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Chapter 5. Graphics on Multiple Layers > Working with Graphics on Different Lay...

Working with Graphics on Different Layers

Unless you lock shapes, or lock or hide layers, the graphics on all layers are available for editing.

To edit shape outlines on inactive layers:

1.
Create a document that has four layers.

2.
Place a different shape on each layer.

For this example, place a square on Layer 1, a circle on Layer 2, a rectangle on Layer 3, and a star on Layer 4.

3.
In the Toolbox, select the arrow tool.

4.
On the Stage, click the rectangle.

Flash selects the rectangle and makes its layer active.

5.
Click a blank area of the Stage.

Flash deselects the rectangle but keeps its layer active.

6.
On the Stage, position the pointer over the outline of the square.

The curve or corner-point icon appears.

7.
Drag the square's outline to reshape it.

8.
Release the mouse button.

Flash redraws the shape (Figure 5.14). Rectangle is still the active layer. Flash switches active layers only if you select a shape.

Figure 5.14. Selecting the rectangle makes the rectangle layer the active layer. You can still edit objects on inactive layers by reshaping their outlines with the arrow tool.



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