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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.
Often when working in Flash you may have to move an entire animation. Fortunately, this can be a simple process using the Edit Multiple Frames setting. So I am going to scrub the playhead to preview this animation and you'll see that there is a trash can on the bottom right. Now, that's actually its own element and its own animation on its own layer. But if you test the movie, you won't see that trash can until later on. Let's say I wanted to move it up and to the left so it would be right in the line of the skateboarder.
To do that, I am going to make sure I lock all the other layers. So I am going to Option+Click or Alt+Click the dot under thelock icon for the trash can layer. So, every other layers locked. Now I am going to click the Edit Multiple Frames button. That's the one with two blue squares at the bottom of the Timeline. Once you clicked that button, then you see a range of frames you have selected. So the range of frames is going to be whatever is in dark gray. So we want this to be the whole range of frames.
So, let's just click-and-drag right on those circle. Make sure we're at the beginning, right. It's just like so and now what I do is press Command+A or Ctrl+A to do a Select All and you can see that I have the beginning and end state of the trash can selected on the screen and I can just use my keyboard to align them up with the skateboarder, maybe something like that. Now let's test the movie and preview the animation. So the trash can is right where you would expect it.
And that's successfully move an entire animation in just a matter of seconds. After you use the Edit Multiple Frames feature, just make sure you uncheck that box at the bottom of the Timeline so you don't accidentally mess with things on frames that you don't expect to be messing with. So to recap, Edit Multiple Frames enables you to move entire animations. You can enable it by clicking the button at the bottom of the timeline.
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