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Chapter 1. Building Complexity > Using multiple guided layers

Using multiple guided layers

A single guide layer can affect more than one guided layer, letting multiple motion tweens follow the same path. This approach is good for creating complex animations that require many objects traveling in the same direction, such as marching soldiers, blood cells coursing through an artery, rapid gunfire, or a stampeding herd of cattle. Although the individual instances may vary, you maintain control of their general direction with a single guide layer.

Several leaves blowing across the Stage could be animated to follow one guide layer, for example. The guide layer establishes the wind’s general direction; the leaves could have slight individual variations by being offset in separate guided layers. Just by changing the path in the guide layer, you make all the leaves change accordingly. Using a single path to guide multiple layers this way is an example of how you build complex animations (in this case, swirling leaves) from very simple parts (one guide layer and one leaf symbol).


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