How to Merge Layers in Adobe Flash

This tutorial teaches an easy trick on how to merge two or more layers in any version of Adobe Flash.

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  3. Bleach says:

    KILL ME WITH MY BLOOD PLEASE THIS DID NOT WORK

  4. AntagonistDC says:

    Wow….why not just select an object on stage, right click, click on “cut”, and go to another layer, right click on stage within that other layer and click “paste in place”?

    Going to “Edit” was unnecessary.

  5. Don Cypriot says:

    Does this allows you to make a nested animation with out movieclip?

  6. Tereza Kalivodová says:

    thanks

  7. Phillip Knoll says:

    DOESN’T work with: 1) Semi-transparency 2) Multiple keyframes

  8. ComicBook Guy says:

    How could I do this with a whole animation?

  9. Windownsmp says:

    if u have alot of layers and cant be bothered manually copy pasting them omne by one, you can do it all at once by selecting all the frames on the layers, click edit, click copy, then make a new layer, and paste in place

  10. Sanjivani Borgaonkar says:

    very helpful. Thanks.

  11. JessikahAznBabyy says:

    the ability to merge layers, and for the brush size to remain the same INDEPENDENT of zoom… how the fuck haven’t adobe fixed this shit yet. argh

  12. KAIJU SNUFF says:

    how do you turn one layer into a video with iages still atached?

  13. taylor antley says:

    Incredible tutorial indeed! It’s short and to the point. None of that constant rambling I keep getting from the “pros” on Adobe website.

  14. nick cooper says:

    your a genius thankyou!

  15. MrCenturyal says:

    Cara tu me ajudou muito,Obrigado sou Brasileiro mais vou arrisca no ingles Thanks!!!

  16. khaled touaibia says:

    macromedia flash 8 and not adobe!

  17. Adil Giara says:

    lol yeah

  18. Adil Giara says:

    really O_o

  19. Adil Giara says:

    thanks man :)

  20. ray sinclair says:

    thanks, i have so may layers it slows my compter

  21. TheSPACECOWBOY33 says:

    thank you

  22. Predelnik says:

    Yeah if I want to merge layers with multiple layers, there should be another way, but I cannot seem to find it.

  23. jeruma2002 says:

    That’s my problem too….

  24. jeruma2002 says:

    [..YouTube..] That’s my problem too….

  25. s4thps says:

    adobe flash 8?

  26. s4thps says:

    [..YouTube..] adobe flash 8?

  27. DarkMaguini says:

    what if there’s multiple frames? i tried this method but it doesnt work :(

  28. DarkMaguini says:

    [..YouTube..] what if there’s multiple frames? i tried this method but it doesnt work :(

  29. montiere says:

    all you have to do is select all the layers and convert to symbol… and then right click the symbol and press break apart…. this is my easy method if I’m working on more than one layer.

  30. montiere says:

    [..YouTube..] all you have to do is select all the layers and convert to symbol… and then right click the symbol and press break apart…. this is my easy method if I’m working on more than one layer.

  31. Paolo Jose Abulencia says:

    hey also you can select all the shapes, copy all the shapes, then paste in place the shapes in one layer, EASY

  32. [..YouTube..] hey also you can select all the shapes, copy all the shapes, then paste in place the shapes in one layer, EASY

  33. [..YouTube..] hey also you can select all the shapes, copy all the shapes, then paste in place the shapes in one layer, EASY

  34. TheHypeExe says:

    so can you delete the hand layer after the merge?

  35. TheHypeExe says:

    [..YouTube..] so can you delete the hand layer after the merge?

  36. ElevenSixteenWoody says:

    Wow…I feel stupid now. But, thank you!

  37. [..YouTube..] Wow…I feel stupid now. But, thank you!

  38. Ommendance94 says:

    drag the layer title above

  39. Ommendance94 says:

    [..YouTube..] drag the layer title above

  40. Argon014 says:

    Thanks a ton!

  41. Argon014 says:

    [..YouTube..] Thanks a ton!

  42. MajorazMasta says:

    I want to merge an object from one layer which features alpha, onto another layer, to create one image that contains transparency between the two objects. I’m making a pair of tinted glasses, but you can see a part of the glasses arms through the lens, and I want to create an object one layer in size that also adds the tint to the colour of the arms beneath. How would I do this?

  43. MajorazMasta says:

    [..YouTube..] I want to merge an object from one layer which features alpha, onto another layer, to create one image that contains transparency between the two objects. I’m making a pair of tinted glasses, but you can see a part of the glasses arms through the lens, and I want to create an object one layer in size that also adds the tint to the colour of the arms beneath. How would I do this?

