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In this course, author Todd Perkins helps designers build their power user skills with an array of timesaving tips, tricks, and techniques that work in multiple versions of Flash Professional. Beginning with Todd's top 20 shortcuts, the course includes tips for designing and animating artwork, managing multiple libraries, writing and navigating through code, optimizing bitmaps and audio, and much more.
Zooming in and out is a common task when working with any type of digital artwork. There are obliviously many ways to do it, but some are more effective than others. You may have noticed a drop-down menu at the top right in the working area in Flash. Notice that you can do Fit in Window, Show Frame, Show All, and pick different percentages. Personally, I never use these. I prefer keyboard shortcuts for zooming in and out. Now of course, there are the obvious keyboard shortcuts that work in pretty much every application which is Command or Ctrl, Plus or Minus.
So Command+Plus to zoom in and Command+Minus to zoom out. I use this pretty often. This is kind of a general purpose, and it just zooms in right to the middle of whatever is on your screen. Another zoom that I like to use is the Zoom tool and of course that's the keyboard shortcut Z and then you can just click and drag any kind of selection area to zoom in on a particular object. So I use that pretty often. Another way that I like to zoom is to show my artwork at 100% scale.
So that way I gets a really accurate preview of what the artwork is going to look like in the finished product. The keyboard shortcut for that is Command+1 or Ctrl+1. Think of 100%. Sometimes I just want to fill my whole screen with as much artwork as I can. So zoom in as close as I can so I can do as many edits without having to pan or zoom. To do that, press Command+2 or Ctrl+2. That's the keyboard for Show Frame and that basically fits all the artwork in a viewable area that you have.
So like I said earlier there are many different ways to zoom in and out of a file, but personally I find the keyboard shortcuts most effective, specifically Command+Plus and Command+Minus to zoom in and out respectively, Z to use the Zoom tool, and Command+1 or Ctrl+1 to go to 100%, and 2 to fit the artwork in your visible frame.
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