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Flash MX: Using Layer Folders

Version: Flash MX
Level: Easy
Objectives: Learn how to use layer folders in Flash MX to organize your layers.
Tools & Techniques: Layer Folders, Layers, Editing Layers, Guide Layers

Step 1: Using Layer Folders

Layer folders are one of the new features in Flash MX that was long overdue. Layer folders greatly help you keep your larger movies organized by allowing you to group layers into a single layer folder.

When creating templates, I will generally create 3 layer folders as part of the default document.

The first layer folder I create is a Stage/Guides folder that contains all of my design guides and borders for organizing my content on the stage. All layers in this folder will be guide layers so they won't be visible when the movie is published. I just use these elements for spacing and aligning the onscreen graphics and objects.

The next layer folder I create contains all of the header graphics that will be at the top of my movies. These include headings, graphics, and other items that I want to always be the top most items in my movie.

And the third layer folder contains all of my background items such as background images and graphics that I will always want to be at the bottom of my movies.

Layer Folders


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