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Chapter 3. Creating Graphics > Cutting and Pasting Graphics Between Layers

Cutting and Pasting Graphics Between Layers

Unless you lock or hide layers, or lock objects, the graphics on all layers are available for editing. You can select objects on one or more layers, cut or copy them, and then paste them all into a single layer. Flash can have only one layer active at a time. When you create and paste graphics, Flash places them on the active layer of a document. You can paste objects in two different ways: Paste In Center and Paste In Place. Paste In Center puts objects in the center of the open Flash window, which might not be the Stage. If you want to paste to the center of the Stage, you need to center the Stage in the open window. Paste In Place puts objects at the same location it had been when you cut or copied it.

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Paste Objects Between Layers

1.
Create or open a document with several layers.

2.
Select one or more objects on the Stage.

Flash selects the object’s layer in the Timeline.

3.
Click the Edit menu, and then click Cut or Copy.

4.
Select a destination layer in the Timeline.

5.
Click the Edit menu, and then click Paste In Center.

Flash pastes the objects on the Stage in the middle of the active layer.

Did You Know?

You can use the area around the Stage to store graphics and other objects. Flash allows you to use the area around the Stage, called the Pasteboard (), to store items for use later without having them appear on the Stage when you play the movie (SWF) file.


Use the Paste In Place Command Between Layers

1.
Create or open a document with several layers.

2.
Select one or more objects on the Stage.

Flash selects the object’s layer in the Timeline.

3.
Click the Edit menu, and then click Cut or Copy.

4.
Select a destination layer in the Timeline.

5.
Click the Edit menu, and then click Paste In Place.

Flash pastes the objects into their original locations on the Stage in the middle of the active layer.

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