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The Distribute To Layers command

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Video: The Distribute To Layers command

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.

The Distribute To Layers command

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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Flash Professional Power Shortcuts

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      35s
    2. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 50m 54s
    1. The Break Apart command
      3m 35s
    2. The Distribute To Layers command
      1m 32s
    3. Zooming shortcuts
      2m 13s
    4. Copying and pasting shortcuts
      1m 34s
    5. The Swap and Duplicate Symbol commands
      1m 50s
    6. Shortcuts with graphic symbols
      2m 29s
    7. Editing multiple frames
      2m 9s
    8. Finding and replacing all types of content
      3m 31s
    9. Creating custom code snippets
      2m 26s
    10. Using frame keyboard shortcuts
      2m 5s
    11. The Align panel
      2m 16s
    12. Fast masking
      1m 38s
    13. Shortcuts for rulers and guides
      2m 31s
    14. The essential toolbar shortcuts
      2m 0s
    15. Exporting a movie clip or graphic symbol animation
      5m 39s
    16. Importing sequences of images
      2m 42s
    17. Snap To Guides and Snap To Objects
      3m 29s
    18. Enabling buttons and ActionScript without testing the movie
      2m 18s
    19. Muting sounds
      1m 21s
    20. Using the History panel to create custom shortcuts
      3m 36s
  3. 11m 46s
    1. Panel shortcuts
      1m 48s
    2. Drawing shortcuts
      2m 44s
    3. Testing movies
      1m 30s
    4. Using the Movie Explorer
      3m 29s
    5. Saving and loading colors
      2m 15s
  4. 8m 9s
    1. Using easing presets in the Motion Editor
      3m 21s
    2. Working with frame previews
      1m 45s
    3. Setting onion skinning and onion skinning outlines
      3m 3s
  5. 6m 2s
    1. Working with multiple libraries
      2m 50s
    2. Importing objects to the Library
      1m 5s
    3. Updating graphics in the Library
      2m 7s
  6. 6m 44s
    1. Spell-checking
      2m 19s
    2. Embedding fonts
      2m 21s
    3. Adding variables in a text field
      2m 4s
  7. 12m 35s
    1. Creating new class/interface files
      1m 28s
    2. Using code snippets and behaviors
      3m 38s
    3. Navigating the code throughout your document
      2m 43s
    4. Using the Auto Format tool
      2m 15s
    5. Fixing coding errors
      2m 31s
  8. 22m 29s
    1. Keeping SWF file sizes small
      4m 15s
    2. Making a preloader for better Flash Player performance
      7m 11s
    3. Best practices in ActionScript 3
      6m 1s
    4. Optimizing bitmaps
      3m 6s
    5. Optimizing audio
      1m 56s
  9. 13m 31s
    1. Using Auto-Recovery and Auto-Save
      4m 19s
    2. Working with Authortime shared assets
      2m 58s
    3. Using the new Library Conflict Resolution dialog
      1m 57s
    4. Showing and hiding instances with the new visible property
      2m 38s
    5. Copying and pasting layers
      1m 39s
  10. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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