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Using Graphic Symbols

Graphic symbols can be used for static images and for animations that are in sync with the main Timeline. There are three instance options available to them: Loop, Play Once, and Single Frame. Set the instance to Loop if you want the symbol's Timeline to play continuously. Play Once plays the Timeline of a graphic symbol once and then stops. Single frame sets the instance to display as a single frame contained in the graphic symbol's Timeline. Unlike movie clip symbols, an animation contained in a graphic symbol can be seen in the main Timeline without having to export the Flash movie. However, any ActionScript and sounds that have been included in a graphic symbol's Timeline will not work.

Create a Graphic Symbol

Click the Insert menu, and then click New Symbol.

TIMESAVER Press +F8 (Mac) or Ctrl+F8 (Win) to create a new symbol.

Type in a name for the symbol.

Select the Graphic option.

Click OK.

Flash enters a symbol editing mode that contains an empty Timeline for that symbol.


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