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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.
The Swatches panel allows you to save colors, and reuse them in your applications. If you don't see the Swatches panel on your screen, you can find it at Window > Swatches. So let's say you have created a color that you like. For example, I have this color for my avocado shape on the Stage. So I'll select this shape and I'll open the Swatches panel. When you hover over the bottom area of the Swatches panel, your cursor will turn into a paint bucket. That means you're about to save whatever is your current foreground color. Since mine is the color of the avocado shape on the Stage, I want to save that color.
So I'll click to save the color. You'll see that it appears on the left at the very bottom row in the Swatches panel. It's next to the Gradient. So now if I want to apply this color to another shape, I can do that. So let's say I created a blue rectangle. Now, I want to go and apply that same shape as the avocado to it through the Swatches panel. I can select the shape, open the Swatches panel, click on the Color and it's applied to my shape. Swatches panel also allows you to export and import colors.
To export them, click in the Options area of the panel. That reveals a flyout menu, where you have different options for the panel. So I am going to click to Save Colors. In the Chapter 3 folder, I'll save this color set as colors.clr. This format is a Flash color set. You can also save it as a Color Table file with the .act extension. I'll click Save. Then if I delete that color by loading the default colors, I can bring it back in by choosing Replace Colors, opening that file, and there's my color.
So using the Swatches panel, you can save your custom colors and you can export them to a file, and import them from somebody else's file to apply them in your own applications.
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