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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 Oval tool is in the toolbar in the same flyout menu as a Rectangle tool. So you might see an Oval, Rectangle, or hexagon. So click and hold your mouse down in the toolbar and select the Oval tool. Note the keyboard shortcut is O. So with the Oval tool selected I am going to make sure Merge Drawing is on, so I don't have Object Drawing selected. Then I am going to choose a fill color in the properties panel, note that you can choose stroke, stroke style, Cap and Join just like when you are drawing other shapes.
Then you can define a Start and End angle and Inner radius. We will look at those in just a minute. For now, click-and-drag on the Stage to create an oval. Note that when you are clicking-and- dragging, you can also hold the Alt or Option key to draw the oval from the center. You can also hold the Shift key to constrain the shape to a circle. So there's my circle. I am just going to press Command+Z to undo that change and then we'll look back in the Properties panel. So if you expand the Oval Option section, you'll see Start angle, End angle, Inner radius and Close path.
Let's take a look at those different options. I am going to just adjust the Start angle and then go ahead and click-and-drag on the screen and you could see how it works. The start angle specifies the angle where the oval will start. So it will have a little bit bigger than a 90-degree angle here. An End angle specifies the ending angle of the shape. So here I have an angle that is 115.47 degrees. Angle is right here at that point on the shape. Go ahead and turn off End angle and I am going to drag up Inner radius, so I can create a radius inside of the oval.
Undo that change again. So if I uncheck Close path and I drag the Start angle up, Flash will just draw that line and it will not close the path into a fold shape with a fill. To reset the Oval settings just click the Reset button and all the options go to 0 and Close path is checked. So when you're drawing ovals in Flash, you just select the Oval tool, which again is in the flyout menu with the Rectangle tool, and you can adjust the various angle options in the Properties panel.
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