Index > Teachers Animation Toolkit > Reveal > Editing and creating labels
  1. Click on frame 1 of the labels layer to ensure that you are only working on it. This organisation will start to become important as more movie clips start to be arranged over the image.
the label layer
  1. Make sure that you can see the library (F11 toggles it on and off).

  2. Right-click on label1 and select Duplicate.

  3. Edit the name of the movie clips (e.g. label2 etc) in the dialog box and check that it will behave as a movie clip.

  4. Select OK and the copy will appear in the library.
duplicate movie clip dialog


  1. Now double-click on the new label (or label1 if you are altering that onefor your own context) to open it in the editing window.

  2. Its timeline has two layers; text and background. Select the text layer and lock the background layer to avoid altering it by mistake. Select the text tool from the toolbox and click into the movie clip's text box to add your own text label.

  3. Now select the background layer and lock the text layer.

  4. The layer has a background shape and a labelling line. Start by using the free transform tool to resize the background shape to fit the text. Remember that it contains an instance of the shape movie clip so edit that separately if you want to change the colour and border.

  5. Leave the labelling line alone at this stage so close the editing window to go back to the stage by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing E.

naming a new instance


  1. If you have been creating a new label, drag an instance of it from the library onto the stage and position it appropriately for the item it is labelling. Don't worry about the labelling line yet. Single-click on it and then name it using the same convention (label1, label2 etc) in the properties window.

duplicating a label


text label in layer


editing the text


altering the background shape

  1. The final bit of editing is done on the stage so that the labelling line is properly sized and pointing in the right direction.

  2. Double-click on the label on the stage to edit it in place (or right-click and select edit in place from the menu that appears).

  3. The rest of the stage is greyed out and the movie clip is now ready to edit just as if you had selected it in the library. The difference is that you can see it in its proper context.

  4. The movie timeline has been replaced with that of the movie clip, select the background layer and then use the free transform tool to select the labelling line.

  5. Use the tool to resize, move and angle it to point at the correct part of the diagram by using the handles on the shape.

  6. Finally use Ctrl +E to stop editing and go back to the stage.
editing the line in place

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