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Drawing with the Pencil Tool

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Use the Pencil tool for freeform drawing. When you draw with the Pencil tool you are creating strokes. It works the same way as a real pencil with options for smoothing and straightening. Depending upon which mode you choose, Flash makes corrections to the drawn line. Smooth mode softens the curve of the line you draw while Straighten mode transforms the line into a series of straight-line segments and standard curves. If you are using the Pencil or Brush tools with Smooth mode, you can specify the degree of smoothness. Additionally, Flash performs shape recognition to the lines you draw so that if it detects something approximating a simple geometric shape such as a rectangle, oval, or triangle, it converts your drawing into whichever shape it detects. To bypass these modifications, select Ink mode. This mode allows for the most freeform drawing with minimal correction by Flash.

Use the Pencil Tool in Straighten Mode

  1. Click the Pencil tool on the Tools panel.

    The pointer becomes a pencil. The Pencil tool options appear at the bottom of the Tools panel. The default mode is Straighten.

  2. Draw on the Stage with the Pencil, and then release the mouse.

    A rough preview of the line appears as you draw. In Straighten mode, Flash transforms the line into a series of straight-line segments and standard curves.

  3. To change the straighten rate (New!), select the object, click the Modify menu, point to Shape, click Straighten, enter a value, and then click OK.

Use the Pencil Tool in Smooth Mode

  1. Click the Pencil tool on the Tools panel.

    The pointer becomes a pencil. The Pencil tool options appear at the bottom of the Tools panel.

  2. Click the Pencil mode popup in the Options area of the Tools panel, and then click Smooth.
  3. In the Property Inspector, click the Smoothing popup, and then click a value from 1 to 100.

    The default value is set to 50. The greater the smoothing value, the smoother the resulting line.

  4. Draw on the Stage with the Pencil, and then release the mouse.

    A rough preview of the line appears as you draw. In Smooth mode, Flash smoothes the line you draw into curved line segments.

  5. To change the smooth rate and angles (above and below) (New!), select the object, click the Modify menu, point to Shape, click Smooth, enter a value, and then click OK.

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