Create an Animated Symbol from a Sequence

Community Beginner ,
Sep 13, 2021 Sep 13, 2021

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If I have a sequence of frames animated in the main scene, and I want to make them into an animated graphic symbol, what's the easiest way?

 

The only way I know how at this point is to select a frame, make it a symbol, copy all the following frames, go into the symbol, then paste the frames. Sometimes when I do this the frames are not aligned properly; and I still have to go back to the scene, delete the original frames, and insert frames to the symbol so that it will animate through the whole sequence.

 

Is this really the only way to accomplish this? It seems like there should be an easier way.

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Enthusiast , Sep 14, 2021 Sep 14, 2021
In Animate 2021 there's a quicker method by selecting the layers, right click and choosing Convert Layers to Symbol. Keep in mind though that this only works with layers, not frames.

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Mentor ,
Sep 14, 2021 Sep 14, 2021

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Hi mate,

 

Just use Timeline Block To Symbol

This is the easiest and fastest way to do it 🙂

 

Nick - Character Designer and Animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of the Flanimate Powertools Team - extensions for character animation

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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Interesting, lots of good tools there, thanls for sharing.

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Sep 14, 2021 Sep 14, 2021

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In Animate 2021 there's a quicker method by selecting the layers, right click and choosing Convert Layers to Symbol. Keep in mind though that this only works with layers, not frames.

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Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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Perfect, this is what I was looking for. Thanks!

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 26, 2022 Feb 26, 2022

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Oh snap- I just posted almost the same exact question. Good to know I wasn't the only one having this issue. There seems like there should be a more elegant way. So if I have a sequence of PNGs on my main timeline, I cannot select a few of those frame to convert to a symbol? 

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Feb 26, 2022 Feb 26, 2022

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Also there doesn't seem to be an option to "covert layers to frames" even if I have layers with vector objects and not PNGs. 

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