precedence of objects

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I am trying to understand how objects need to be organized on the tracks so they are visible. Sort of like the "bring forward", "send to back" in Powerpoint. There was some information somewhere that I can't find now. It is not in the Help file documentation.
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Pete Flynn

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Cait Ryan

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Hi Pete,

On the timeline, you can think of moving an object to a higher track as using "bring forward" in Powerpoint. In the same way, moving an object to the lowest track can be thought of as using "send to back" in Powerpoint.

Another way to think of it is to see the tracks as being stacked on top of each other. Objects on lower tracks are lower in the stack, and will therefore be hidden behind objects that are on higher tracks.

If you'd like to see this explained visually, check out this video tutorial. The information you need is at 1:20.

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Rick Stone

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Hi there

Perhaps it will help to think of the physical world. Think of the bottom track as being exactly like your desktop. Any track added is above that track, right? So just like you place a book on the desktop, an image or other piece of media would be "on top" and obscure whatever is behind it.

Each new track added is just like placing another object on the physical desktop. If you place a magazine over the book, the magazine will hide the book. Same goes with a track that is higher.

To rearrange, just click the media on the track and drag to a different track. That's the equivalent of "bring forward" or "send backward".

Cheers... Rick :)
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Joe Morgan

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Hey Peat,
Here's an easy way to change the "Stacking Order" if you will.

This technique uses the same commands as the PowerPoint commands you referenced. 
You just click on any Callout, Textbox, Image, or any media  appearing on the Canvas in order to ,"Select It".
Right Click on the selection and choose from the Commands I've highlighted in the Image Below.

Click the Image to Enlarge.

Regards, Joe


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