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Chapter 5. Graphics on Multiple Layers > Cutting and Pasting Between Layers

Cutting and Pasting Between Layers

Flash allows you to create and place graphics only on the active layer of a movie. But you can copy, cut, or delete elements from any visible, unlocked layer. You can select items on several layers, cut them, and then paste them all into a single layer. Or you can cut items individually from one layer and redistribute them to separate layers. (The redistribution process is, obviously, more time-consuming, because you have to keep selecting new layers as you place the elements.)

Flash offers two pasting modes: Paste and Paste in Place. Paste puts elements in the center of the Flash window. Paste in Place puts an element at the same x and y coordinates it had when you cut or copied it. Paste in Place is useful for preserving the precise relationship of all elements in a scene as you move items from one layer to another.


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