Learn How to Paint Using the Various Brush Modes in Macromedia Flash 8
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Now, let us take a little closer look at the options. Let us get a thorough look at this tool. We looked at the brush shapes and sizes. We have got a few other options down in here. A notable one is brush mode. Pull these down. Now I was using paint normal mode and I think you can probably figure out what that is, I just click a color, start painting and I get paint. But, I would like to try this out in a couple of the other modes. We can see we have some very specific modes of how it is going to work. Paint fills, paint behind, selections and inside.
I will just take these one at a time and give a little example of them. You can see how this can help you out quite a bit in your drawing and setting up what you are going to be working on. I am going to set paint fills at this point. So I have got my paint fill mode set up on here. For this example, I am just going to try something out and probably delete it really quick. So I am just going to go for shocking pink and I am going to go over here to the mountain. I will switch over into the mountain layers so I am drawing on it. Now in this case, if I just drew normally with the shocking pink, it will wipe out the mountain. But in this case, what paint fills on when I draw across it, the only things I wipe out are the fill areas, not the strokes. Now that could come in handy. It is not going to work too well with the drawing that I have but it gives us an idea of what these brush modes are going to do. They are going to change the way the brush works. Let me undo that change. I think we will go back to the clouds. We will try one of these other modes.
I am going to try out paint selection here. Now, by clicking in the cloud layer, I have automatically selected the contents of the cloud layer which of course is the cloud. That is going to be my selected object. I will try this one out. I am going to change to a little bit darker gray than what is already on the cloud. I want to go for adding a little shadow storm cloud to this one. And with the selected fills option on our brush, we should be able to try this out. Now, I am just going to add a little shadow to the bottom of the cloud so I am just going to paint right over this area. Now, we will see how wiggly my mouse is. Now normally, if I was using paint normal, I would let go of the mouse cursor and see exactly what I am seeing here which is just paint going all over the place. But since I am only painting the selected area, you can see that it nicely clipped it out on the previous edge. I did not have to go in and try to paint next to that edge or do any special kinds of fills or anything like that. I end up with a little shadow on the edge of the cloud. Now, it looks like it could probably use a little cleaning up but not too bad. I think what it is, is a little too dark so we will just change that out there and there we go.
So let us take a look at another brush mode, one more at least. I want to try to do something with the hilltop. I wanted to try, “paint inside”. This is a really interesting one. I am going to change the hilltop up in here. We can use this one very similarly to the “selected fill” but I pick a light green color. This one is going to be a lot different. I do not have to select the hilltop first. The brush mode works by wherever you click first. It is going to stay inside that fill. So if I were to click first inside the cloud and paint, then it would stay inside that cloud. So, you can see what it is, is I do not have to select it first. And since I am going to be making a change to the rolling hills, I am going to switch off to that layer. What I can do is I can click inside this layer and I am painting. I am going to paint a little kind of a manicured grass at the top of the hill. And, you can see that I just painted inside that fill, very similar to what I did on painting inside the cloud although I did not have to select it.