Adding Frames, Keyframes and Blank Keyframes

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Adding Frames, Keyframes and Blank Keyframes

Adding Frames, Keyframes and Blank Keyframes

As mentioned earlier, only keyframes are editable. That means, when you want to build an animation, you will need to add keyframes to the timeline at the point in time in which you need to make an edit. There are two main ways to do this. First, you can right-click at the junction of the layer, and frame, and then choose Keyframe from the shortcut menu. Or, you can choose Insert > Timeline from the menus once you have pre-selected the proper layer and frame. The following are shortcuts you may use to add different types of frames:

  • Insert Frame (F5): This adds frames that extend from the previous frame to the selected frame. It extends content on the stage, but these frames are not editable.
  • Insert Keyframe (F6): This adds an editable keyframe, but it also copies any content from the previous keyframe. This is helpful in animating objects since it gives you another instance of the object to work with.
  • Insert Blank Keyframe (F7): This also adds an editable keyframe, but it will be blank. This is useful if you have ended an animation and want to start with nothing in that frame.
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