Learn How to Use Vector Drawing Techniques in Macromedia Flash 8
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Now, I drew this in an isolated layer so that I would not have to worry about them snapping or cutting, or interfering with the other files but now I am actually ready for them too.
So let me take layer seven and let us reveal it and just like in ganging this two up, I unlocked it. That second one is going to reveal it on the screen. I will go to layer eight. Now remember selecting the layer at the top conveniently selects all the contents. So even though I cannot see the back of the boat I pretty much know that everything that is in layer eight has been selected right now. So I am going to do my copy but actually I can do cut because I do not need it in layer eight anymore but I will switch over to layer seven and once again make sure you are using paste and place at this point.
And now I got those two ganged up, there I did a scale of it, without anything or I guess I did have something selected, I had that line selected and tried to center it all up.
What I did, look up at this area here and you can definitely see that even though I have two different colors of lines, I still have intersections going on between them, so I can get rid of other elements and you can see that now my fill will actually include this shape. It looks like I got a little left over of that oval; make it rid of that before it causes any trouble for us. Okay, I can get rid of V-shapes in here as well. Now, I do not really need this line coming all up and you can see how it crossed right in this area, so I get rid of that and I can also get rid of that one there right there.
It is fairly common to use a technique like this to build up your shapes and you can see once again we used all kinds of different tools to create this one area and really what we are after at the end, is a single fill. I am going to go in and see what color should that be. It is kind of a silverish color but I am going to, just so we can see it for right now make it blue and we can change it later.
I want to point out that, let us see, actually I have a couple of gaps that I have in here, and there I’ve got my fill. Now it is worthwhile to mention that I probably could have even left a lot of these intersecting lines in here because at the very end all I am really going to do is, double click and grab as many of these lines as I possibly can and just get rid of them anyway. Okay, you can make your fill in with intersecting lines and still be able to go in and clean up the lines as you finish out your project.
Let us see if a nice double click is at the top for me and there it does. Now you can definitely see the benefits also of using a single color for all of these stuff because one double click a lot of times will get you the entire area that you are working on.
I am going to zoom out a little bit here and we also really wanted a fill for the side of the boat, so once again we are using one tool to create the outlines or perhaps several tools, when really what we wanted at the end is just a simple fill. Let us see, I am going to go for some gray colors on this boat. I think we will probably be changing them later and I can double click my green outlines now since I do not need them and get rid of them, so we have got our generic boat shape. Now just to finish this out I will draw a few more lines in here so we can complete our boat. I’ve got a few straight lines so while I got the segment tool, I am going to drop them in. I think I would like that deck detail there as well.
I am purposely drawing this line to overlap; now there is an example of the pen tool trying to interact to the whole bunch of other shapes. Now you can see how the pen tool works the same way as it does when we are using the pen to reconnect or just start up a shape again, but in this case I clicked on a very complex shape that pulled everything up. It is going to try to connect or something.
So, once again I might take it an opportunity like this to lock that layer, maybe even hide it just because it will go the other way up. I do not need to hide it at this point. I temporarily draw my pen tool in anothe