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Learn How to Modify Vectors Using the Selection Tool in Macromedia Flash 8
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With that, I think we should probably take a good at the selection tool because it is going to be a little bit more than just a standard selection tool. Of course, it does select. In fact, let me get rid of this mountain hanging in space.
t selects in pretty much the normal way as almost every other selection tool that you have used. We have already used it to click on fills. We have used it too click on individual strokes. You can also use it as a marquee to select the whole bunch of object.
Remember, all my layers are open, so it is selecting everything on each layer at that point. But in addition to that, what we are going to use our standard selection tool for is we are going to use it to also modify our vectors.
Now, if you remember back when I made vector drawings with the pen tool, we used the subselect tool in order to make changes to it going down to the point level and handles and being able to drag them around.
In this case, I am going to do something similar. I am going to use the normal selection tool at this point though and you will notice when you get close to a vector, you will see that the icon changes to a little curve there.
Now, I will get two different icons. I will get a curve or if I will go near a point, let me find some place where we can see the icon and we will also see. There we go. We will see that little corner icon there and that is going to indicate that I can move a point. This is going to work very nicely because all I need to do is click on that vector and push and pull and I can modify and reshape the vector.
Once again, we are modifying without having to go in and figure out where the points are, the handles or anything. The very push and pull system. If I grab one of those corner points, I can move things around. I can move the mountain peaks around. I can reshape this whole thing to set it up however I would have like it to done. So, just like with our pen tool, we can create our curves but we can also go in and modify the curves that way as well.
Now, we have already seen that this feature works both on fills and on strokes. I can modify and change both of them exactly the same way. The program also does something really interesting for us and in these cases here where I got for instance the mountain. I got a stroke and a fill and if I just switch that off to outline, you will notice that the outlines for both the stroke and the fill are sitting right on top of each other.
Now, whenever that is the case, if I grab this mountain and start moving it around with my selection tool, it is going to actually modify both the stroke and the fill that I am working on. So, we can see that maybe down here on our cliff as well and down at the base of the mountain. So, again, we are getting something that works very intuitively but when we look at it closely, it is being pretty smart about how it is setting some things up.
Now, we will also take a look at selection in the idea of just strokes and fills. I have done a couple of individual selections. Let me try this again down here with some stroke lines. You will notice when you click, you get what you could refer to as a curve segment. We do not get the whole curve. I drew some of these curves.
Like for instance, this click curve, I drew as one single curve and it comes up that way. For some of these other curves that I drew come up with single different of curves as we go trying different ones out.
Now, if you ever want to grab a whole bunch of curves, you could do that a couple of different ways. Specifically the curves, I can use shift select. That works very similar to most selection tools. I will just hold down “Shift” and I will click and I can add to my selection, so I could use that to select a bunch of curves but that is pretty tedious.
If I ever want to select a large of curves, especially ones that are connected together, what I can do is I can use double click for that. So, a single click will get me a single curve segment; double click will get me all connected curve segments to that one. You can kind of see that down over in he