Exploring the Toolbox
The drawing tools in Flash are not as versatile as those found in
some other graphics programs; even so, they can do a lot and you should
use them for as many of your movie's graphic needs as possible.
Open Flash MX and explore...
you click and drag with the hand tool selected it will move your document
around without making any changes, much like putting you hand on a piece
of paper on your desk and pushing it around.
The pencil icon in the Colors Area denotes Stroke Color Control. (Stroke is a fancy way of saying line or outline.) Click on the pencil - notice how the area around this section turns white? That's a quick visual check that let's you know the next modifications you make will affect that aspect of the tool you will be using.
The paint bucket icon denotes Fill Color Control. To activate the Fill Color Control click on the paint bucket. The area surrounding the pencil is now gray and the area around the bucket is white - we've now left the Stroke Color Control and moved on to the Fill Color Control.
At the bottom of the Colors Area are 3 small buttons:
These are pretty straightforward -- Black/White sets the colors
for the Stroke and Fill to black and white. The control that is selected
(has the white area around it) is the one that will be set to black.
The No Color button shuts off the color for the Stroke or Fill,
whichever is selected. When a specific drawing tool is not selected,
the No Color button is grayed out because it cannot be used. Swap
Colors is a quick way to reverse your selected Stroke and Fill colors.