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Flash 101 (part 2): Lights, Camera, Flash!
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| Putting Together The Timeline |

Now, this may come as a surprise to those of you new to the world of animation, but animation doesn't just spring into existence. An animation sequence is created by stringing together multiple static images, and displaying them in rapid succession. If they are displayed quickly enough, the illusion of movement is enough to fool the human eye.

Flash animation works in much the same way. A Flash movie is composed of multiple frames (organized across different "layers"), which you can view, edit, delete and otherwise manipulate to your heart's content. This manipulation takes place via the Timeline, which is by far one of the most-used components of the Flash work area.

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When you first start Flash up, the Timeline typically appears above the main work area (you can alter its position if you like, though why you would want to is a mystery to me.) If you take a close look at it, you'll see that it's actually composed of two different things - layers and frames. The layers run vertically along the left side of the Timeline, while the frames within each layer run horizontally across the timeline, from left to right.

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