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Hour 1. Basics > Getting Around

Getting Around

As mentioned, an important concept in Flash is to understand where you are at all times. If you think you're in the Library editing the contents of a symbol, for example, you better hope you are really there. It can be confusing because, although it's always possible to figure out where you are in Flash, the clues are often subtle. You'll now look at how you can determine where you are by reading the subtle clues in the interface.

Current Layer

Although there's just one main Timeline, earlier you saw how you can have several layers within the Timeline. Open a new file and add a layer so that you can explore it (Insert, Layer). Oneimportant concept is that you can only be “in” one layer at a time. That is, if you draw or paste graphics, they are added to the currently active layer. The current layer is the layer with the pencil icon, as shown in Figure 1.14. Just single-click another layer to make it the active layer (notice the pencil moves to the layer you click). The key here is to always pay attention to what layer you're currently editing. For example, if the current layer is locked, you won't be able to affect it at all.


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