Tree Example

Summary:

Draw a Cactus in Flash

    ●  Draw a Cactus using Lines and Fill.


Learn About:

Brush Tool Selection and Direct Selection ToolsColor Palette Light and Shadow

  •   This tutorial is part of the Aesop's Fables Project and the Drag and Drop Project.

Other People's Work:

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Step #1: Open Your Project in Flash ~

Open YOUR PROJECT in Flash

 

 

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

… make a New Layer, call it Cactus, and lock lock your other layers.


Step #2: Get the Brush ~

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

brush

Lower the Brush size - Start small ~

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Step #3: Smoothing ~

Open Properties (If you don't see Properties, hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F3 or go to: Window > Properties.)

Raise the Smoothing level.

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Step #4: Change the Color ~

Change the color to Black.

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Step #5: Draw a Cactus ~

Draw the outline:

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Also draw some spines:

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Step #6: Adjust the Lines ~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …

selection tool

… and practice adjusting the Lines:

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Step #7: Color ~

Set your Fill Color to a cactus color.


Step #8: Brush Mode ~

With the Brush selected, set the Brush Mode to "Paint Behind."

Paint Behind allows you to paint over stuff without erasing it.

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Step #9: Convert your Shape to a Movie Clip~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …

selection tool

Drag a box around your object to select the whole thing:

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You know it's selected when it has the dots.

Hit f8(or Right-Click and select: ) and make a Movie Clip.

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Step #10: Filters ~

Go to Filters in the Properties menu

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Add Bevel and Drop Shadow to the box.

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Lock your Layer when done.


Step #11: Add Eyes ~

Go online and search for cartoon eyes.

eyes

Copy some eyes …

copy eyes

… make a New Layer … , and paste.

eyes layer

… and paste.

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Step #12: Free Transform Tool ~

Then select the Free Transform Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (Q) …

free transform

Shrink the eyes to fit your circle.

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Step #13: Trace Bitmap the Eyes ~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) and select the image …

… then go to: Modify > Bitmap > Trace Bitmap.


Step #14: Delete ~

The great thing about Trace Bitmap is you can easily remove the areas you don't need by selecting them with the Selection Tool selection tool and hit Delete.

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Anything else, clean up with the Eraser Tool.

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Do the mouth and nose too!


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.