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!
✓ Paint Brush ✓ Colors ✓ Paint Inside ✓ Paint Behind
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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 …
Step #3: Highlights ~
✗ Select the Brush Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (B) …
✗ … set the Brush Mode to "Paint Inside."
✗ 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:
✗ … 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
✗ 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.
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