The Flash CS5 Spray Brush Tool - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

The Spray Brush tool paints with instances of a single symbol from your Adobe Flash Creative Suite 5 library. You can use the Property inspector to dial in settings for scaling, rotation, and brush angle.

Follow these steps to paint with the Spray Brush tool:

  1. Click the New Layer button, found below the Timeline, to create a new, empty layer to paint on.

  2. Select the Spray Brush tool from the Tools panel (click and hold the Brush tool to find the Spray Brush tool).

    The Property inspector displays options for the Spray Brush tool.

  3. In the Property inspector, click the Edit button in the Symbol options area.

    The Select Symbol dialog box appears, prompting you to select a symbol from your library.

  4. Choose a symbol and click OK to close the dialog box.

  5. In the Symbol options area, use the Scale Width and Scale Height sliders to reduce or increase the scaling for each instance painted on the stage.

  6. In the Brush options area, enter values for the width and height of the brush, and the brush angle, if you want.

  7. Click and drag on the stage to begin painting.

    The Spray Brush paints with the symbol you selected using the settings you chose in the Property inspector. You control the size, scatter, and scaling.

The Spray Brush tool creates groups from all the paint droplets it leaves behind. You can break apart these groups by choosing Modify→Break Apart, or edit its contents by double-clicking the group on the stage.