Summary:

Flash Drawing Tutorial 3 of 3 - Highlights & Shadows

    ●   Highlights and Shadows add expressiveness to your characters and create more visually interesting compositions.

    ●   Paint Inside and Paint Behind allow you to apply colors behind objects without erasing them or using layers.

    ●   This is important especially for areas where the Paint Bucket doesn't work, because all that's left is the Brush Tool!


Learn About:

Paint Brush Colors Paint Inside Paint Behind

   •   This tutorial is the 3rd 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.

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Step #1: Open your Character in Flash ~

Open your outline drawing from this tutorial


Step #2: Color ~

Go to: Window » Color, Double-Click Fill Color and select a lighter color color with the Eyedropper Tool

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Step #3: Highlights ~

Select the Brush Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (B) …

… set the Brush Mode to "Paint Inside."

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Paint INSIDE your lines without erasing the others to make highlights …


Step #4: Keep Going!

Use the lighter colors to paint highlights all around your character.

 

 

 

Highlighting makes your characters look more interesting.

Highlight light the outside edges to give your character depth.


Step #5: Darken ~

Now darken the color like this:

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… and - using Paint Inside - make shadows behind THOSE lines:

Darken EVEN MORE! Do another layer of DARKER shadows:

 

The more highlights & shadows the better!

Shadows around the outside edges give the illusion of depth …

 

 


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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