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Preparing layer comps

You worked with layer comps in Photoshop earlier in this book. ImageReady offers the same capabilities, which can make animating much easier to do.

1.
In the Layers palette, make sure that eye icons () appear in the visibility boxes for the Background and Dolphin 1 layers and that the visibility boxes for the other three layers are empty.

2.
In the Layer Comps palette, click the Create New Layer Comp button ().

3.
In the New Layer Comp dialog box, type Dolphin 1, and then make sure that Visibility is selected (checked) before you click OK.

Now a new layer comp, Dolphin 1, appears in the Layer Comps palette.

4.
In the Layers palette, click to hide the eye icon for the Dolphin 1 layer, and then click to set an eye icon for the Dolphin 2 layer.

5.
Create a new layer comp, Dolphin 2, using the same techniques that you used in Steps 2 and 3, above.

6.
Click the box on the left of the Dolphin 1 layer comp to apply those visibility conditions to the image. A badge () appears in the box, indicating that this is the current layer comp.

You now have two layer comps that you can use as starting points for the frames you’ll create in the animation.


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