Applying Gradient to Multiple Objects
Flash CS4 Tutorial
How to Apply One Gradient to Multiple Flash Objects
A Light effects multiple objects that are close to the light source. If you placed a light by three objects, the closest object would be the brightest and the one furthest away would be darker.
To create this same illusion in Flash we need to apply one gradient to multiple objects at the same time. The objects must be Merge Shapes. For more information on Merge Shapes, see topic, Merge Shape.
Add a Merge Shape object to the stage with the Rectangle tool.
Select the object (Selection tool) and Option-drag (PC - Alt-drag) object twice to create two more rectangles.
With none of the rectangles selected, choose a gradient from the Fill color palette.
Choose the Selection tool (v key) and marquee drag around the three rectangles to select them.
Click the Paint Bucket tool (k key) and select Lock Fill from the tool options.
Click one of the rectangles. All of the rectangles are filled with the new gradient.
Select one of the rectangles and choose the Gradient Transform tool (f key). You may need to zoom back to see the circle and other controls.
Move the center white dot to reposition the gradient. All rectangles are updated.