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You can create mask layers to show and hide parts of your artwork on the Stage. A mask works like a window blocking out everything but a certain area that you define. Any shape, symbol or text object can be used as a mask. The shape you place in a mask layer defines the area that will be visible in the linked layers below it. You can animate a mask to reveal the content on a layer in stages or animate the art in the layer beneath the mask. It is useful for spotlighting and controlling the shape of the viewable area. Masks are great tools for keeping the boundaries of the art on your Stage neat and controlled. They are also useful for cropping, and experimenting with different borders and layouts because you don't have to edit your art, you simply edit the mask. When creating a mask layer it is important not to mix elements. For example, don't use an editable shape and a group on the same mask layer, group everything together or break the groups into editable shapes. However, for the most consistent results, use ungrouped, editable shapes in the mask layer.


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