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In Flash Professional CS5 Essential Training, author Todd Perkins explains the fundamentals of Flash Professional CS5, the industry standard for creating animations and interactive applications for the web, desktop, and mobile devices. This course starts with the basics, such as using the drawing tools to create simple animations, and progresses to automating animation with tweens and adding interactivity with ActionScript. This course also covers how to add sound and video to projects, enhance realism with effects like easing, and publish a project to a variety of platforms. Exercise files are included.
In Flash the Line tools used to draw lines. To use the Line tool, select the Line tool through the toolbar. Once you've selected the Line tool, the Properties panel updates to show Line tool options so you can adjust the stroke of the line. You can click the color swatch for the stroke in the Properties panel to open a color picker. I'm just going to leave black as the stroke. You can use the slider to adjust the stroke height. You can also use the text field. I'll set the stroke height to one. You can adjust the style of the stroke.
I'm going to leave the stroke at Solid for now. If you want a customized style, you can do that as well. So you can choose a base type and then you can customize the settings by adjusting thickness, sharpness, and varying other options for each type. I'm just going to click Cancel. The Scale option allows you to control how obvious will appear in the Flash Player when they're scaled. If you choose the Normal option and draw a shape on the Stage and scale that shape up, the stroke will scale with the shape.
For example if you drew a square on the Stage that had a stroke of one and you scaled it up five times bigger, the stroke would also increase in height as well. If you choose None, the stroke will stay the same size that you set initially. So that same square would have a stroke of one and matter how big you scaled it, or how small. Horizontal only adjusts the height of the stroke when an object is scaled horizontally and Vertical only adjusts the height of the stroke win the object is scaled vertically.
I'm going to leave Normal set right now. Hinting places anchor points at exact pixels. What that means is when you're drawing a line if you're halfway between one pixel and another pixel Flash will automatically snap to the nearest pixel. The reason why this feature exists is so that you don't drop anchor points in between pixels, which could render blurry in the Flash Player. So I'll leave Hinting checked. Cap determines how a stroke will look when it ends and Join determines how a stroke will appear when a one line segment connection with another line segment.
So you can round them. You can bevel them. Or you can set the miter. I'm going to leave the default Round checked. So now I'll draw line on the Stage. To draw a line, click and drag. If you hold the shift key and a keyboard the line will constrain to 45 degree angles. So i'll release my mouse button and create the line. So using the Line tools you can draw lines and even adjust the settings for your lines through the Properties panel.
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