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In Flash Professional CS5 Essential Training, author Todd Perkins explains the fundamentals of Flash Professional CS5, the industry standard for creating animations and interactive applications for the web, desktop, and mobile devices. This course starts with the basics, such as using the drawing tools to create simple animations, and progresses to automating animation with tweens and adding interactivity with ActionScript. This course also covers how to add sound and video to projects, enhance realism with effects like easing, and publish a project to a variety of platforms. Exercise files are included.
The first thing you do to organizing layers is selecting layers to see what content is on the layers. So I have a bunch of unnamed layers here in my file. If I click on each layer once, Flash will automatically select the content on that layer. So when I click on the top layer that plant in the front will be selected, so I can click on other layers and see what our work in those layers. For layers, it's good to have a name that gives an obvious description of the content that the layer contains. So a better name than Layer 2 would be something like Plant.
So let's change the name of the layer by double-clicking the layer name. Now I don't want you to click the layer icon, just make sure you are double-clicking the name of the layer and then you can edit the name of the layer. So I'll type plant right here and now I have named the layer, plant. So I can tell what's in that layer by its name. So let's go to the different layers and name them, based on what content is in that layer. So I have Layer 3 here, I will double-click the name of the layer and change it to sand. Layer 4, that is water, so I am going to call that water1 because there are several different water layers in this file.
So we'll call it water1. Layer 5, that will be water 2. Layer 6, that will be water 3. Layer 7, this would be water 4. Layer 8 is the cactus so we will call that cactus. Layer 9 will be water 5. Layer 10 is water 6 and these text layers are already named so we'll skip those, and Layer 15 is the background so I will just call that bg. Now let's say I wanted to organize all the water layers so I can kind of group them together.
You can group layers into something called Folders in Flash. So above the water1 layer, so I will select the water1 layer, then I will click the Folder icon at the bottom left of the Timeline to create a New Folder. Now you can just drag these layers into that folder and I have an organized place for all of my water elements. So before I do that I am going to double-click the folder name and change the name to water. And then I am going to select the layers that contain water and click-and-drag them into the water folder. Notice that when I click-and-drag into the water folder, the line showing where I'm going to drop the water indents a little bit.
That's showing that it is going to go inside of a layer folder. So notice that the layers that are inside the folder are indented. I am putting all those water layers in there. Now my water layer is expanded and you can tell by the down arrow to the left of the Folder icon. And you can click that arrow and collapse the water layer so I have all the water inside of that water folder. So when you are working with layers you can double-click a layer's name to change the name of the layer, and you can organize layers into groups by putting them in folders, which could be created by clicking the Folder icon at the bottom left of the Timeline.
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