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Part: II Animating in Flash > Using Layers in Your Animation

Hour 11. Using Layers in Your Animation

The most interesting thing about layers in Flash is the fact that most people think they're for visual layering. It's understandable because almost every graphics editing tool has “layers” for just this purpose: to layer graphics on top of or below other graphics. Despite the fact that layers in Flash have a similar effect, that's not their real value. Rather, each layer is a concurrent Timeline. This hour you'll learn how layers primarily help you animate and, to a lesser degree, let you control visual layering. Specifically, this hour you will

  • Control animation with layers

  • Change layer properties for sophisticated effects

  • Incorporate Guides, Motion Guides, and Mask layers


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