Modify and Transform Text in Flash CS5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

In Adobe Flash Creative Suite 5, you can change and transform type and text characters just like shapes and artwork by using either the Transform tool or the Transform panel. Regardless of any transformations your Flash CS5 type undergoes, it remains editable.

To transform a line of type, make sure that it’s active by first selecting it using the Selection or Text tools. To transform, choose the Transform tool or open the Transform panel.

You can distort and modify type outlines just like any other shape or path. However, type is created on a special type path so that it can be edited at any point. You need to break your type characters off a path first in order to tweak any of their outlines.

To modify or distort type outlines, follow these steps:

  1. Select the type you want to modify and choose Modify→Break Apart.

  2. If your type is longer than a single character, repeat Step 1 until the bounding box disappears from around the characters, and you see the stippled fill pattern within each character.

  3. Use the Selection or Subselection tool to modify the outlines (as we demonstrate with shapes earlier in this chapter).

  4. (Optional) Use the Ink Bottle tool to apply a stroke to the type.

If you’re familiar with Adobe Illustrator, think of Break Apart as the Flash equivalent of the Create Outlines command.