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> Following the instructions, I'm supposed to draw a circle
> with the lasso tool around the top of a glass of water so
> the water (a bitmap image of water inside a glass shape)
> isn't a straight line.
I haven't read that particular Classroom in a Book, but you mentioned
the fact that your image is a bitmap, which is a useful clue. The Lasso can
select anything as a whole, but it can only make partial selections on vetor
artwork, so you'll have to convert your bitmap to a filled rectangle (or
whatever shape the image is; perhaps a square).
To do this, select your image and select Modify > Break Apart. If your
image happens to be grouped somehow, or nested inside a symbol (movie clip,
for example), you may have to break it apart more than once. Once it's
broken down, you'll see a sort of mesh over the image, which indicates it is
now a vector shape with a bitmap fill. (The mesh just indicates that the
shape is selected. If you click elsewhere, the image will look clear
again.) At this point, you can use the Lasso tool to make your curved
Note: it might be part of the exercise to keep the image inside a
symbol. If that's so, then the Break Apart feature will have removed the
image from its symbol (even though you'll still see an unharmed copy in the
Library). As an alternative to what I suggested, you can double-click on
the image until you enter all the possible groupings and symbols it might be
nested inside. The Propery inspector will tell you, every time, what you're
selecting. When you see that you've finally reached your bitmap, perform
the Break Apart then.
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> But when I draw a circle around the top of the glass and release the mouse
> button, the circle just disappears. The history shows a lasso symbol with
> a red
> "x" by it. Is this an indication that I did something wrong?
> I'm not sure if I'm providing enough information, but can someone maybe
> me what I'm doing wrong or missing?
> Thanks for anyone's help!