Flash CS4 Tutorial
How to Create a Drawing Object in Flash
You can create two basic objects types in Flash, Drawing Objects and Merge Shapes. Drawing Objects are very similar to the objects you create in Illustrator. To specify Drawing Objects you need to set the Object Drawing icon whenever you create a new vector shape. For more information on Merge Shapes see topic, Merge Shape.
Click the Rectangle tool (r key).
Click the Object Drawing icon (j key). It has two states, medium-gray and off-white. It should be in the medium-gray state. The off-white state creates a Merge Shape.
Add a rectangular object to the workspace. The new object is a Drawing Object.
Object Drawing Icon
The Object Drawing icon appears whenever you select the Pen tool, Rectangle tool, Oval tool, PolyStar tool, Line tool, Pencil tool and Brush tool. As you move from tool to tool, it retains the setting from the last time you used it.
Converting Drawing Objects to Merge Shapes
To convert a Drawing Object to a Merge Shape, choose Modify > Break Apart (Cmd/b (PC-Ctrl/b)).
Converting Merge Shapes to Drawing Objects
To convert a Merge Shape to a Drawing Object, select the object, then choose Modify > Combine Objects > Union.