Flash CS4 lets you show grids on top of your artwork

A frequently requested item for Flash is the ability to see a grid over your artwork on the Stage. Flash CS4 now lets you do just that using a new option in the Edit Grid dialog. Let’s look at the change, which you might not have noticed yet because it’s turned off by default. Keep reading to learn how.

So in previous versions of Flash, you could show a grid on the Stage but you were limited to the following:

Raccoon has a grid behind it

Raccoon has a grid behind it

Go to View > Grid > Edit Grid and select the “Show over objects” option in the dialog:

Select the Show over objects option

Select the Show over objects option

As soon as you do that, the grid is placed over the objects on the Stage.

Now the grid is on top of the 'coon.

Now the grid is on top of the 'coon.

And that’s all there is to it. Enjoy!

Author Jen deHaan

Jen deHaan is a freelance graphic and web designer, fascinated with great layout and usability. She has been working in the software industry since 2001, and has held positions with Macromedia, Adobe, and Motorola. Jen has written and contributed to over 20 print publications on web design that have been published by Peachpit, Adobe Press, and Wiley. She is also a professional pet blogger at DOGthusiast, and owns a small business called Stylish Canine.

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