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In this course, author Todd Perkins helps designers build their power user skills with an array of timesaving tips, tricks, and techniques that work in multiple versions of Flash Professional. Beginning with Todd's top 20 shortcuts, the course includes tips for designing and animating artwork, managing multiple libraries, writing and navigating through code, optimizing bitmaps and audio, and much more.
A disorganized FLA file can decrease your productivity significantly, but manually organizing objects one at a time can be very time-consuming. Fortunately, Flash has the Distribute to Layers command to quickly and easily organize your FLA files into layers. So I named this layer chaos and it's just a bunch of different artwork, all on one layer. Now I often work with artists that use Illustrator and it seems like there is kind of a trend in Illustrator to just use one layer and push objects behind each other because you don't necessarily need to have multiple layers as much as you do in an application like Photoshop, for example.
So to organize it, all you have to do is select everything, and to do that I'll press Command or Ctrl+A, and then right- click your selection and simply choose Distribute to Layers. Flash creates layers for me and when in the case of symbols, Flash uses the symbol name to name the layer. So I have Kid and then a far_back. And in the case of a bitmap graphic, Flash uses the bitmap name to name the layer. Flash automatically layers out your files according to their positioning on one layer, spreads everything out and names it for you.
And then what I normally do is take that original layer and just delete it. So again, to use the Distribute to Layers command, simply take a selection, right-click, and choose Distribute to Layers.
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