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Chapter 10. Creating Masks > Creating a Mask Layer

Creating a Mask Layer

Any layer can be converted into a mask layer. A mask layer only affects the linked layers beneath it and there is no limit to the number of layers that can be included. Once a mask layer is created, you can drag other layers beneath it to link them. It is important to keep in mind that too much masking can affect performance in the Flash Player, especially when objects in the masked layers or the mask itself are animated.

Create a Mask Layer

Create a new Layer in the Timeline or select an existing one.

The layer you select will be the one converted into a mask. If you want to mask the selected layer, create a new layer above this layer and select it.

Click the Modify menu, point to Timeline, and then click Layer Properties.

Click the Mask option from the Layer Type list.

Click OK.

A blue masking icon appears on the layer.

Click the layer name of the layer directly beneath the mask layer, and then drag the layer slightly up to link it to the mask.

TIMESAVER Press Control+click (Mac) or right-click (Win) the Layer Name area of the layer you want to convert into a mask, and then click Mask. When you use this method, Flash converts the layer into a mask and then automatically links it to the layer directly beneath it.


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