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Selecting Layers to Animate or Position

When you are animating characters, it is important to understand how the Animate mode allows you to create keyframes on the current frame or to reposition the entire layer.

Animate Mode

The Animate button, in the Tools toolbar, turns keyframing on or off. When you enable the Animate mode, as soon as your move an element in the Camera view, a keyframe is positioned on the current frame in the Timeline view to indicate the new position.

When you turn off the Animate mode, and you select and move an element, the entire animation in the layer will be offset at once.

This means that when you are animating a character, you must enable the Animate mode. If you are scaling down your puppet to fit the scene composition and want to resize the entire animation, you must disable the Animate mode.

Selecting Drawing Layers using the Transform Tool

To manipulate your drawing layers in order to animate them, you must use the Transform  tool. The Select tool is used to modify the drawing strokes and not the actual drawing layer.

When selecting your drawing layers with the Transform tool, make sure that the Peg Selection Mode option is turned off in the Transform Tool Properties view. If this option is enabled, it will limit the selection in the Camera view to pegs only.

Selecting an Element in the Camera View Using the Transform Tool

When you select an element in the Camera view using the Transform tool, make sure that the Peg Selection mode is disabled in the Transform Tool Properties view, the element selected is the actual drawing layer corresponding to the selected element. If you have a layer parented toa peg, you must either use the keyboard shortcuts to go up the hierarchy chain, select it in the Timeline view, or enable the Peg Selection mode option in the Transform Tool Properties view, this will limit the selection in the Camera view to pegs only.

If the layer has child layers, they will also be highlighted. Depending if you are using pegs or only drawing layers in your rig, the selection can be magenta, yellow or both.

Selecting a Layer in the Timeline View

When you select a layer in the Timeline view, the corresponding element is highlighted in the Camera view. If the selected layer has child layers, they are also highlighted.