Edit and Transform Gradients in Flash CS5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

You can use a gradient in Adobe Flash Creative Suite 5 to fill a shape the same way you set a solid fill color. After you apply a gradient to a shape on the Flash CS5 stage, you can use the Gradient tool to modify the gradient’s direction, size, and intensity.

To modify a Linear gradient fill, follow these steps:

  1. Click and hold down your mouse pointer on the Free Transform tool to select the Gradient Transform tool. Select a shape with a gradient fill.

    A bounding box appears.

  2. Use the bounding box’s center point to move the transition point of the gradient.

  3. Use the handle on the right side to modify the intensity of the gradient.

  4. Change the direction of the gradient by using the rotating arrow icon in the upper-right corner of the selection area.

If you’re working with a radial gradient, notice that the Gradient Transform tool behaves slightly differently. An extra round handle appears and lets you scale the gradient, and the rotating-arrow icon (which rotates the gradient area) is located in the lower-right corner. Experiment with both linear and radial gradients to see their differences.