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Learn How to Use the Line and Paint Bucket Tools in Macromedia Flash 8
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We got few other tools that are going to work like that. You can see with these natural drawing tools that they will be a lot easier for you to use and you can pretty much pick out what they are going to do. So, most of what we are going to do is explore the functions of them. I am going to pick out the line tool as a secondary tool that we can work with. And what I want you to do is I want you to do is I wanted to close off each one of these areas.
Now, with the line tool, if we take a look at the options, we see a big magnet icon and that is our snapping tool. This will allow us to snap directly to any object on the screen. We are just working on the cliff. I am installing the cliff layer. I want to do this for all three layers actually. Let me go to a fit in window to show all and there I can see the edge of my screen a little bit better. I can snap to the end of anyone of these lines and pull it off.
Now, snapping, the way this works in the program is when you are snapping, you will see that little circle. That is your indicator that you are snapping to something. I will go ahead and finish that line. When you switch and do that to the mountain. Now, if you are not snapping, when let us say I picked some place that is not the end of the line, if I do not see a little circle, I am not snapping to anything.
In this case, what I am snapping to really is a horizontal but you get the idea that what we are doing is we can choose what we are going to snap to whether it is an object or whether it is kind of a grid item on the screen I want to snap to the corner of that mountain there. And to the rolling hills as well, picking out each one of these and drawing my new vectors into there.
This is very much like drawing with the pen tool just using clicking instead of click and drag and I am going to get the same thing.
Now, I would like to switch over to another tool. I want to switch to the paint bucket tool. I think you probably have seen a paint bucket tool before and it does what you think it should. It is just going to fill things up with color.
We saw it filling our last lesson when we traced around the duck and traced around the heart, we saw the area inside filled up. In order to be able to use the fill tool, I need a closed area just like closing our pen tool. So, that is why I closed up all of these areas so I can use it.
I also want to fill up with a different color than white and we can see our paint bucket icon right here, we can choose our fill color and I will set a little green on the rolling hills. I can set up a little gray for my mountain. And I will see what should we do for our cliff, maybe some kind of brown or something like that. So, we got a pencil that draws and our paint bucket that fills, how natural is that?
We even got some options over in the paint bucket tool palette here, if I pull them down they deal with gaps. Now, let us do a little squiggle to explore this one a little bit. I had closed small gaps set up here and in order to fill our objects, we actually have to have something surrounded but we even got this for giving option in here that let us have a little gap. I am going to draw something that has a gap in it on purpose.
Now, I am trying to do that better, let me switch over to smooth up here, so it does not snap to anything and I will just draw some little shape here. I want to draw--here we go, we got a little bit of a gap dropped in there.
Now, if I use my paint bucket tool, and I just can try to drop a fill into that, I could try it with small gaps. Probably important to look at the paint bucket tool in general and say, I cannot just click it anywhere. I got to have to click it inside an enclosed area in order for it to properly fill things. And right now, this one has no cut in it, not even on small gaps
. Now, maybe on large gaps, it will and it actually does. What is kind of interesting about this tool is it is even intuitive enough that if I just zoom this in, even on that setting, technically it is the same gap. It looks larger, now it is not going to fill.
But if I zoom out and it is smaller, it is going to fill. So, we got a little relaxation, a little wiggle room in most of these tools built in. I am going to select all that stuff that we did and get rid of it and you will see that in a lot of the other tools as we go along.