Learn How to Snap and Modify Curves with the Selection Tool in Macromedia Flash 8
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Now, the selection tool also has a few options. One of them we have seen before and that is snapping but I think I would like to make a little. We can take one of these objects and work with it.
The same thing is going to hold true for snapping as we saw it on the line segment tool that we tried it with. If I select some object, let us say I double clicked the mountain. I could grab that mountain and move it around. The big difference now is we are going to have a snappable point on the mountain.
Now, that sounds a little bit weird but if I grab it near some corner of the mountain, managed to not do it the right one, now it is a little closer to that corner of the mountain. There, you can see it.
If I am closer to the vector on any point, it is going to show me a little circle just like it did on using the line segment tool and that is going to be my snapping point. I can snap that point to any other object, anything on the screen. Even things like the top corner of the screen or other elements and points.
The big thing with snapping though that I think most people find a little bit confusing, if you grab it just by some non-descriptive area in the middle of the fill and you do not see a little circle, you will not get a snap.
Okay, I think I mentioned that before but I think it kind of comes home here a little bit differently as we are grabbing and moving objects around. So, the only thing you need to remember is grab it by some place near the vector line. There we go. And you see the full circle. If you grab it and you do not see a circle and you expected to be able to snap it to snap it to something, just go back and re-grab it again. That will set you up pretty good.
Couple of other things about our tool. We saw with pen tools, we could make smooth lines and we could also make corner lines. Now, with our pencil tool, we can change the options around to get smoothing corner but with the selection tool, I can do this as well.
The only thing I am going to need to do is hold the “Ctrl” key down to get corner points. On the PC, it is going to be “Ctrl”, on the Mac, it is going to be “Option”. And I am going to do the same thing we did before.
If I am going to try to modify the curve but holding “Ctrl” down instead of modifying the curve, what I will do is I will make a corner a point and I am just dragging the corner point out instead of a smooth line. Let me do that one more time.
If I just drag it normally, you can see that I am not making a corner, I am just dragging that curve around and changing the curvature. But I can hold “Ctrl” down and I can heal a little spike or cliff on the side of this hill.
Now, one thing that I think is interesting about snapping is as I go and modify, let us say I do have a point over spike, cover point some place of the curve and I wanted to get rid of it. I grab it and you can see my icon changes to reflect that I am grabbing a point instead of a curve and I will pull it down.
What you will notice is at some point, it snaps to something and you are kind of wondering what did it snap to? Well, it snapped to smooth. So, you can snap away a corner just by dragging it.