  44. MajorazMasta says:

    [..YouTube..] I want to merge an object from one layer which features alpha, onto another layer, to create one image that contains transparency between the two objects. I’m making a pair of tinted glasses, but you can see a part of the glasses arms through the lens, and I want to create an object one layer in size that also adds the tint to the colour of the arms beneath. How would I do this?

  45. PuffOReilly says:

    what I pasted goes under what i want it on. why?

  46. PuffOReilly says:

    [..YouTube..] what I pasted goes under what i want it on. why?

  47. Anvilcjl says:

    To everyone saying they want to merge multiframe animations into one layer. Flash does not do that natively, but there is a trick I discovered. 1. Make sure your animation is on the root timeline.2. Export to swf3. IMport swf into a new FLA4. Presto, you have a keyframe for each frame, and just one layer.

  48. Anvilcjl says:

    [..YouTube..] To everyone saying they want to merge multiframe animations into one layer. Flash does not do that natively, but there is a trick I discovered. 1. Make sure your animation is on the root timeline.2. Export to swf3. IMport swf into a new FLA4. Presto, you have a keyframe for each frame, and just one layer.

  49. b2311e says:

    I’ve always done that – Ctrl x and control shift v

  50. b2311e says:

    [..YouTube..] I’ve always done that – Ctrl x and control shift v

  51. phrenetia says:

    very helpful! thank you!

  52. phrenetia says:

    [..YouTube..] very helpful! thank you!

  53. the Krev says:

    no problem :)

  54. the Krev says:

    [..YouTube..] no problem :)

  55. yehoshua2123 says:

    [..YouTube..] no problem :)

  56. yehoshua2123 says:

    [..YouTube..] @puertoricanboy2008 no problem :)

  57. puertoricanboy2008 says:

    I guess I could try that. Thanks mate! :)

  58. [..YouTube..] I guess I could try that. Thanks mate! :)

  59. [..YouTube..] @yehoshua2123 I guess I could try that. Thanks mate! :)

  60. the Krev says:

    you can shift+click on each one to select both or you can lock all other layers and press ctrl+a, also i fyou want to treat the merged layers as one object, you can select the two and press crtl+g to group them or F8 to make them into a symbol which would also work.

  61. the Krev says:

    [..YouTube..] you can shift+click on each one to select both or you can lock all other layers and press ctrl+a, also i fyou want to treat the merged layers as one object, you can select the two and press crtl+g to group them or F8 to make them into a symbol which would also work.

  62. yehoshua2123 says:

    [..YouTube..] you can shift+click on each one to select both or you can lock all other layers and press ctrl+a, also i fyou want to treat the merged layers as one object, you can select the two and press crtl+g to group them or F8 to make them into a symbol which would also work.

  63. yehoshua2123 says:

    [..YouTube..] @puertoricanboy2008 you can shift+click on each one to select both or you can lock all other layers and press ctrl+a, also i fyou want to treat the merged layers as one object, you can select the two and press crtl+g to group them or F8 to make them into a symbol which would also work.

  64. the Krev says:

    so i have been doing them right all along! XD

  65. the Krev says:

    [..YouTube..] so i have been doing them right all along! XD

  66. yehoshua2123 says:

    [..YouTube..] so i have been doing them right all along! XD

  67. NeoDement says:

    wow u saved m coursework lol :)

  68. NeoDement says:

    [..YouTube..] wow u saved m coursework lol :)

  69. puertoricanboy2008 says:

    Sorry but this does not work so simple my friend. Because I am doing an animation and when I merge the 2 layers like you said I have to move each item in my animation 1 by 1 as they are on the same layer and I cannot select them all to move at once because if I do then it selects all my other layers too. So I cannot do this. It just messed up my animation and it was just getting frustrating so I kept the layers separate. Thanks anyways

  70. [..YouTube..] Sorry but this does not work so simple my friend. Because I am doing an animation and when I merge the 2 layers like you said I have to move each item in my animation 1 by 1 as they are on the same layer and I cannot select them all to move at once because if I do then it selects all my other layers too. So I cannot do this. It just messed up my animation and it was just getting frustrating so I kept the layers separate. Thanks anyways

  71. Ubercomedy says:

    [..YouTube..] I tried to put the shoe on the leg layer but the shoe ended up in front of the leg! HELP!!!!!!!!

