Set drawing settings to specify snapping, smoothing, and straightening behaviors. Change the tolerance setting for each option, and turn each option off or on. Tolerance settings are relative, depending on the resolution of your computer screen and the current magnification of the scene. By default, each option is on and set to Normal tolerance.

Drawing settings

  1. Select Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Animate > Preferences (Macintosh) and select Drawing.

  2. Under the Drawing category, select from the following options:

    Pen tool

    Lets you set options for the Pen tool. Select Show Pen Preview to display a preview line from the last clicked point to the current location of the pointer. Select Show Solid Points to display control points as small filled squares instead of unfilled squares. Select Show Precise Cursors to display a crosshair cursor instead of the Pen tool icon when using the Pen tool. This option lets you see the exact target of clicks more easily.

    Connect Lines

    Determines how close the end of a line being drawn must be to an existing line segment before the end point snaps to the nearest point on the other line. This setting also controls horizontal and vertical line recognition—that is, how nearly horizontal or vertical a line must be drawn before Animate makes it exactly horizontal or vertical. When Snap To Objects is turned on, this setting controls how close objects must be to snap to one another.

    Smooth Curves

    Specifies the amount of smoothing applied to curved lines drawn with the Pencil tool when the drawing mode is set to Straighten or Smooth. (Smoother curves are easier to reshape, whereas rougher curves match the original line strokes more closely.)

    note: To further smooth existing curved segments, use Modify > Shape > Smooth and Modify > Shape > Optimize.

    Recognize Lines

    Defines how nearly straight a line segment drawn with the Pencil tool must be before Animate recognizes it as a straight line and makes it perfectly straight. If Recognize Lines is off while you draw, straighten lines later by selecting one or more line segments and selecting Modify > Shape > Straighten.

    Recognize Shapes

    Controls how precisely to draw circles, ovals, squares, rectangles, and 90° and 180° arcs for them to be recognized as geometric shapes and redrawn accurately. The options are Off, Strict, Normal, and Tolerant. Strict requires that the shape be drawn very close to straight; Tolerant specifies that the shape can be somewhat rough, and Animate redraws the shape. If Recognize Shapes is off while you draw, straighten lines later by selecting one or more shapes (for example, connected line segments) and selecting Modify > Shape > Straighten.

    Click Accuracy

    Specifies how close to an item the pointer must be before Animate recognizes the item.

Selection, Subselection, and Lasso tool contact options

Specify the Selection, Subselection, and Lasso tool contact-sensitivity options when you create shapes using Object Drawing mode. By default, objects are only selected when the tool’s marquee rectangle completely surrounds the object. Deselecting this option selects entire objects when they are only partially enclosed by the selection marquee of the Selection, Subselection, or Lasso tools.

  1. Select Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Animate > Preferences (Macintosh).

  2. In the General category, do one of the following:
    • To select only objects and points that are completely enclosed by the selection marquee, deselect Contact-Sensitive Selection and Lasso tools. Points that lie within the selection area are still selected.

    • To select objects or groups that are only partially enclosed by the selection marquee, select Contact-Sensitive Selection and Lasso tools.

      note: The Subselection tools use the same contact-sensitive setting.

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