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Make a keyframe

Visual Studio 2012

When you create a keyframe, you record the value of a property at a specific point in time. By setting several keyframes on the same property over time, you are animating the property. You can change the property by setting values in the Properties panel, or by using the Selection tool 2ff91340-477e-4efa-a0f7-af20851e4daa or Subselection tool 6dd6571f-c116-451d-8dd2-1f88b8406362 to move the object on the artboard.

Note Note

Some properties cannot be animated. For example, you cannot animate the properties under Text in the Properties panel except for the FontSize property. If you animate the FontSize property, you must set the property for the whole object (in other words, you cannot animate the FontSize property when you are in text-editing mode). Additionally, if a property value references a resource, or is set to Auto, then you cannot animate it. Auto is a special, dynamically-calculated value. Because of this, you cannot record Auto as the value of a keyframe.

To make a keyframe

  1. Select the timeline from the Storyboard picker by clicking Open a Storyboard d4531c86-5048-481c-a1ca-29af202d28e7 under Objects and Timeline and then selecting a storyboard. If you do not yet have a timeline created, you can click New 86937695-03dd-44ea-aa30-28d4029b3ad0 to create one.

  2. Move the playhead 5626c9eb-40bb-450a-9ca1-3678e5abe429 to the desired point in time.

  3. To make a keyframe, use one of the following methods:

    • Click Record Keyframe e8ec61d4-c8e8-465a-85a7-70bf787a67de.

      A keyframe is created on the timeline for the selected object. The keyframe will store any property changes that you make when the playhead is at this point on the timeline.

    • Modify an object on the artboard by setting a property in the Properties panel or by modifying the object by using your pointer.

      A keyframe is automatically created on the timeline. The keyframe records the property changes that you just made.

    Note Note

    Always move the playhead and then make the property change.

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