  72. Michell Narvaez says:

    BUT YOU DONT ARE MERGIN LAYERS, YOU’RE JUST COPY AN OBJET IN A LAYER AND PASTE IN OTHER, THIS IS SO SIMPLE AND PREDICTIBLE, BUT WHAT ABOUT IF YOU HAVE TWEEN MOTIONS IN BOTH LAYERS AND TRY TO MERGE IN JUST ONE? IS ABSOLUTELY IMPOSIBLE!!!!! THIS TUTORIAL SUCKS!

  73. [..YouTube..] BUT YOU DONT ARE MERGIN LAYERS, YOU’RE JUST COPY AN OBJET IN A LAYER AND PASTE IN OTHER, THIS IS SO SIMPLE AND PREDICTIBLE, BUT WHAT ABOUT IF YOU HAVE TWEEN MOTIONS IN BOTH LAYERS AND TRY TO MERGE IN JUST ONE? IS ABSOLUTELY IMPOSIBLE!!!!! THIS TUTORIAL SUCKS!

  74. Micnarvaez says:

    [..YouTube..] BUT YOU DONT ARE MERGIN LAYERS, YOU’RE JUST COPY AN OBJET IN A LAYER AND PASTE IN OTHER, THIS IS SO SIMPLE AND PREDICTIBLE, BUT WHAT ABOUT IF YOU HAVE TWEEN MOTIONS IN BOTH LAYERS AND TRY TO MERGE IN JUST ONE? IS ABSOLUTELY IMPOSIBLE!!!!! THIS TUTORIAL SUCKS!

  75. [..YouTube..] who knew it was so simple…

  76. maskedmillionaire says:

    ahhh, that makes sense (pixel vs vector). thanks! i’m still learning this stuff–there’s so much.

  77. [..YouTube..] ahhh, that makes sense (pixel vs vector). thanks! i’m still learning this stuff–there’s so much.

  78. [..YouTube..] @VitaNuovaRevolution ahhh, that makes sense (pixel vs vector). thanks! i’m still learning this stuff–there’s so much.

  79. VitaNuovaRevolution says:

    Photoshop uses pixels, so it’s easier to merge layers. In Flash, it’s vector. But there should be a way to at least group them, like in Illustrator. And not just by dumping them into a folder, either.

  80. [..YouTube..] Photoshop uses pixels, so it’s easier to merge layers. In Flash, it’s vector. But there should be a way to at least group them, like in Illustrator. And not just by dumping them into a folder, either.

  81. [..YouTube..] @maskedmillionaire Photoshop uses pixels, so it’s easier to merge layers. In Flash, it’s vector. But there should be a way to at least group them, like in Illustrator. And not just by dumping them into a folder, either.

  82. VitaNuovaRevolution says:

    How do you do several frames at a time?

  83. [..YouTube..] How do you do several frames at a time?

  84. MTERM775 says:

    Hey. How do you merge two layers that have two different motion tweens??

  85. MTERM775 says:

    [..YouTube..] Hey. How do you merge two layers that have two different motion tweens??

  86. MaizeSaane says:

    :O Thanks very much. Quick easy and to the point!

  87. MaizeSaane says:

    [..YouTube..] :O Thanks very much. Quick easy and to the point!

  88. DCGil says:

    Puns FTW

  89. DCGil says:

    [..YouTube..] Puns FTW

  90. DCGil says:

    [..YouTube..] @SpajkenSpajk Puns FTW

  91. iiTheKitteh says:

    short n’ sweet thx

  92. iiTheKitteh says:

    [..YouTube..] short n’ sweet thx

  93. Some Guy says:

    4 fingers It’s an alien

  94. coolguyflex says:

    [..YouTube..] 4 fingersIt’s an alien

  95. Terrence Gatton says:

    :/ not sure why I would need to do that but okay

  96. TbasketballG says:

    [..YouTube..] :/ not sure why I would need to do that but okay

  97. maskedmillionaire says:

    Odd that you can merge layers in Photoshop but not Flash. Go figure.

  98. [..YouTube..] Odd that you can merge layers in Photoshop but not Flash. Go figure.

  99. Kurainu17 says:

    you said adobe flash 8 its supposed to be macromedia 8

  100. [..YouTube..] you said adobe flash 8 its supposed to be macromedia 8

  101. SpajkenSpajk says:

    That can be handy. Very simple, but handy. :) Thank you!

  102. SpajkenSpajk says:

    [..YouTube..] That can be handy. Very simple, but handy. :) Thank you!

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