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.
✓ Closed Shapes ✓ Paint Bucket ✓ Brush Tool ✓ Paint Behind
Other People's Work:
Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
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
✗ … 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.
Step #4: Other Side ~
✗ Now do the the other side - pick a darker color …
✗ … and lower the Value of the color like this:
✗ 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 …
✗ … and click to fill the area.
✗ HEY! It isn't working! I'm clicking and it doesn't fill! What's wrong?
✗ You must close the gaps or it won't fill!
✗ Get the Selection Tool (v) and adjust the lines to close the gaps!
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.
Last Step: Save and View your work ~
✗ View your work by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Enter
✗ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.fla]
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• 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.
Other Resources: http://www.freeflash.co.in/flashtext/secondpage.html