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Creating Keyframes

When art is placed on the Stage it appears in a keyframe in the Timeline. A keyframe is represented as a black-bounded box with a small circle in it. By default, each layer in the Timeline has a keyframe on its first frame. An empty keyframe displays an empty or hollow circle but when you place artwork or objects on the Stage the bounding box becomes shaded and the small circle becomes a filled black dot. A keyframe can span multiple frames when there are no changes to the art. To make a change you create another keyframe. In this way you can create animations or content that seems to move or change over time.

Create a Keyframe

Place art or an object on the Stage.

Click on a frame later in the Timeline.

Click the Insert menu, point to Timeline, and then click Keyframe.

A new keyframe appears.

TIMESAVER Press F6 to add a keyframe or Control+click (Mac) or right-click (Win) the selected frame, and then click Add Keyframe.


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