Saturday, September 15, 2007
On Drawing in Flash
Your only hope for good line quality drawing in Flash is if you set the zoom at 400%. With the pencil tool the line adjusts for the zoom, but unfortunately with the brush tool you need to choose a different size brush if you're at a different zoom level. There's a setting for automatic smoothing- I keep it at 20 at present time because I'm on a non smooth jag, no pun intended!
Here are a few tips you may not have followed:
You can select the drawing and turn on the outlines button, in order to draw it better. Try drawing a brush drawing with the pencil.
Notice above the gray layer outline square shows an outline now, not a solid.
So I draw over it on a separate layer, keeping the outline layer locked so I don't accidentally draw into that and annoy myself.
wow look how smooth that pencil line looks compared to the old wobbly brush. Another thing nice about the pencil line is it makes fill easier, especially when you want to make changes.
Now we're going to try to get thick and thin elegance. You'll be better at this than I am.
Highlight the pencil drawing and then go to Modify> Shape>Convert Line to Fills. Maybe it's like this in Illustrator but I could never figure out that program.
Then you can drag out sections of the line to your thick thin desire. People who do this a lot get really good at it, but for me it slows the animation process down too much, and since most of what I'm doing now ends up on youtube, they don't notice stuff like elegant lines there.
ANEEta, your CHIN is quite LOVELY!