| Introduction | Selection Tools| Transform Tools | 3D Tools | Lasso | Pen Tools |
| Text | Line | Rectangle | Rectangle Primitive | Oval | Oval Primitive | Polystar |
| Pencil | Paint Brush | Spray Brush Tools | Deco | Bone | Bind | Paint Bucket |
| Ink bottle |Eye Dropper | Eraser | Hand | Zoom In/Out |

Flash Tools Panel

Tools Panel| menu |

The tools in the Tools panel let you draw, paint, select, and modify artwork, as well as change the view of the Stage. The Tools panel is divided into four sections:

To show or hide the Tools panel, select Window > Tools.

Select tools

Do one of the following:


Tool Name/Keyboard Command/Properties Panel

What You Can Do with It

selection tool

Selection (V) | menu |

selection tool

  • Select and move objects on the stage and work area
  • Select and resize/scale objects on the stage and work area
  • Select and rotate objects on the stage and work area
  • Select the stage and change the Properties of FPS or Size.
subselection tool

Subselection (A)| menu |

(no properties or options)

Select and move specific points on a path or a shape
free transform tool

Free Transform (Q) | menu |



Change an object’s dimensions, rotation, or proportions
gradient transform tool

Gradient Transform (F) | menu |



Change the size, intensity, and direction of a gradient fill
3d rotation tool

3D Rotation (W) | menu |



Translate 2D artwork into the 3D plane and rotate it around an x, y, and z axis
3d translate tool

3D Translation (G) | menu |



Click and drag artwork along the x, y, or z axis to illustrate depth and distance
lasso tool

Lasso (L)| menu |


Create freehand selections around one or more points
pen tool

Pen (P) | menu |


Create accurate, point-by-point straight and curved paths
add anchor

Add Anchor Point (=) | menu |


Add anchor points along an existing path
delete anchor

Delete Anchor Point (-) | menu |


Remove anchor points from an existing path
convert anchor tool

Convert Anchor Point (C) | menu |



Change the curve orientation of an existing point
text tool

Text (T) | menu |



Create text on the stage
line tool

Line (N) | menu |



Draw straight lines
rectangle tool

Rectangle Tool (R) | menu |

rectangle properties


Create rectangular shapes on the stage
oval tool

Oval Tool (O) | menu |

oval properties


Create oval shapes on the stage
rectangle primitive tool

Rectangle Primitive Tool (R) | menu |

properties| menu |


Create rectangular, oval, or multisided shapes on the stage
oval prim tool

Oval Primitive (O) | menu |



Create rounded rectangles and multiradiused ovals that can be modified
polystar tool

Polystar Tool | menu |


Create multisided shapes on the stage
pencil tool

Pencil (Y)| menu |




Draw freehand paths
paintbrush tool

Brush (B) | menu |


Draw broad, freehand fill areas
spray can tool

Spray Brush (B) | menu |



Create a spattered, airbrush-like painting with symbols from the library
deco tool

Deco (U) | menu |

properties| menu |

Create animated or non-animated flower-and-leaf style fills or symmetrical artwork with symbols
bone tool

Bone (M) | menu |

(no special options or properties)


Join shapes or symbols with virtual “bones” for creating posable inverse kinematics (IK) objects
bind tool

Bind (M) | menu |

(no special options or properties)


Edit connections between objects created using the Bone tool
paint bucket tool

Paint Bucket (K) | menu |


Apply or modify the fill color of an area
inkbottle tool

Ink Bottle (S) | menu |



Apply or modify the stroke color and style of a shape or path
eyedropper tool

Eyedropper (I) | menu |

(no special options or properties)


Sample the color property from an object
handeraser tool

Eraser (E) | menu |



Erase parts of a fill or path
hand tool

Hand (H) | menu |

(no special options or properties)


Reposition the stage and work area within the workspace
zoom tool

Zoom (Z) | menu |


Zoom in or out of a selected area of the stage