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The Timeline

The timeline in Flash is made up of layers and frames. The layers enable you to separate your artwork in space. Frames enable you to separate your artwork in time. In this section, you’ll explore how you use both layers and frames when you create a Flash movie.

Layers

Think of layers in Flash as sheets of acetate stacked on top of each other. Layers have a stacking order. If you have a shape on your top layer, it will obscure anything on a lower layer, as illustrated in Figure 1.21. How many layers can you have in Flash? The actual limit is 16,000 layers, but if you need that many layers, it’s probably time to rethink the organization of your movie. Layers do not increase the file size of your published movie, so use as many layers as you need to create an organized file.


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