jpg.

red-circle-c.jpg With TLF text fields selected (top), you can transform each letter into a separate drawing object (bottom) by choosing Modify > Break Apart.

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