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Hour 11. Using Layers in Animations > Using Layer Properties for Visual Effect

Using Layer Properties for Visual Effect

The four remaining layer types (Guide, Motion Guide, Mask, and Masked) are very powerful. Unlike the layer properties covered so far this hour, these four will have a lasting visual impact on your user. That is, they affect the final .swf. Using these layer properties is more involved than simply clicking an icon in the Timeline. However, when you see what they can do, you'll understand why it's worth the additional effort.

Guide Layers

Guide layers become invisible when you export a movie. (I said we would be covering layer properties that have lasting effects, and the first one we look at is something that becomes invisible.) Guides are very useful and if you use them correctly, they can have a huge impact on what your audience sees, even though they won't be exported with the movie.


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