A new formulation for extending the concept of heatlines and masslines to reacting flows through use of conserved scalars has been proposed. The formulation takes into account the distinct diffusion coefficients of different species. Results have been obtained for a number of two-dimensional nonreacting and reacting free shear flows under normal and zero gravity. For nonreacting flows, total enthalpy and elemental mass fractions have been used as the transported conserved scalars. For reacting flows, mixture fractions, defined as normalized elemental mass fractions and enthalpy, have been employed. The results show this concept to be a useful tool for obtaining better insights into the global qualitative picture of scalar transport for both nonreacting and reacting flows.