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How can I change the center point of an image in Animate CC?

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Apr 12, 2019

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Hello, I was wondering if it is possible to change the center point of a image or symbol in Animate CC. Thanks!

Hey mate,

It just happens so that I recently published this article: Understanding symbol registration in Flash and Animate | electric dog :: flanimate power tools

If I understand your question correctly, the text, examples and video will give you all the answers you need.

Hope this helps

NT

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How can I change the center point of an image in Animate CC?

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Hello, I was wondering if it is possible to change the center point of a image or symbol in Animate CC. Thanks!

Hey mate,

It just happens so that I recently published this article: Understanding symbol registration in Flash and Animate | electric dog :: flanimate power tools

If I understand your question correctly, the text, examples and video will give you all the answers you need.

Hope this helps

NT

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Hey mate,

It just happens so that I recently published this article: Understanding symbol registration in Flash and Animate | electric dog :: flanimate power tools

If I understand your question correctly, the text, examples and video will give you all the answers you need.

Hope this helps

NT

- Nick: Character designer and animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of Flanimate Power Tools team - extensions for character animation

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Thank you so much! This was very helpful.

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You, again, to save my bacon! The relationship between the Registration and Transformation points is SO confusing and not explained...until now! Cheers and have a "thanks mate" ale!

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Yeah, mate, when things are clear, you are in control and can start actually having fun

Cheers!

- Nick: Character designer and animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of Flanimate Power Tools team - extensions for character animation

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This morning, I moved the art within a symbol so that the registration point was where I wanted it to be. Then, in the timeline where I had placed that symbol, I double-clicked the transformation point (while in the Free Transform tool) and it moved right to the registration point.

Best of all, all transformation animations now work as expected. Made a much better start to my day.

YAY! Thanks again!

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Select the object or image on the stage, go into properties - advanced settings and you will see the anchor settings where you can select the center.

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Would you, please, provide a screen shot of "properties - advanced settings and you will see the anchor settings where you can select the center"?

- Nick: Character designer and animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of Flanimate Power Tools team - extensions for character animation

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Hi Eastpost

I also would like to see that "properties - advanced settings" screen shot.

you made me wonder

-Klaus

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Hi guys, II was wrong but you can adjust the stage anchor at least with this method. Other method is more correct. You set your anchor when converting to symbol, those little squares are clickable.anchor.jpg

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Hi eastpost,

Just to clarify, mostly for others that might come across this topic some time in the future.

Consistency of terminology is important, because it makes communication easier and understandable.

In the context of Flash / Animate we should only use these two terms: Registration Point (1) and Transformation Point (2).

The first (1) refers to the 0.0 point of the internal coordinate system of a Symbol.

The second (2) is an attribute of the Symbol Instance and centre of all instance transformations.

Words such as 'anchor', 'stage anchor', 'pivot' and 'center point' are not part of the Flash / Animate terminology and make communication ineffective.

Best

NT

- Nick: Character designer and animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of Flanimate Power Tools team - extensions for character animation

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To actually answer this guy's question, just press Q to select the Free Transform tool (or click it on the toolbar). The transformation point will then appear on any selected stage instance as a small solid circle that you can drag around.

To change a symbol's registration point (its "native" center), you have to physically move the content around in the library symbol. This will affect every instance of the symbol. This tends to not be very useful though, since no matter where a symbol's registration point is, when you drag it onto the stage its transformation point will always default to the physical center of the symbol.

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