Here in Flash CS4 Explorer, I have shapes. It's intuitive that I be able to right-click on Scene1, and be able to Insert Shape. Can't. I go to the frame. Can't. I right-click everywhere. I see 'Create Shape', but everywhere I see it, it's grayed out - won't let me.
How do I create new shapes in the graphics folder in the library of a flash cs4 project?
Thanx for helping out a flash newbie (you will be credited in my FAQ),
you can choose tool which you would like form the tools bar (Cntrl + F2) for e.g. Rectangle tool.
Go to the stage.
Draw a rectangle.
Right click on the rectangle
Now this is a shape
Choose "Convert To Symbol"
Give a Name e.g. "shape 20"
And choose the type to "Graphic"
And you are done creating the graphic in your movie.
The reason why you would not be able to create a graphic on a scene is because, the graphic needs to be on a frame and on frame, it should be made up of shapes.
Sigh...no, that's not it. Here's the problem: Shape Tweens only work on *vector* graphics. Not bitmapped graphics. So, if you want to create a shape tween that will dissolve one bitmapped graphic into another, you have to *convert* the bitmapped graphic to a vector graphic. Or, the Shape Tween menu item will always be grayed out. To do that, while the bitmapped graphic was selected, I Broke it Apart. Suddenly, I could apply Shape Tweens.