Before you start adding layers to your puppets, you should enable the Default Separate Positions
With the Default Separate Positions
By default, this preference is enabled. For cut-out animation, you want to have three independent axes so you can control them individually. When you lock the three positions together, each time you add a keyframe, it is added on all three positions at the same time.
When you separate the three positions and add a keyframe on one axis, it is not added on the other two. This gives you more freedom when animating with motion keyframes and nudging parts forward and backward over time.
|1.||Do one of the following:|
|‣||Windows/Linux: Select Edit > Preferences.|
|‣||Mac OS X: Select Stage Draw > Preferences.|
|‣||Press Ctrl + U (Windows/Linux) or ⌘ + U (Mac OS X).|
|2.||In the Preferences dialog box, select the General tab.|
|3.||In the Settings section, select the Default Separate Positions