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How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS4 by Chris Georgenes

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Realism with Gradients

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FLASH IS MUCH more than a tool for designing cartoon characters. Its full array of vector drawing tools is suitable for many styles of illustration. Here we will go step by step creating a realistic flower illustration. Flowers are always appealing to draw and at the same time challenging due to the subtle variations of color they often contain.

The main tools to be used for this example are the Pen tool and Gradients. The Pen tool has been greatly improved in Flash CS4 and if you are familiar with Illustrator’s Pen tool, you will notice some similarities. Flash has adopted the core functionality of Illustrator’s Pen tool ...

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