How to Modify Gradients in Adobe Flash CS6 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

After you create a gradient in Adobe Flash CS6, you can use it to fill a shape the same way you set a solid fill color. After you apply a gradient to a shape on the 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. Create a shape and fill it with a linear gradient from the Swatches panel or Fill color selector on the Tools panel.

  2. 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.

    Handles appear on the right and left sides of the shape.

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

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

  5. 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.