This is the “Introduction to Flash MX” tutorial that I created.
The Work Space
The Stage – This is where you draw, import artwork, add text and sound.
Toolbox – Tools you can use to modify, create, and place text and graphics.
Toolbox – Modifiers
- Arrow Tool – allows us to select and move items on stage.
- Subselection Tool – alls us to select and adjust anchors and move line segments.
- Line Tool – creates line segments.
- Lasso Tool – surrounds areas of objects to select.
- Pen Tool – Sets corner anchors with a click and curved anchors with a click and drag.
- Text Tool – creates editable text. Properties box will allow selection of font, size, and justification
- Oval Tool – creates ovals and circles. Also has fill and stroke attributes.
- Rectangle Tool – creates rectangles. Also has fill and stroke attributes.
- Pencil Tool – draw freeform shapes as a pencil.
- Brush Tool – draw freeform shapes as a paintbrush.
- Free Transform Tool – allows us to scale, rotate, or skew a selected object.
- Fill Transform Tool – fills object with color or gradient.
- Ink Bottle Tool – applies the choosen stroke attributes display to the object selected on the stage.
- Paint Bucket Tool – fills object with choosen color.
- Eyedropper Tool – picks up fill or stroke attributes and Ink Bottle is used to apply to a new object.
- Eraser Tool – removes portion of the fill/shape of an object as you drag over it.
Toolbox – View
- Hand Tool – clicking and dragging moves the position of the View of the stage.
- Zoom Tool – clicking and dragging moves the magnification of the stage.
Toolbox – Colors
- Stroke Color – select color to be used for stroke.
- Fill Color – select color to be used for fill.
- Black and White – select color to be used for stroke.
- No Color – select color to be used for fill.
- Swap Color – select color to be used for stroke.
Toolbox – Options –
The options displayed here are specific
to the tool that is currently selected.
The Timeline – This organizes and controls the Flash animations’s content over time (in frames).