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Using Guide Layers

Guide layers can make laying out your Flash movie a breeze: Say you've used Flash (or your favorite graphics program) to create a killer layout—with menu bars and graphics placed just so—and you want to use it as the basis for your Flash movie. If you place your layout on a guide layer in Flash, you can use it as a backdrop for your movie's layout (Figure 9.16). Although you could accomplish the same thing by placing the graphic as a background on a normal layer, its contents would be included in the exported movie. Guide layers, in contrast, are not exported, which means their contents will not appear in the final product. You can use multiple guide layers in a scene and as many guide layers in your movie as you see fit.

Figure 9.16. A guide layer comprising a basic layout you want to emulate provides the basis for how your Flash project will look.



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