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Hour 1. Basics > Getting Around in Flash

Getting Around in Flash

As mentioned earlier in this hour, 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. The following sections look at how you can determine where you are by reading the subtle clues in the interface.

The Current Layer

Although there's just one main Timeline, earlier in this hour you saw how you can have several layers within the Timeline. At this point you should open a new file and add a layer so that you can explore it; you do this by selecting Insert, Timeline, Layer. One important concept is that you can be in only 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 1.13. You can single-click another layer to make it the active layer (notice that 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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