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  • 1. PAL #2: Layers
  • 2. “You can think of layers as clear pieces of filmthat you can place graphics on and stacktogether; each layer sits above another,allowing you to reveal the items below, but alsoto control which items appear above or belowanother. Each layer and its contents can beisolated in view, toggled out of view, or lockedto prevent editing.” ~Wiley, J. (2011)
  • 3.  On your timeline, click the button in the bottom left corner to create a new layer. You can click on the ‘trashcan’ icon to delete the currently selected layer on the timeline.
  • 4.  You can also create groups of layers inside a folder; click the create layer folder item on the bottom left corner to do so.
  • 5.  Layers quickly become unmanageable unless you name them all; double click the name of the layer to change it.
  • 6.  You can sort the order of your layers by dragging and dropping it into place. You can lock layers by clicking the box next to the padlock or show/hide layers by doing the same on the eye icon. You can customise the colour of the layers by double clicking the colour swatch.
  • 7.  Select the item on the stage you wish to put on its own unique layer. Right click and choose the option ‘Distribute To Layers’ You can select multiple objects at any one time, placing each in its own unique layer.
  • 8.  Take your project from the first PAL task and ‘distribute to layers’. Name each of your layers with an appropriate name. Take a screenshot and upload it to Moodle. Remember to keep it under 1Mb in size and in JPEG format.