Summary:

Coloring in Flash: Learn the Paint Bucket & Gradients in Flash

    ●   The Paint Bucket in Flash funcitons slightly different than in Photoshop. It's actually more like Illustrator in that it requires closed shapes to work properly.

    ●   But that's no guarantee. It still sometimes doesn't work as it should.

    ●     In that case, you must resort to the Brush Tool to fill in your work with color.


Learn About:

Closed Shapes Paint Bucket Brush Tool Paint Behind

   •   This tutorial is the 2nd in a series that guide students thru the Aesop's Fables and Drag and Drop Projects.

  •   1 - Line Art   •   2 - Color   •   3 - Shading

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.


      Scorpion   froggy   lion     lion again       sun   traveler  

Step #1: Open your project in Flash ~

Open your PROJECT from the Line Art tutorial in Flash

 

 

… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …


Step #2: Color ~

Go to: Window » Color or hit: Shift (⇧) + Cmd (⌘) + F9 shift key f9

… click Fill Color

… and select Radial in the Fill Style.


Step #3: Color Selector ~

Double-Click on the color selector …

… and select a color for that gradient.

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Step #4: Other Side ~

Now do the the other side - pick a darker color …

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… and lower the Value of the color like this:

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Ooops! ~

 

 

If you add too many selectors, just drag them into space to remove …

 


Step #5: Paint Bucket Tool ~

Get the Paint Bucket Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter: (k) …

… and selecting Close Large Gaps under Gap Size at the bottom of your Tools palette …

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… and click to fill the area.

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HEY! It isn't working! I'm clicking and it doesn't fill! What's wrong?

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You must close the gaps or it won't fill!

 


Get the Selection Tool (v) and adjust the lines to close the gaps!

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Step #6: One More Thing ~

Select the Gradient Transform Tool by hitting the keyboard shortcut letter: (f) …

 

… spin, twist, tweek and move the gradient around to suit your needs.

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Last Step: Save and View your work ~

View your work by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Enter cmd enter

Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.fla]

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•   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME


  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.


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