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Navigating the Hierarchy

If you created a layer hierarchy when you built your puppet, you can use the keyboard shortcuts to travel up and down the parent-child chain. You can also travel between the children in a layer.

To select the parent or child layer:

1. In the Tools toolbar, select the Transform tool.
2. In the Transform Tool Properties view, make sure the Peg Selection mode is deselected.
3. In the Camera or Timeline view, select a layer attached to a hierarchy.

4. Select Animation > Select Parent or press [B] to select the parent layer. Now select Animation > Select Child or press [Shift]+[B] to select the child layer. The keyboard shortcuts are [B] and [Shift] + [B].
These keyboard shortcuts will ignore any effect module encountered in the Network or Timeline view. Only drawing and peg modules will be considered. If you want to navigate the hierarchy including the effect modules, you can create a custom keyboard shortcut in the Preferences dialog box for the Select Parent Skipping Effects and Select Child Skipping Effects commands on the General tab. Refer to the Harmony User Guide to learn how to create custom keyboard shortcuts.

To select the children layers:

1. In the Tools toolbar, select the Transform tool.
2. In the Camera or Timeline view, a layer attached to a parent layer with several children or not parented at all.

3. Select Animation > Select Previous Brother or press [/] to select the previous child layer and select Animation Select Next Brother or press [?] to select the next child layer. You can also select Animation > Select Children to select all child layers at once.

Related Topics 

Creating a Simple Cut-out Animation
Selecting Layers to Animate or Position
Animating Using the Transform Tool
Animating using Inverse Kinematics
Flipping through Poses
Flipping Parts
Ordering Layers Over Time
Resetting a Transformation
Adding Pegs
Offsetting Part of an Animation