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Drawing with the Pen Tool

The Pen tool is the basis for vector drawing. Flash provides a number of ways to draw and edit objects that are unique to Flash but the Pen tool utilizes procedures that will be familiar to those who have used other vector drawing programs. The Pen tool utilizes anchor points and Bézier handles to create lines and shapes and behaves in a way that is familiar to those who have used other programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia FreeHand. You can edit the anchor points and vectors you create by using key modifiers and the Sub-Selection tool. Utilize these tools when you need to create art with more precision.

Use the Pen Tool to Create an Open Path

  1. Click the Pen tool in the Toolbar.

    The pointer becomes a pen.

Timesaver

Press P to quickly select the Pen tool.

Figure 3.52Figure 3.52

  1. Click on the Stage.

    An anchor point is created.

  2. Move your pointer to another position, and then click again.

    Flash connects the two anchor points.

Figure 3.53Figure 3.53

  1. Double-click to end the path.

Did You Know?

You can end an open path using a keyboard shortcut. Press Command+click (Mac) or Ctrl+click (Win).

See Also

See "Modifying Shapes with the Sub-Selection Tool" on page 112 for information on using tools.

Use the Pen Tool to Create a Closed Path

  1. Click the Pen Tool in the Toolbar.

    The pointer becomes a pen.

Timesaver

Press P to quickly select the Pen tool.

Figure 3.54Figure 3.54

  1. Click on the Stage.

    An anchor point is created.

  2. Move your pointer to another position, and then click again.

    Flash connects the two anchor points.

  3. Move the pointer to a third position, and then click again.

    Flash connects the second and third anchor points.

  4. Move the pointer back to the first anchor point.

    A small circle appears next to the pen pointer indicating you can close the path of the shape.

Figure 3.55Figure 3.55

  1. Click to close the shape.

Figure 3.56Figure 3.56

Did You Know?

You can delete an anchor point with the Pen tool. With the Pen tool selected, click a shape on the Stage to select it. Position the X pointer over the anchor point you want to delete. A small minus (-) sign appears next to the X pointer. Click to delete the point.

You can create horizontal, vertical, and 45 degree lines while you draw. Hold the Shift key while you draw to constrain a line to horizontal, vertical, and 45 degree angles.

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Show Me Macromedia Flash MX 2004

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Show Me Macromedia Flash MX 2004

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