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How Layers Work

If you're familiar with Photoshop, Fireworks, or almost any other graphics editing tool, you are already familiar with using layers as a visual tool to control stacking order. In Flash, layers provide the same visual effect. But you have already learned that graphics can be stacked if they're Drawing Objects, grouped, or turned into symbols—so why do we need layers?

The True Purpose of Layers

In Flash, multiple layers are really multiple Timelines—and that's their value. The images contained in layers are stacked above or below other layers, but their primary purpose is to provide you with separate Timelines in which you can control animations independently.


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