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Using the drawing and selection tools


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Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training

with Mordy Golding

Video: Using the drawing and selection tools

One of the nice things about Flash Catalyst is that it's very similar to other design applications, like Photoshop or Illustrator. In fact, when it comes to actually creating some artwork inside of Illustrator, you'll find that many of the same tools, for example, your Selection tools and even some Drawing tools like creating rectangles and circles, all work in very much the same way. So I'm working on this project and I have two pages currently existing in this project. One is called MainMap and one is called Growing. Basically, I have a button over here, which when I click on it I want to activate or transition to this Growing page.
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  1. 9m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Key concepts
      4m 33s
    3. When should I use Flash Catalyst?
      2m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 33m 12s
    1. Creating a new project
      5m 14s
    2. Defining components
      6m 26s
    3. Adding pages
      5m 41s
    4. Adding interaction
      6m 20s
    5. Adding transitions
      7m 12s
    6. Publishing options
      2m 19s
  3. 21m 37s
    1. Planning your project
      8m 11s
    2. Starting your project in Illustrator
      4m 9s
    3. Starting your project in Photoshop
      4m 22s
    4. Starting your project in Fireworks
      3m 10s
    5. Starting your project in Flash Catalyst
      1m 45s
  4. 30m 55s
    1. Understanding components
      5m 14s
    2. Creating a button component
      7m 10s
    3. Creating a checkbox component
      3m 55s
    4. Creating a radio button component
      5m 10s
    5. Creating a toggle button component
      2m 4s
    6. Creating a text input component
      1m 35s
    7. Creating horizontal and vertical slider components
      2m 46s
    8. Creating horizontal and vertical scrollbar components
      3m 1s
  5. 31m 55s
    1. Using the drawing and selection tools
      5m 52s
    2. Setting object properties
      4m 48s
    3. Importing artwork
      2m 27s
    4. Editing artwork in Illustrator
      6m 29s
    5. Editing artwork in Photoshop
      4m 27s
    6. Working with text
      3m 39s
    7. Optimizing artwork
      4m 13s
  6. 28m 56s
    1. Understanding pages and layers
      9m 50s
    2. Editing pages and states
      7m 24s
    3. Using grids, guides, and rulers
      1m 40s
    4. Aligning and arranging objects
      2m 27s
    5. Moving elements between pages and states
      4m 33s
    6. Using the Library panel
      3m 2s
  7. 54m 43s
    1. Understanding interaction types
      8m 24s
    2. Creating conditional interactions
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding the timeline
      7m 40s
    4. Creating smooth transitions
      7m 44s
    5. Defining Move transitions
      3m 33s
    6. Defining Resize transitions
      3m 53s
    7. Defining Rotate transitions
      2m 53s
    8. Defining Rotate 3D transitions
      3m 35s
    9. Adjusting basic timing
      5m 57s
    10. Creating an action sequence
      7m 58s
  8. 18m 11s
    1. Creating Flash video files
      3m 32s
    2. Placing video into a project
      3m 51s
    3. Controlling video playback
      3m 51s
    4. Adding sound effects
      3m 17s
    5. Integrating Flash content
      3m 40s
  9. 25m 53s
    1. Using a Data List to define repeating elements
      4m 11s
    2. Creating a basic Data List pt. 1: Building the components
      5m 31s
    3. Creating a basic Data List pt. 2: Adding the data
      3m 8s
    4. Planning a complex Data List
      1m 57s
    5. Creating a complex Data List pt. 1: Building the components
      6m 33s
    6. Creating a complex Data List pt. 2: Adding the data
      4m 33s
  10. 12m 14s
    1. Publishing an SWF file to view locally or offline
      2m 30s
    2. Publishing an SWF files to upload to the web
      2m 35s
    3. Integrating an SWF file into a web page with Dreamweaver
      2m 25s
    4. Integrating an SWF file into a web page with an HTML text editor
      2m 48s
    5. Publishing an Adobe AIR file
      1m 56s
  11. 7m 52s
    1. Creating custom components
      4m 27s
    2. Working with Library Packages
      1m 47s
    3. Using the Code view in Flash Catalyst
      1m 38s
  12. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training
4h 35m Beginner Apr 12, 2010

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In Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding demonstrates how to create and publish fully interactive Flash (SWF) micro sites, widgets, portfolios, and applications from static Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks artwork—all without writing code. The course covers planning a project, importing and organizing assets, creating interactive components, defining repeating data lists, and publishing final projects. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Organizing a Flash Catalyst project with layers and pages
  • Roundtrip editing with Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Sharing artwork across pages and states
  • Creating data lists for repeating elements in the Design-Time Data panel
  • Defining conditional parameters for an interaction
  • Integrating audio and video
  • Triggering state changes with interactions
  • Creating custom components
  • Exporting to SWF or AIR
  • Placing a SWF file into an HTML page on a web site
Subject:
Web
Software:
Flash Catalyst
Author:
Mordy Golding

Using the drawing and selection tools

One of the nice things about Flash Catalyst is that it's very similar to other design applications, like Photoshop or Illustrator. In fact, when it comes to actually creating some artwork inside of Illustrator, you'll find that many of the same tools, for example, your Selection tools and even some Drawing tools like creating rectangles and circles, all work in very much the same way. So I'm working on this project and I have two pages currently existing in this project. One is called MainMap and one is called Growing. Basically, I have a button over here, which when I click on it I want to activate or transition to this Growing page.

