Flash MX: Using Layer Folders
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 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
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.