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Viewing and Selecting Objects Across Frames

If you have a lot of objects distributed across a number of frames, it could take a long time to adjust each one individually. Imagine that you’ve tweened a pair of symbol instances and distributed them across frames so that they appear to move from left to right across the bottom of the Canvas. If you now want them to move across the top of the Canvas, you don’t want to have to move each step. You can use the Multi-Frame Editing option in the Frames panel to work with an object from more than one continuous frame.

To view objects from more than one frame, you can use onion skins, shown in Figure 12.6. Onion skins were used in traditional animation drawings when drawings were sketched on translucent paper and then layered to show their motion over time. The onion skins were often used by tweeners. The character artist could sketch the first and last drawings, and the tweener could layer these with blank sheets for each frame in between. In Fireworks objects on adjacent frames are shown on the Canvas semitransparently, although their actual opacity settings remain unchanged. The object on the currently active frame will be fully opaque.


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