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Learn How to Distinguish Between Strokes and Fills in Macromedia Flash 8
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This brings us to an important point about vectors we are going to distinguish between a couple of different types of vectors. We have drawn some different elements in here and I am going to switch over to my selection tool.
We are going to take a look at that but I want to point out that we have drawn some vectors with our paint bucket tool. Those are going to be our fills and we have drawn some vectors with our pencil tool or the line segment tool. And those are going to be lines or what we are going to call them now is strokes.
Now, these are really the same thing. They are both vectors. In fact, if I grab a hold of that little stroke that we did at the beginning, I just pulled it off the mountain. I want to point out that there are two different objects. They are very similar and what might even help in this case is if you remember that little outline tool in our layer, I will click on that, so we can go into that and see our vector outlines. You can see that both of them are the same.
So, the real difference between these two vectors, is one has paint or pixel collage on the inside and one has pixels stroked along that link of the outline. Now, this is going to be an important distinction because we are going to use this to control how our drawings will look when we are working with the vector tools. This stroke and fill distinction is going to run all the way through even our tools. We are going to divide them up.
In fact, let us take a look back at the tools we have already used. Our pencil tool is specifically a stroke tool. That is what it makes. It makes strokes. So, we are always going to get outlines, these kinds of drawings out of the pencil tool. Whereas the paint bucket tool is always going to make fills, so we are going to get two different types of graphics out of this.
Now, as we saw just before, it is really the same kind of outline that we are working on but we are painting it different ways. That distinction runs right through to the two color selections that we are looking at here. This color black right now selected is not just for the pencil tool.
This is for any tool that makes strokes and likewise, this tool is not just for the paint bucket tool but it is for any tool that makes fills. So, whenever we are making a stroke or fill, we can choose the color selection right here. In fact, if we selected an object, we can use this to change the selection or change the color of the object after you have already drawn it.