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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.
Using the Color panel, you can fine-tune the colors applied to your shapes. If you don't see the Color panel on your screen, you can find it at Window > Color. So on the Stage here I have an avocado shape. And I want to make it a little bit darker and apply a custom color to the shape. So I'll open up the Color panel and I'll make the change. When you open the Color panel, you'll see a bunch of different sliders and other settings that you can control to modify colors. The first thing I want to point out is something where people commonly make errors when working with the Color panel.
Often, people will think they are editing a fill color when they will actually be editing the stroke color. You can tell whether you are editing a stroke or a fill based on whether stroke color or fill color is selected. You can tell which one is selected because it has a dark background. So right now I have fill color selected. There are also buttons to set the default colors, Black stroke and White fill, No Color to remove a stroke or fill and Swap colors to swap the colors for the stroke and the fill. The color selection area and vertical color slider varies depending on what you have selected on the right.
On the right side of the Color panel, you will see HSB, RGBA. These values stand for Hue, Saturation, Brightness, Red, Green, Blue and Alpha. Alpha refers to the transparency of an object with 100% being fully opaque and 0 being fully transparent. So you can adjust these values using the color area or the Color slider or you can drag the sliders next to Hue, Saturation, and Brightness, Red, Green, Blue or Alpha.
It's your choice. When you're changing a color, the top-half of the color preview area shows the color that you are changing to, and the bottom-half shows the current color. For example, I have the purple color for my avocado right now. If I click-and-drag the Brightness slider down, you'll see that top-half of the preview area gets darker. So I can see what it is and I can see what it's changing to. Finally, you have the Hexadecimal value area in the Color panel. This value uses a six-digit number to represent a color.
The first two numbers represent the red values, the second two represent the green values, and the third two represent the blue values. The valid values for the colors are 0-9 and A-F. It's called Hexadecimal because it's a 16-digit base. So 0 would be the lowest and F would be the highest. For example, I can enter a color like 268448 and press Return on my keyboard to apply the change to the shape. So using the Color panel, you have a much greater degree of control over your colors than you do just using a regular color picker.
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