Beep Beep Car Tutorial
Part 3

 

 

Creating a Symbol

You are now ready to turn the graphic (the ellipse) you created into a symbol and store the graphic in the Library. Items stored in the Library can be used later.

  1. Choose the Selection tool.

  2. Double-click on the ellipse. (Note: If you only single click you will not select both the stroke and fill).
  3. Choose Modify >conver to Symbol from the menu. The Symbol Properties dialog box will open.

  4. Type Start Button in the Name field.
  5. Select Button as the type of behavior.
  6. Click on OK.
  7. Choose Window > Library from the menu. The Library panel will open. You should see Start Button in the Library window on the right side of the screen.

  8. Press the Delete key to delete the ellipse from the Stage. Donít worry. You have a copy of the Start Button in the Library.

Gradients

When you click on the Fill color box, the Fill dialog box shown here will open.

Preset Gradients display on the bottom row and show gradations of color. You will use custom gradients to create the movieís sky. First, you must create the custom gradient you will use.

To create the gradient:

  1. Choose Window > Design Panel> Color Mixer from the menu. The Color Mixer panel will appear on the right side.

  2. Select Linear Gradient from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on the first Gradient Range icon then click on the fill color box. A color box will appear.

  4. Select a blue color.
  5. Click on the second Fill Gradient Range icon. Click on the color box and select white.
  6. Move the second Fill Gradient Range icon to the three-quarter point on the Gradient Range slider.

 

The Rectangle Tool

You use the Rectangle Tool to draw rectangles and squares. In this exercise you will create a rectangle and fill it with the gradient you just created. You will then turn the resulting graphic into a symbol and use it later to create the sky.

  1. Select the Rectangle tool.

  2. In the Properties Panel, at the bottom of the screen, change the Stroke, to Hairline from the drop-down menu.
  3. In the Stroke color box, select black.
  4. The Fill color box will contain the gradient you created.
  5. Click on the Stage and drag diagonally to create a rectangle.

Later you will use the graphic you just created. For now, turn it into a symbol.

  1. Choose the Selection tool..
  2. Double-click on the graphic. (Note: If you only single click you will not select both the stroke and fill).
  3. Choose Modufy > Convert to Symbol from the menu. The Symbol Properties dialog box will open.
  4. Type Sky in the Name field.
  5. Select Graphic as the Behavior.
  6. Click on OK to store the graphic in the Library.
  7. Press the Delete key to remove the graphic from the Stage.