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Copy/paste layers in animate

Community Beginner ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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Hi,

 

I have a banner animation where I'd like to reuse some of the layers in a new animation.

The issue I have is the canvas I'm copying from and to are different sizes. When the layers are copied they are pasted in place but not in the postion I want, and when I move them it messes up the animation.

 

Is there anyway to copy layer(s) to new canvas and move the object without is affecting the key frames?

 

Thanks

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Community Expert ,
Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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HI,

 

So you can select all the frames and layers in your animation, and rightclick and select "Copy Frames".

Then you can create a new MovieClip Symbol, and click on the first frame and Right-Click and select "Paste Frames"

 

Then you can bring that movieclip on to your stage, or into another movie and you can then press "Q" to Transform and scale the animation (Hold down Shift while dragging the corners to contrain purportions. Then just make sure it has enough frames on the timeline to play thru, or if you have a stop action on Frame 1, the Movieclip will loop your animation over and over.

 

Hope this helps!
mark

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Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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or.... if you have already pasted your animation in... you can use Edit Multiple frames located at the top of the Timeline panel. Select "All Frames" or set your own markers to decide what you want to edit/scale, and then press Command + A or Edit>Select All to select EVERYTHING in your animation (make sure no layers are locked) and then you can press Q to use the Free Transform tool (Modify>Transform>Free Transform) to scale your animation (holding Shift as you scale to constrain purportions.

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Hope that helps.

 

best,

mark

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New Here ,
Jan 05, 2023 Jan 05, 2023

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Hi. I have a problem when copying layers. I copied a layer so I could reuse and do a little edit but then I notice that  the previous layer that I copied from got updated. Is there a way to disable this? Hoping for your reply, thanks.

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Jan 05, 2023 Jan 05, 2023

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the previous layer would not get updated, but if you update/change a symbol it will be changed everywhere.

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Jan 05, 2023 Jan 05, 2023

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Ooh I see so it's like that when it's symbol? Thanks for answering. Im still confused with symbols

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Community Expert ,
Jan 05, 2023 Jan 05, 2023

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if you have smart layers enabled, that may be treating the layer as a symbol.  do some tests.

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Jan 05, 2023 Jan 05, 2023

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How do I find the Smart layers?

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Community Expert ,
Jan 05, 2023 Jan 05, 2023

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oops, that's advanced layers in animate. click modify>document

 

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Community Expert ,
Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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Hi Xandice!

You can check out this short video on Creating Symbols
https://youtu.be/qWSnjFBiwFs

or you can view the Entire Adobe Animate: Getting Started Series here

Hope that helps!
Cheers!
Mark

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