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By Joe Sullivan

Simply because most folk do not have the luxurious of sitting down uninterrupted for hours at a time to benefit Flash, this 10 Minute advisor makes a speciality of the main usually used beneficial properties, overlaying them in classes designed to take 10 mins or much less to accomplish.

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The bottom line of the Fill Color palette comes with several predetermined gradients. Click on them to use them with the Fill option. Define a custom gradient by selecting Window, Panels, Fill. Click the downward-pointing arrow to open the Options flyout, and select either radial or linear gradient. 4 Gradients: A radial gradient is on the left; a linear gradient on the right. The horizontal bar with bucket icons hanging on it edits the gradient range. Click and drag the icons in either direction on the bar to adjust the gradient to one you desire, or click and drag downward to remove a color from the gradient.

The Pen tool is great for drawing point-to-point curves. This can provide a wavelike effect. To use the Pen tool, select it from the toolbox, and draw a vertical line on one side of your stage by clicking where you want your curve to start, dragging down, and releasing. Then, do the same on the other side of the stage. When you release, a curved line will connect your two control nodes. NEW TERM Nodes: Nodes in Flash are control points along or at the end of a line, curve, or shape. They can be selected and moved to alter the shape of a line or form.

TIP Animation is essentially the process of changing the location of objects from one frame to another. Using grids and rulers helps you position the objects exactly as you want them and facilitates smooth animation. You can also change the color of the ruler or grid guidelines. This can be helpful if you have a background color other than the white stage, and you are having difficulty viewing the lines. To change the color, choose View, Grid, Edit Grid, or View, Guides, Edit Guides. In both cases, a panel appears with a palette near the top from which you can select another color through the same method you use with any Flash palette.

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