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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 Zoom and Hand tools, you can more easily get your artwork in Flash to the correct view, so that you can edit it in the easiest way possible. First, let's take a look at the Zoom tool. I'll select it in the toolbar. Then you can see in the Options area, you can go into the Enlarge mode or the Reduce mode. So with the Enlarge mode, you click to enlarge objects and zoom in, and in the Reduce mode, you click to zoom out. Honestly, I always use the Enlarge mode because with the keyboard shortcut Option or Alt, you can zoom out anyway.
You can also click-and-drag to zoom in to a selection area. So I can select a certain part of the screen and zoom into that part. That way, I can zoom-in as far as I want, so I can more easily make changes to small pieces of artwork. Another way to zoom-in and out is by using the Zoom drop-down menu above the Stage. Here, you can choose a percentage of zoom or you can choose Fit in Window, Show Frame or Show All. Fit in Window fits the Stage in the window area that you have allowed for it.
So the Stage takes up all the available space in between, for example the Timeline and then the top bar of Flash. Show Frame gives a scrollable area, so that you can scroll around through the pasteboard. I am going to go back to Fit in Window. When you choose Show All, Flash will zoom out to reveal any artwork that's hidden on the pasteboard. So you can see all of your artwork directly in the viewing area. There are actually some useful keyboard shortcuts for these options.
If you go to View > Magnification, I use 100%, which is Command or Ctrl+1 and Show Frame which is Command or Ctrl+2 pretty often, especially Show Frame. Another useful keyboard shortcut when you're working with Zoom is Command or Ctrl+Plus or Minus, Plus to zoom-in, Minus to zoom-out. So Command+Plus zooms in, Command+Minus zooms out. Notice that Flash zooms in on the selected object. So you can select an object on the Stage and zoom in or zoom out.
Another useful tool to help you get a better view of artwork in Flash is the Hand tool. The Hand tool allows you to pan around. So I'll select the Hand tool and click-and-drag on the Stage. Notice that I'm not really moving any of the artwork. I am just moving my view of the artwork. So I can pan around the Stage and easily position the Stage in a spot that makes it easiest to edit my artwork. What I recommend doing for the Hand tool is using a keyboard shortcut to toggle the Hand tool on and off. If I go to the Selection tool and hold Spacebar, the Hand tool is in toggle.
So I can click-and-drag, and Pan and release the Spacebar to go back to the Selection tool. To be honest, that's how I always use the Hand tool in Flash. So that's something important to remember. So using the Zoom tool and the Hand tool, you can easily get your art in the right position and the right size for the easiest editing possible.
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