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Chapter 17. Drawing Timelines > Showing and Hiding Layers

Showing and Hiding Layers

You can show or hide a layer in a timeline by changing its visibility to visible, hidden, or default.

To show or hide a layer:

1.
If the layer is not already added to the timeline, add it.

2.
Click on the first keyframe on the layer's animation bar (Figure 17.37).

Figure 17.37. First, I add the new layer to the timeline, and put text in it.


3.
Using the Layers panel or the Property inspector, set the layer's visibility to the state you want it to be in when the timeline begins playing (Figure 17.38).

Figure 17.38. Then, I set its initial visiability to hidden on the first keyframe.


4.
On the layer's animation bar, add the keyframe here you want the visibility change to occur.

5.
With the proper keyframe selected, change the visibility of the layer (Figure 17.39).

Figure 17.39. Finally, I added a new keyframe and set the layer's visibility to visible on the fifth keyframe. When the timeline plays, the second layer will appear on keyframe 5 after the first layer starts moving.


6.
If you want the layer to change visibility again at the end of the timeline, click on the keyframe at the end of the layer's animation bar, and change the layer's visibility.


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