Add Colors to Swatches in Flash CS5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Using Adobe Flash Creative Suite 5’s Color panel, you can mix and create your own color swatches, make gradients, and even apply transparency effects to existing colors on the Flash CS5 stage.

The Swatches panel exists on its own free-floating panel as well, which you can open by choosing Window→Swatches. The 256 colors on this panel represent the Web-safe color spectrum, which is optimized to ensure that all users, even those with monitors using lower color depth settings, can enjoy your creations.

You can add colors to the Swatches panel from the Color panel, which means that you have access to your own, custom colors from anywhere the Swatches panel appears.

The Color panel features two ways to select a precise color: the color wheel on the right or the sliders on the left. You can combine the two methods to hone in on just the right shade. After you choose the color you want, you can easily add it as a swatch to the Swatches panel by choosing Add Swatch from the panel menu.


To apply a color choice automatically to the stroke or fill swatches, click either the Fill or Stroke color swatch in the upper-left corner of the Color panel. Any changes made using the color wheel or sliders are applied automatically to the selected swatch.

To select a color on the color wheel, click and drag the cross hair inside the color wheel until you find the right hue (for example, greens). Use the slider to the right to select the exact shade of that color.

To select a color with the sliders, first select either the RGB (Red, Green, Blue) or HSB (Hue, Saturation, Brightness) sliders from the Color panel’s panel menu. Move the sliders to find the exact color you want. You can fine-tune this color further with the color wheel and slider.