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Summary

There's more to the Library than you might expect. You learned the basics of managing the Library as well as some of the ramifications of using the Library. Getting shapes into the Library can be achieved by either selecting New Symbol… or by selecting Convert to Symbol…. Remember that converting to a symbol leaves behind an instance of the symbol you just created.

After you have some symbols in the Library, you can use them anywhere in your movie. These instances of symbols don't significantly add to the file size. Plus, each instance can be modified as to its position, rotation, and scale, and its tint, brightness, or alpha from the Properties panel. Therefore, you can “recycle” the same graphic. Finally, you learned that instances of symbols can be used in the creation of other symbols. As you begin to understand the hierarchy of symbols, you'll be unstoppable.


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