Drawing Objects

This first lesson will show you how to draw (create) a few objects in Flash. You will then learn how to change or modify these objects.

1. Run Flash 4.0 from the Start menu by choosing Macromedia Flash 4 and then Flash 4 to obtain a blank stage for the first frame.

2. Click on Modify, then Movie from the pull-down menu to obtain the Movie Properties dialog box. Set the size of the movie to a Width of 400 and a Height of 300. Click OK to continue.


You can set the Frame Rate from this dialog box also. The default as shown here is 12 frames per second. You also can change the Background color (the default is White) and define the Grid Spacing and Colors. The Save Default button is used to make the changes you make here the starting point for future projects.

3. Click the Oval tool from the Drawing Tool Bar.

4. From the Modifier area, click on the Fill Color tool. 

5. From the Color Tray, choose the Red Gradient fill color. Click on the Line Color tool and choose Black.

6. Move the mouse over a part of your stage, hold the left mouse button down, then drag the mouse down and to the right to draw the shape.

7. Select the Rectangle tool, click the Fill Color tool and choose a Dark Blue fill color.

8. Draw this object on your stage.

9. Select the Rectangle tool again, click the Color tool, then click on the small icon at the top of the Color Tray.

10. From the Color dialog box, choose Gradient to obtain the dialog box shown here. Choose the Green Gradient fill. Click the down arrow and choose Radial.


You can use this area to modify an existing Gradient fill color or create your own using New. Play around with these options when you get a chance to see what you can come up with. You alco can use the small icon in the bottom-left corner to go to a dialog box that replace the Color Set in this project with a Color Set saved from another project.

11. Move the mouse pointer over your stage, hold down the Down arrow on the keyboard, then draw this object on your stage. Notice that this gives a Rounded Rectangle.

12. Now click the Paint Bucket tool from the Drawing Tool Bar, click the Fill Color tool, select a color from the Color Tray, and click over one of your objects to observe the change in the fill color.

13. Next, select the Line tool and select 2.0 for the Line Thickness using the Line Modifier. Click on the Line Color tool and choose a Dark Red color for the line. Note that you also could use the Modifier area to change the Line Style.

14. Draw the line on your stage as you did the previous objects.

15. Now click on the Ink Bottle tool. The Modifier area should still show a Dark Red Line color, thickness of 2.0, and solid style. (You could change this if you wish.)

16. Click on an edge of the rounded rectangle and notice that the line changes.

Note: When you created the ellipse, rectangle, and rounded rectangle, you actually ended up with two objects: the center of the shape and the line. In the previous steps you changed to fill color of the center of the shape and the line around it.

17. Click the Arrow tool, click over the center of the ellipse, hold the left mouse button down, and drag the center of the ellipse away from the line to prove this. Notice here that the shape that you moved appears as a "dashed" shape. This is an indication that the object is selected. Click away from the objects on the Stage to deselect the shape.

18. Click the Arrow tool, move the mouse pointer to the upper left side of the rounded rectangle. Click and hold the left mouse button down, then drag the mouse down and to the right to select the two parts of the rounded rectangle: the line and the center of the shape.

19. Use the Modify, Group command to group the two parts.

20. With this grouped object selected, click the Scale tool from the Modifier area.

21. Move the mouse pointer over one of the open squares, hold the left mouse button down, and drag the mouse to resize this object.

22. Now click and hold the mouse over the center of this object and move it.

23. With the Arrow tool selected, move the mouse pointer to an edge of the ellipse to note that you get a small arc symbol with the mouse pointer.

24. This means you can reshape the ellipse. Drag the mouse down to observe this. You can do this anywhere around the border of the object. You also can do the same with any of the lines on your Stage.

25. Now click on the Pencil tool. In the Modifier area, click the Pencil Mode tool and choose Smooth.

26. Try drawing a line freehand on your stage and observe the effect.

27. Now use the Arrow tool to select this line. Click on the Smooth tool from the Modifier area a couple of times to observe this effect. You also could use the Straighten tool here to make this a straight line.

28. Use the Save tool to save this as lesson1 to conclude this exercise.