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Learn How to Explore the Pencil Tool Options in Macromedia Flash 8
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I am going to click “OK” and with those settings, let us take a little closer look at that pencil tool. The first place I want to look is options. We got options down for the tool palette. So, when I click on different tools, you will see different options come up.
Now, a secondary place where you will see some options and we will point them out as they arrive is going to be down the property window here at the bottom. So, we will play with those as they come along. You will notice, the main option for the pencil tool is going to be the ability to do straight or smooth lines or what we are going to call ink.
Now, I am going to switch this off to smooth and with our preference settings, this should result to a lot smoother line as I drag along and just so we have something to work on, I would like to set up our documents so that we are just going to make a little countryside background.
So, I am going to make some rolling hills with this. It is always a good idea to name your layers and get into that habit, so that the organization of your file comes up really good and so we will try to do that whenever we can.
Now, I got my layer setup and my active layer. I am just going to do what we did before. I am going to go for some rolling hills. I want a big peak in the middle here and I will have it roll off.
Now, you can see that line came out a lot smoother than the first one because of our settings in effect that I was using a smooth setting on this one. Got a nice little value in the corner and just so we can try out the pencil tool on some other lines.
Let us make some background or foreground elements using some of the other settings. I will start off by inserting a layer from my background. I am going to do a little jagged mountain peak and we will use our pencil tool to add a mountain.
Now, this time, the straighten setting is going to work a lot better for me because we do not want as much curves and as much detail in this. I am just going to go for a really jagged peak line. There you go. It is going to be our mountain in the background and just so we can try out the other setting, let us do a foreground cliff. So, I will add a new layer, I want that above my mountain layer there and I will just call this one cliff.
For this one, I am going to choose the ink settings. Now, what ink is going to do is, the smooth line obviously smoothes out my curves and using a mouse for this, I am going to do a little wiggly movement. With ink, it is going to basically record every little movement I do.
So, I will actually make this a little wigglier than normal. I will kind of come in and make my jagged peak like this and kind of watch as we go along. You will see it is following very carefully, every single iteration I do with the mouse and move around there. So, we got three basic drawing modes that we can use for setting this up.
While we add it, let us take a little closer look at those modes because it is probably good to understand and play around with them a little bit. I can probably illustrate with straighten. This does not guarantee that every line I am going to have is straight. It means that it is going to tend towards a straight line.
If I really work hard to draw kind of an arc shape with it, I will get a curve out of the straighten mode. I will get a nice smooth curve out of it, so it does not mean only straight lines. What it does mean is that it is going to snap to more irregular shape.
I can even do some things like this. If I draw something close to a square, it will snap out to a square or even weirder yet, if I draw something all the way around to an oval circle, it will snap to that as well. So, we are setting kind of a theme that is a great way to say it--for each one of these tools. We can kind of pick those ones out as we go along.