I want to show information about the Growing phase at the olive farm. If I take a look at my Layers panel, I'll see that in the Panels layer, I have a whole separate layer here called Growing. I have two text elements here. Notice that right now I have my Selection tool selected, I can now click on these different text elements to select them on the artboard. If I want to make it easier to move these two elements around as a single unit, I can create a Group. I can do that by holding down the Shift key and selecting both text objects, going to the Modify menu and then on the bottom here choosing Group.

Of course, you may be more familiar with using the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+G on Windows or Command+G on a Mac. Now I want to group these two together because I want to show you a difference here with the way the Selection tools work inside of Flash Catalyst. I'm going to deselect my artwork by clicking on an empty space in my artboard, and I'm going to use my Selection tool to select the Group. Notice now that both elements become selected. In fact, they appear as if they're one object now. If I look at the Layers panel, I'll see that right now I have a Group selected.

Only by clicking on this triangle, will I reveal the contents of that Group, the two different text objects. If I wanted to adjust the position of just one of these objects without moving the entire group, I wouldn't be able to do that with the Selection tool. So I'll deselect my artwork and I'll switch now to the Direct Selection tool, which you can get by clicking and holding your mouse button down on the Selection tool. The keyboard shortcut is very similar to how it is inside of Illustrator: A for Direct Select and V for the Selection tool.

By the way, here is a little tip: If you want to memorize what the keyboard shortcuts are, the V is the shortcut for the Selection tool, because if you turn it upside down, it looks very much like an arrow. Some people also refer to these two arrow tools as the Black arrow or the White arrow or the Solid and Hollow arrows. The A key also looks a little bit like a pointer, but it has a hollow center representing the Hollow arrow or the White arrow. In any case, if you're familiar with Illustrator, you know that the Select tool is used to select entire objects or entire groups, while the Direct Select tool is used to select parts of objects, like individual anchor points, or parts of groups.

So here in Flash Catalyst, I'm going to use the Direct Select tool to move over to the artboard and select each of these text objects individually by clicking on them. As we'll learn later on in this video training title, there are many benefits to creating groups. So you might find yourself switching back and forth between the Selection tool and the Direct Selection tool. However, more often than not, I find myself using the Selection tool all the time, because I prefer to actually make selections of my artwork directly to the Layers panel. You see while I can go ahead now and select the entire group in this way, If I need to select just one of those objects, I can do so directly through the Layers panel.

In fact, I notice that over time, as I use Flash Catalyst more and more, I keep returning to the Layers panel to make my selections rather than use the Selection tools. But besides just making selections in Flash Catalyst, I also have the ability to create shapes. For example, you can see over here that I have a Rectangle tool. If I click and hold my mouse button down, I can also access the Rounded Rectangle tool and the Ellipse tool. There are also various polygon tools such as one that creates Triangles, Hexagons, Octagons and Stars.

Finally, Flash Catalyst also offers a simple Line tool when you want to just create lines across your artboard. In fact, let's create a Rectangle right now. As you can see, the white text here is not very visible on this background. So what I'd like to do is create some kind of a dark rectangle here that will appear behind this, to make the text and any other content that I add to this page, that much more visible. If I scroll down here in my Layers panel, you'll see that I've created a separate folder here called Screen where I'm going to put this object.

Since I know exactly where I want to place it, I'm going to click on this layer right here, that way when I draw the shape, it's going to automatically go into this layer. Next, I'll select my Rectangle tool. I'll position my cursor just about over here on the artboard and I'll click-and-drag to draw a rectangle. There is one thing that I do want to point out that's very different about Flash Catalyst, if you compare it to the behavior of something like Illustrator, for example. You see, if I were in Illustrator, I'd be able to switch to my Direct Select tool and click-and-drag on just one anchor point.

But if I try to do that here instead of Flash Catalyst, I'll find that it's not possible. Even if I use my Direct Select tool, I can't just click on one little anchor point and move it. For the most part, I can work with vector objects by moving it around, resizing it or using the Rotate tool over here to actually transform it, but I can't really make edits to the vectors itself. But that's totally fine because as we'll see later in this chapter, we can always take artwork and bring it back into Illustrator to make some edits. Speaking of editing, what if I want to take this Rectangle which right now is colored white, and change it to a different color or let's say I want to give it a Stroke attribute? These are things which we'll do through the Properties panel, something that we'll cover in the next movie.

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Q: In Flash Catalyst, is it possible to control two sound sources being played at the same time? For example, the main audio will take priority, and the secondary audio will only be played at 20% (or any user defined percentage) of the main audio?
A: In the 1.0 version of Flash Catalyst, this is not possible.
 
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