The Flash CS5 Symmetry Brush - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Adobe Flash Creative Suite 5’s Symmetry Brush lets you draw cool symmetrical artwork with symbols for your Flash CS5 project. Follow these steps to use the Symmetry Brush:

  1. Click the New Layer button to insert a new layer on the timeline.

  2. If the Deco tool isn’t active, select it from the Tools panel.

  3. In the Property inspector, select the Symmetry Brush from the Drawing Effect drop-down list.

  4. To the right of Module, click the Edit button.

  5. From the Select Symbol dialog box that appears, select a symbol from your library to use with the Symmetry Brush and then click OK.

  6. On the stage, click and drag to begin drawing with the Symmetry Brush.

    The symbol you chose is duplicated in a rotating pattern around the brush point. Release the mouse button to stop drawing.

    The new pattern displays two handles — one to adjust pattern size and one to adjust the distance between each symbol.

  7. Move the cursor over the top of the vertical handle until you see a black arrow; click and drag to readjust the size of the pattern.

  8. Move the cursor over the end of the horizontal handle until you see a black arrow; click and drag clockwise or counterclockwise to reduce or increase the distance between symbol instances, respectively.

If you look at the advanced options for the Symmetry Brush (at the bottom of the Property inspector), you see quite a few other interesting modes that let you reflect symbols or reconfigure them into a grid. Experiment with them and try different symbols from your library for contrast.