The Adobe CS5 Flash Tools Panel - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Flash has a comprehensive set of tools for just about any drawing task you need to wrap your hands around. The Tools panel has been redesigned to make your work area flow more smoothly.

Adobe CS5 Flash Tools Panel
Tool Name/Keyboard Command What You Can Do with It
Selection (V) Select and move objects on the stage and work area
Subselection (A) Select and move specific points on a path or a shape
Free Transform (Q) Change an object’s dimensions, rotation, or
Gradient Transform (F) Change the size, intensity, and direction of a gradient
3D Rotation (W) Translate 2D artwork into the 3D plane and rotate it around an
x, y, and z axis
3D Translation (G) Click and drag artwork along the x, y, or z axis to illustrate
depth and distance
Lasso (L) Create freehand selections around one or more points
Pen (P) Create accurate, point-by-point straight and curved paths
Add Anchor Point (=) Add anchor points along an existing path
Delete Anchor Point (-) Remove anchor points from an existing path
Convert Anchor Point (C) Change the curve orientation of an existing point
Text (T) Create text on the stage
Line (N) Draw straight lines
Shape Tools (R, O) Create rectangular, oval, or multisided shapes on the
Primitive Tools (R, O) Create rounded rectangles and multiradiused ovals that can be
Pencil (Y) Draw freehand paths
Brush (B) Draw broad, freehand fill areas
Spray Brush (B) Create a spattered, airbrush-like painting with symbols from
the library
Deco (U) Create animated or non-animated flower-and-leaf style fills or
symmetrical artwork with symbols
Bone (M) Join shapes or symbols with virtual “bones” for
creating posable inverse kinematics (IK) objects
Bind (M) Edit connections between objects created using the Bone
Paint Bucket (K) Apply or modify the fill color of an area
Ink Bottle (S) Apply or modify the stroke color and style of a shape or
Eyedropper (I) Sample the color property from an object
Eraser (E) Erase parts of a fill or path
Hand (H) Reposition the stage and work area within the workspace
Zoom (Z) Zoom in or out of a selected area of the stage