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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.
Sometimes, when you're working in Flash, you want to view a layer as just an outline. For example, let's say I wanted to fine-tune this shape that I traced over my guide. It might be better to view the layer as an outline rather than a filled shape. To view a layer as an outline, you click that yellow icon that's under the Show All Layers as Outlines button. I can click to toggle whether that layer appears in Outline mode or not. The same keyboard shortcuts apply with the Option+Clicking or Alt+Clicking as applied to the showing and hiding and locking of layers.
So you can view one layer as outlines and every other layer as a normal layer or the opposite by Option+Clicking or Alt+Clicking. So you'll notice that when I view this layer as Outlines, that the Outline color is pretty close to the color of the flower. So it's kind of hard to see. So let's say I wanted to adjust that Outline color. I can do that in the Layer Properties menu. So I'll double-click the flower layer icon to open up the Layer Properties dialog box. Here I can change the layer's Outline color. So I'll click that Color Picker. I want to use something that's a bright color, that's not anywhere near the color of the flower or anything next to the flower.
So I'll pick a teal color here. So I'll pick that color and click OK. Now I can see the outline of my layer. So I can get in there and fine-tune my shape to better match my guide. So by using Outlines, you can more easily work in Flash and get a different perspective when you're manipulating artwork.
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