How to Create Lines and Curves in Adobe Flash CS6 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Using the Pen tool in Adobe Flash CS6 may be a bit different from tools you’re used to, unless, of course, you’ve used the Pen tool in applications such as Illustrator or Photoshop.

The Pen tool isn’t a freehand drawing tool; rather, you use it to create paths, or outlines, composed by connecting anchor points. When you click and create new points, lines are automatically drawn to connect those points. You can then either bend those lines into precise curves or leave them straight.

The best way to understand the Pen tool is to practice working with it. Visualize a shape you want to draw (for example, a leaf) and try to create it with the Pen tool.

To get started, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Pen tool from the Tools panel.

  2. Use the Color swatch on the bottom of the Tools panel to set a stroke color.

  3. Click to set the first point on the stage and then construct a line by clicking again to set a second point where you want the line to end.

  4. Click to set a new point and before releasing the mouse button, drag to the left or right to bend the new line into a curve.

    The more you drag in a particular direction, the more extreme the curve you create.

  5. Continue creating new points and experimenting with different curves.

  6. Move your mouse pointer over the first point you created (a loop appears above the icon) and click to close the path and complete the shape.

The Pen tool attempts to continue a curve in the same direction even after a new point is set. To reset the last point drawn back to a straight line, hold down the Option (Mac) or Alt (Windows) key and click the last point created before setting a new one.