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Getting to Know the LiveMotion Work Area

Chapter Description

Before you start creating compositions with Adobe LiveMotion, you need to become familiar with the work area. The work area includes everything you need to use LiveMotion, including the Composition window, palettes, and menus. In this lesson, you'll practice the basics of using the work area. When you're done, you'll be ready to begin drawing, editing, and animating your own LiveMotion compositions.

Opening LiveMotion

To get started exploring, you'll open LiveMotion.

  1. Navigate to the location where you've installed LiveMotion, and open the LiveMotion folder.

  2. Choose Programs > Adobe LiveMotion from your system Start menu (Windows), or double-click the LiveMotion icon (Mac OS) to start the program.

Now you've opened LiveMotion, but you do not yet have a file to work with. Next you'll open a file and save it to your desktop. This is the file you'll use for the rest of the lesson.

Choose File > Open and open the 01Start.liv file from the Lessons/Lesson01 folder.

As you work on this lesson, you'll overwrite the start file. If you need to restore the start file, copy it from the Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 Classroom in a Book CD.

NOTE

Windows users need to unlock the lesson files before using them. For more information, see "Copying the Classroom in a Book files" on page 3.

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Resetting preferences

Preferences help LiveMotion remember how you like the program to look and behave. When you install LiveMotion, some default preferences are included. As you work, the preferences change. You'll remove these new preferences so that LiveMotion looks and acts exactly as described in this lesson.

Choose Window > Reset To Defaults to restore all of the palettes to their default settings.

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