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Learn How to Draw a Heart Shape with the Pen Tool in Macromedia Flash 8
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Now, I have got a couple of other layers with some other things that we can practice in here. So, what I will do is I will hide those tracing and drawing 1 layers and we will bring out tracing 2. Now, I am going to bring out drawing 2, select that as my active layer. Remember from our layers lesson that a pencil icon indicates, that is where I will be drawing.
My pencil is ready and we will go ahead and click and drag and start off our heart shape. I have got the first point in there, the second point, pretty much like what we did before. You can see how I can match that curve as I trace along here. We need to move down. Remember that hand tool, when I let go of the space bar shortcut for that one, it is going to drop me right back into the pen tool right where it was with no interruptions, so, that is a great shortcut there as well.
Now, we go down here and make our C curve and everything is fine, we have got a nice curve in here with our points and handles as described. Now, I am going to have a little problem because you notice that my handles when I drag them, they kind of have both sides to them. If I keep going on with the D curve and have a little problem and that is, I do not get that corner coming down here.
Now, this is actually what we expect with simple click and drag operations because the whole idea of dragging the handle out and having another hand coming in the other side is that my curve is going to enter and leave at the same angle and it will be smooth, I will not have any corners or any kinks there. If you want a corner, what we will do is we are going to switch tools this point.
Now, I am going to leave the pen tool for a second, we will be able to come back to it but I am going to go back to my sub selection tool. Now, if you remember, this tool allows me to go and click on a point and I can access the handles. There you can see both sides of this handle as this handle is controlling this side of the heart shape and this handle is controlling the other.
Normally, when I grab one of this handles like this, I am going to grab and you can see I am moving both sides of the handle. Now, it does not really matter whether I grab either end, I am still going to do the same thing but if we add an option key or alt on the PC to this selections. So, I am going to hold down option and now, I am going to drag that handle and you see what happens, it kind of breaks that seesaw on the middle and I now end up with 2 separate handles, one for each side of the curve and that is how we can get a controlled corner point right in that area.
So, I kind of review, we have got click with the pen tool, click and drag with the pen tool making smooth lines and adding the sub select tool with the option key hold down or the alt key and that is going to give me my corner points.
Now, I just want to finish this off, this is also really good to know, we stop drawing our path right in the middle and I want to pick up where we left off. So, I am going to go back to the pen tool here. Now, normally, my pen tool showing a little accents indicating that it is going to make a new pen line, a new vector line. But if I go back to any old line, I can click on it and the first thing you can see is it reveals some additional points here, the points that we have created in the first section. And I can just click on one of those points.
What it will do is it will continue on with the curve right where we left off. Another little indicator you are seeing at the very end here is when I go over this last point. You see that little O pop out next to the pen tool and that is indicating that it is going to finish this curve by ending where it started.
It is going to close the curve up so it is recognized that we have gone all the way around and we are going to finish what we started and join those 2 points together. I will finish my curve out just like this. Now that the shape is closed, the interior turns white because the fill color is set to white.