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Using the Deco Tool

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The Deco tool (New!) allows you to apply a kaleidoscopic drawing effect to the Stage or a selected object on the Stage. You can apply several effects: Vine, Grid, or Symmetry. The Vine effect fills the Stage, symbol, object, or closed area with a vine pattern. You can also use your own artwork (symbols) for the leaves and flowers. The Grid effect fills the Stage, symbol, object, or closed area with a symbol from the library. You can create grid patterns, such as a tiled background or checkerboard. The Symmetry effect arranges symbols symmetrically around a central point, which you can control with a set of handles. You can create circular elements, such as a planet. The default symbol for the Symmetry effect is a 25 x 25 pixel black rectangle with no stroke.

Use the Deco Tool

  1. Click the Deco tool on the Tools panel.
  2. In the Property Inspector, click the Drawing Effect list arrow, and then select Vine Fill, Grid Fill, or Symmetry Brush.
  3. Select a fill color for the default shape, or select a symbol.

    • Color Selector. Select a fill color for the default pattern.
    • Edit. Select a custom symbol from the library. You can use any movie clip or graphic symbol in the library as the pattern.
  4. Specify the advanced options you want for the different effects; options vary depending on the selected effect.
  5. Click the Stage or within the shape or symbol (Grid Fill and Vine Fill) where you want the pattern to appear.

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