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Animating a Layer

Before animating the position of drawing layers, you need to create motion paths which are trajectories on which you can attach drawing objects. Using keyframes, you can then record key positions along the trajectory.

Harmony’s wide range of features let you produce simple and advanced motions and trajectories. By creating a simple motion, you will learn the basics of animating a layer.

The Animate mode lets you keyframe drawing layers to create computer-generated animation. When working in the Animate mode, you can animate a layer's position and then turn off the mode to reposition a layer for the entire scene. When the Animate mode is disabled, keyframes are created on selected layers at the current frame. Depending on what transformations were performed (rotation, translation, skew), the new keyframes are added on the corresponding parameters (function curves).