Preparing layer copies for an animation

Now you'll begin to animate a different element in the blender image, adding to the existing animation. In this procedure, you'll use the same basic technique—hiding and showing layers in different frames—to create your animation, but this time, you'll also create the different layers by copying and transforming a single layer.

Before adding layers to an image that already contains an animation, it's a good idea to create a new frame. This step helps protect your existing frames from unwanted changes.

1 In the Animation palette, select frame 2 and click the Duplicate Current Frame button (j) to create a new frame (frame 3) that is identical to frame 2. Leave frame 3 selected.

2 In the Layers palette, make the Drop layer visible.

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3 In the Animation palette menu, click the New Layers Visible in All States/Frames command to deselect it (remove the checkmark), if necessary.

4 In the Layers palette, select the Drop layer and drag it to the New Layer button (j) to duplicate the layer. Repeat this step so that you now have three drop layers: Drop, Drop copy, and Drop copy 2. (The order of these three layers in the Layers palette is unimportant.)

Note: The duplicate layers would be visible in all three frames in the Animation palette if New Layers Visible in All States/Frames was not deselected in the Animation palette menu.

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