Using the tools
The tools in the toolbox are essential to creating, editing, and viewing your LiveMotion compositions. The tools are "sticky." Once you select a tool, LiveMotion stays in that tool mode until you select another one. It's easy to switch between tools using their keyboard shortcuts.
- Select a tool by clicking on its icon in the toolbox. The selected tool icon is depressed in the toolbox.
Select a new tool by pressing its keyboard shortcut. The Toolbox keyboard shortcuts use just the letter keys (without any modifiers, such as Alt, Command, Shift, or Option).
Select the selection tool () from the toolbox.
In the Composition window, click various objects. You can see a blue outline appear around selected objects. To select more than one object at a time, hold the Shift key while you click.
Notice that if you leave the pointer over a tool icon, a small box appears showing the name of the tool and its keyboard shortcut.
Next you'll use the selection tool to select an object.
The Composition window is the area within the main LiveMotion window that contains the white drawing area, or canvas.
Once an object is selected, you can resize, move, and edit it using the tools and palettes.