7 Replies Latest reply on Apr 10, 2011 11:10 AM by Sixtay60

    Moving center point for triangles.

    Mellifluous-Irony Level 1

      I'm trying to get a triangle to spin in place,

      but the symbol's center point is not centered!

       

      Can I move it? Any other solutions?

        • 1. Re: Moving center point for triangles.
          Ned Murphy Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Open the symbol for editing, select the triangle, and use the align tool panel to center it relative to its stage.

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          • 2. Re: Moving center point for triangles.
            Mellifluous-Irony Level 1

            Thank you.

             

            While that does center the triangle to the stage,

            the rotation is still off, because the triangles native center point is not centered.

             

            http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/2521/tricenter.png

            • 3. Re: Moving center point for triangles.
              Mellifluous-Irony Level 1

              Guess I should have added:

              that I would like to know how to move the triangles center point

              if possible.

               

              :-]

              • 4. Re: Moving center point for triangles.
                Ned Murphy Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                That's what I thought you asked.  If that image is supposed to show me you did what I said, it doesn't.  Open the triangle symbol so that the raw triangle graphic is what you are working with.  You select the raw shape and then use the two center items in the 'Align:' set... one to center horizontally, and the other to center vertically.

                • 5. Re: Moving center point for triangles.
                  nocturnal YL Level 1

                  The triangle at the center IS aligning vertically. When you align shaped in Flash, it calculates the positions relative to the bounding rectangle.

                   

                  If you want to center it around what's mathematically one of the centers of the triangle, you need to adjust that manually. There is no tools for that.

                   

                  If you want to create equilateral triangles, you can consider drawing a circle (shift + click & drag) and then a triangle from the same center, turn that into a symbol, then remove the bounding circle.

                  • 6. Re: Moving center point for triangles.
                    Mellifluous-Irony Level 1

                    Ned,

                    that is what I tried (if by 'open' you mean double click on it).

                    It doesn't seem to work my friend.

                    However, that did help me to figure out how

                    to make objects orbit something else.

                     

                    YL,

                    thank you- that works.

                     

                    :-]

                    • 7. Re: Moving center point for triangles.
                      Sixtay60

                      Find the Centre of the Triangle.

                       

                      1. If it's equilateral or isoceles, when drawing the triangle with the polygon tool, hold [Shift] to confine one of its edges to 90 or 180 degrees.

                      2. With the ruler [Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R] draw a guiding line perpendicular to the base (or side) of the triangle.

                      3. Convert the shape into a symbol [Right-click the object ...Convert to symbol]

                      4. Double-click the symbol to access the shape.

                      5. Select any of the OTHER edges. Copy it.

                      6. Go back to the main timeline, create a new layer, and Paste-in-place [Ctrl + Shift + V]

                      7. Select the line, select the Modify menu >>Transform>> Rotate 90 degrees [CW or CCW]

                      8. Drag another guideline from the ruler to the intersection
                      9. Using the free transform tool, select the triangle symbol, move the anchor point to the intersection [It should snap to place].

                       

                       

                      10. Tween you triangle. It should rotate perfectly now!

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