The Dropper Tool Flash

The Dropper Tool, which is found at the bottom of the Toolbox tools, is used to acquire (or copy) the color and style information from existing pencil lines, brush strokes, and fills. The Dropper Tool has no options, but then it doesn’t need options. That’s because the Flash Dropper Tool performs a function entirely unlike any dropper tool in any other program that we know of.

The Dropper Tool is an amazingly useful “one-trick pony.” It has no options.

The Dropper Tool is an amazingly useful “one-trick pony.” It has no options.

When the Dropper Tool isn’t hovering over a line, fill, or brush stroke, its cursor is similar to the Dropper icon in the Drawing Toolbox. However, the Dropper Tool’s cursor changes as follows to indicate when it is over a line or a fill:

  • When the cursor is over a line, a tiny pencil appears to the lower right of the standard Dropper Tool cursor.
  • When the cursor is over a fill, a tiny brush appears to the lower right of the standard Dropper Tool cursor.

When the Dropper Tool is over a line, fill, or brush stroke, and the Shift key is pressed, the cursor changes to an inverted U shape. In this mode (that is, when you Shift+Click), use of the Dropper Tool changes the attributes for all editing tools in Flash (for instance, the Pencil, Brush, Ink Bottle, and Text Tools) to match the attributes of the area clicked. That’s right! . . . Shift-clicking with the Dropper Tool acquires the attributes of the clicked item and simultaneously changes the color and style settings for the Ink Bottle Tool, as well as the Pencil Tool and the Text Tool.

  • When the clicked item is a line, the Dropper Tool is automatically swapped for the Ink Bottle Tool, which facilitates the application of the acquired attributes to another line. Similarly, when the clicked item is a fill, the Dropper Tool is automatically swapped for the Paint Bucket Tool. This facilitates the application of acquired fill attributes to another fill.
  • When the Dropper Tool is used to acquire a fill that is a bitmap, the Dropper Tool is automatically swapped for the Paint Bucket Tool and a thumbnail of the bitmap image appears in place of the Fill Color option in the Color Tray of the Toolbox.

This composite image shown below shows all Dropper Tool cursors as they appear when the Dropper is brought to hover over various types of lines and fills.This shows the Dropper Tool:

  • Alone (A)
  • Over a gradient fill created with the Rectangle Tool (B)
  • Over a white line created with the Rectangle Tool (C)
  • Over a line painted with the brush (D)
  • Over a line drawn with the Pencil Tool (F)
  • After pressing Shift and clicking to acquire the attributes of the clicked item and simultaneously change the color and style settings for the Ink Bottle Tool, as well as the Pencil Tool and the Text Tool (E)

The Dropper Tool cursors

The attributes of a group can be acquired using the Dropper Tool if the contents are being edited.



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