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Create Gradients in Flash CS5

Gradients in Adobe Flash Creative Suite 5 are blends of two or more colors that you can use to fill any area or shape, just like a solid color. The Flash CS5 Swatches panel offers some gradient presets you can use right away. You can also use the Color panel to create your own gradients and add them to the Swatches panel.

Follow these steps to create a gradient:

  1. Open the Color panel by choosing Window→Color and choose Linear Gradient from the Color Type drop-down list.

    Linear is one of two gradient types you can create.

  2. Double-click one of the horizontal sliders that appears above the gradient ramp at the bottom to see the Swatches panel; pick a color to apply to that slider.

    To add more colors to your gradient, click anywhere on the gradient ramp to add a slider. You can then double-click this slider to set the color.

  3. Adjust the color blends of the gradient by moving the sliders closer together or farther apart.

    To remove colors or sliders, click the slider you want to remove and drag it off the panel to the left or right.

  4. Choose Add Swatch from the panel menu to save your new gradient.

    The gradient swatch is added to the Swatches panel alongside the existing gradients.

In addition to being able to create linear gradients, which blend colors evenly in a straight line, you can create radial gradients, a special type of gradient shape where colors blend from the center outward in a circular motion. To set a gradient as a radial gradient, choose Radial from the Type drop-down list on the Color panel.

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