| 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:

Icon

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 |

options

 

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

Gradient Transform (F) | menu |

options

 

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

3D Rotation (W) | menu |

options

 

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

3D Translation (G) | menu |

options

 

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

Lasso (L)| menu |

options

Create freehand selections around one or more points
pen tool

Pen (P) | menu |

properties

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

Add Anchor Point (=) | menu |

options

Add anchor points along an existing path
delete anchor

Delete Anchor Point (-) | menu |

options

Remove anchor points from an existing path
convert anchor tool

Convert Anchor Point (C) | menu |

options

 

Change the curve orientation of an existing point
text tool

Text (T) | menu |

properties

 

Create text on the stage
line tool

Line (N) | menu |

options

 

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 |

properties

 

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

Polystar Tool | menu |

properties|

Create multisided shapes on the stage
pencil tool

Pencil (Y)| menu |

properties

options

 

Draw freehand paths
paintbrush tool

Brush (B) | menu |

proeprties

Draw broad, freehand fill areas
spray can tool

Spray Brush (B) | menu |

properties

 

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 |

properties|

Apply or modify the fill color of an area
inkbottle tool

Ink Bottle (S) | menu |

properties

 

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 |

options

 

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 |

options

Zoom in or out of a selected area of the stage