122 - Draw a Tree in Flash ~
Selection and Direct Selection Tools
Drop Shadow Filter
• For drawing, Flash is very easy to understand & serves as a good introduction to "vector" graphics applications like Adobe Illustrator.
• Ambitious Flash users can use the powerful animation features, but it's not required. You can make Flash as complicated or simple as you want.
Other People's Work:
Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step 1: Open your Project in Flash ~
Add a New Layer and call it Tree
Step 2: Get the Brush ~
Select the Brush Tool or just hit the letter (B).
Lower the Brush size - Start small ~
Step #3: Smoothing ~
Open Properties (If you don't see Properties, hit Ctrl+F3 or go to: Window > Properties.)
Raise the Smoothing level.
Note: The higher the smoothing number, the smoother your lines will be, the lower, the rougher.
TRY IT! With the Smoothing set both high, draw another line and compare:
Step #4: Change the Color ~
Change the color to Black.
Step #5: Object Drawing OFF ~
Also, make sure Object Drawing mode is UNCLICKED
Again, have Object Drawing un-clicked -
Step #6: Draw a Tree Trunk ~
Draw a Tree Trunk
Step #7: Draw the Foliage ~
Draw the leaves …
Step #8: The Details ~
At this point you might want to adjust some of the lines.
To reshape your lines: Use the Selection Tool.
Just click and drag the edges of the lines.
Do a GOOD JOB! Be detailed. Make each line as precise as possible with as much detail as you can. Don't get lazy here.
Step #9: The Colors ~
Click on the Paint Bucket Tool...
... pick a Fill Color from the color palette, ...
... select Close Large Gaps under Gap Size at the bottom of your Tools palette...
... and fill the leaves green and the trunk brown.
Step #12: Fruit ~
Change the Fill to Red or whatever and draw some fruit on the tree with the Brush.
Step #13: Trunk Lines ~
Add some details to the trunk:
Step #14: Deco Tool ~
Try the Deco Tool also …
Try the vine …
Step #15: Convert your Shape to a Movie Clip~
Using the Selection Tool again …
Drag a box around your object to select the whole thing:
You know it's selected when it has the dots.
Hit (F8) & make it a Movie Clip Symbol
Be sure to convert the image to a Movie Clip.
Step #16: Filters ~
Go to Filters in the Properties menu
Add Bevel …
… and Drop Shadow to the tree.
Lock your Layers when done.
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
Save your work and attach.