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Symbols have their own unique layers, Timelines, and Stages. There are three types of symbols in

Graphic symbols are best used for still images or for reusable animations that are tied to the
main Timeline. They aren't used for complex interactivity or sound effects.
Button symbols are used to create interactive buttons that respond to the user's mouse. When
used with ActionScript, buttons can create complex and interesting interaction for the user.
Movie Clip symbols are possibly the most used of symbols in complex Flash projects. A Movie
Clip has its own Timeline that plays independent of the main Timeline. Movie Clips are used to
create reusable animation sequences, can contain complex scripting for advanced interactivity,
and can also contain other Graphic, Button, or Movie Clip symbols.

Prepare your graphics for animation

It's good practice -- and usually absolutely necessary -- to have a separate layer in the Timeline for
each symbol or shape that you are animating. Animating two separate symbols on the same layer in
the Timeline has unpredictable results. So the rule to follow is: Place each symbol on its own layer.
Follow this practice and you'll enjoy a reliable animation process.

At the end of this lesson, your Face Facts movie will consist of separate animations for the eyes,
mouth, and hair. In Lesson 4, you'll add interactivity to the movie, enabling the user to click on
buttons labeled Eyes, Mouth, and Hair, which will cue the animation for that specific feature. You'll
also add text that describes each facial feature as it is animating. You need to adjust the layout of
your movie to accommodate the buttons and text. Using the Arrow tool, drag a Marquee around the
entire face, making sure that every shape is selected. Click and drag the whole face and move it to
the top and center of the Stage. You may need to use the Free Transform tool to scale the face as
needed to allow enough room at the bottom. Figure 3-1 shows how the layout should look.

Figure 3-1: Position your face near the top center of the Stage.

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