Making Symbols in Adobe Flash

Symbols are images that you can insert into any Flash document, which you are then free to manipulate/copy/paste/etc. The symbol also doesn’t have a background, operating much like a “lineart” layer in Photoshop so that anything you place behind it will be visible.

First go to Insert>New Symbol.

Flash will ask you to title your symbol.


Click “OK”.

Then your “stage” window will have two tabs, one of the original document and one in which you draw your symbol.

Then you’ll want to create your symbol. This can be an original drawing or something you’ve copy/pasted. I’ve decided to create my own lovely stick person.

Then you’ll want to click on the little blue arrow at the top left corner.

This will take you back to your original document.

As you can see, on the right side we have our symbol in the “Library” tag. Putting it into your document is as easy as a click and drag.

If when you drag it the symbol is very large (too large for your screen), go over to the tool bar on the far right and find the “Free Transform” tool.

Once you shrink it down, you’ve got a symbol that you can click/drag/copy/paste as many times as you like!



~ by wandarox on November 13, 2011.

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