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Layers disappearing after parenting them..how do I fix this?

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Apr 11, 2024 Apr 11, 2024

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I am new to Animate and I am trying to use the parenting feature.

I parented a couple of layers just fine but after a couple, I tried to do the rest of my layers and everytime I parent them they just disappear.

I did see another post about this. The row of the layer does turn dark like it's deleted after I parent it just like the other user experienced. I've tried turning the software off and on as well as my computer and checking for updates. I tried turning off auto keyframes. I noticed when I moved the frame to a different spot on the timeline, the parenting worked fine. I tried to experiment in any way trying to compare the completed parented layers with the layers that were disappearing and can't find anything.

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Community Expert , Apr 12, 2024 Apr 12, 2024

Hi, parenting only works with symbols. Make sure each part of your character is a symbol properly placed in its own individual layer.

If you already did this and the problem persists then the layer is corrupted, copy-paste your character from the stage onto a new document (do not copy paste the frames or the layers). The character will be pasted on a single layer, so distribute it to layers by right-clicking and choosing 'distribute to layers'. Turn off Scale, Skew and Flip propagation as it can

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Hi, parenting only works with symbols. Make sure each part of your character is a symbol properly placed in its own individual layer.

If you already did this and the problem persists then the layer is corrupted, copy-paste your character from the stage onto a new document (do not copy paste the frames or the layers). The character will be pasted on a single layer, so distribute it to layers by right-clicking and choosing 'distribute to layers'. Turn off Scale, Skew and Flip propagation as it can cause layer corruption if more than one symbol is selected at a time. Once done try parenting each part again, any problems?

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