Flash Homework: A step in the right direction

1. This turned out to be a little easier than I first anticipated. The stage was set to the same blue color that was identical to the color of the sky used in the photograph. I used the eyedropper tool to select the color of the original image, then wrote down the color’s number code and typed it in for the stage color. I used the polystar tool to create a white octagon first, and then made a red octagon a little smaller so that they overlapped, both in separate layers. For the red color I used the same method as the background to imitate the same red used in the stop sign picture. Then I used the Text tool to write the words “stop” on top of the octagons in Tahoma font because it looked the most similar to the original. The oval tool and rectangle tool were used for the bolts and pole, respectively.

2. Once I got the hang of the pen tool, I found this exercise relatively easy. I just traced the outline with straight lines, connecting each endpoint at the places where the direction changes. After this rough outline was completed, I used the arrow selection tool to curve the lines which then made the image look like the original, since almost every line is somewhat curved. Then I used the paintbucket to fill it in with a bright green color. I can definitely see how this tool, and the concept of tracing would be beneficial for those not artistically inclined (like myself).

3. This was definitely the easiest task to complete. The align tool was easy to maneuver, and didn’t require any skill or practice beforehand. It was the only thing I completed on my first try.

4. Merge drawing is displayed by the circles on the top right, where when the two circles on the left are separated, they remain exactly how they would be if you had to cut them apart. They are not just two circles overlapping like object drawing is, which is demonstrated by the bottom right circles.

5. The main difference between bitmap and vector graphics is how they’re composed and viewed when zoomed in. Bitmap images, when zoomed in quite a bit, show how they’re composed of tiny pixel squares, and the image is blurry. Whereas vector graphics are designed based on a formula, such that they are scalable, and when zoomed in or zoomed out, they remain a clear image.

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