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Chapter 8. Animating with Motion Tweening > Creating a Motion Guide Layer

Creating a Motion Guide Layer

If you want to implement motion that is smoother, or that follows a curve or some specific path, you can create a motion guide. A motion guide has its own layer just above the layer containing the object. Flash allows you to draw a line that you want your object to follow with any of the built-in drawing tools. Because this layer is a guide, it will be invisible in the exported Flash movie.

Create a Motion Guide

Select the layer containing the motion tween.

Click the Add Motion Guide button in the Status bar.

Flash creates a new layer above the selected layer and indents the affected layer.

TIMESAVER Press Control+click (Mac) or right-click (Win) the layer you want to add a motion guide to, and then click Add Motion Guide.

Click on the motion guide layer to select it.

Draw a line on the Stage with any of Flash's drawing tools to define the path your object will follow.


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