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Flash 101 (part 2): Lights, Camera, Flash!
Export and embed your Flash movies to the Web.

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Layers in Flash can best be described as a method of organizing elements of a...nah, scrap that. In order to understand the concept of a Flash layer, you need simply look at your average Big Mac. A Big Mac is composed of layers - there's the meat layer, followed by a strip of lettuce, followed by a layer of tomatoes and onions, followed by a slice of cheese, followed by a...oh, you get the idea.

Each layer can be removed and manipulated independent of the other layers. This is true of both Flash layers and a Big Mac.

A new Flash movie contains a single layer; you can add as many as you like. You can also copy, rename and delete layers. In order to modify a layer, you need to first activate it by clicking once on it (a pencil icon will appear on the layer). Once the layer is active, you can draw, paint and manipulate objects on it.

Layers are transparent by default, and you can use the three control buttons on each layer to alter layer visibility, "lock" the layer to prevent changes from being made to it, and display the elements on a layer as outlined (rather than filled) objects.

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The icons at the bottom left of the Timeline are used to insert new layers, and delete existing layers.

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