Adjust behaviors overview

You edit behavior parameters in the Behaviors Inspector or in the HUD. All behavior parameters appear in the Behaviors Inspector. Each behavior has a subset (or sometimes a complete set) of parameters that appear in the HUD. The HUD and the Behaviors Inspector reference the same parameters, so changing a parameter in one changes the same parameter in the other.

In general, the parameters that appear in the HUD are the most essential for modifying that behavior’s effect. Frequently, the controls available in a behavior’s HUD are more descriptive and easier to use than those in the Behaviors Inspector.

For example, the Fade In/Fade Out behavior HUD contains a graphical control for adjusting a layer’s fade time.

HUD showing Fade In/Fade Out behavior controls

The Fade In/Fade Out behavior Inspector contains standard sliders for adjusting a layer’s fade time.

Behaviors Inspector showing Fade In/Fade Out behavior controls

Display the HUD for a behavior

  • Do one of the following:

    • Select the behavior to modify in the Layers list, Timeline, or Behaviors Inspector.

    • Control-click an object in the Canvas, then choose a behavior from the Behaviors submenu in the shortcut menu.

      Note: If the HUD doesn’t appear, choose Window > Show HUD (or press F7 or D).

Display the Behaviors Inspector

  1. Select an object with an applied behavior.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • In the Inspector, click Behaviors (if that pane is not already showing).

    • Click the “i” in the upper-right corner of the behavior’s HUD.

    • If the File Browser or Library are displayed, press Command-3.

Edit multiple behaviors at the same time

If you’ve applied the same behavior to multiple objects, you can modify all instances of that behavior at the same time.

  1. In the Layers list or the Behaviors Inspector, Command-click to select multiple behaviors of the same type.

    For example, you might select all Throw behaviors applied to different objects in your project.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • In the HUD titled “Multiple Selected,” adjust the parameter controls.

    • In the Behaviors Inspector, adjust the parameter controls.

      Only behaviors that apply are available. When you adjust the parameters, all selected behaviors are modified.

For detailed information about the adjustable parameter controls in each type of behavior, see the following:

Basic Motion behaviors overview

Parameter behaviors overview

Retiming behaviors overview

Simulation behaviors overview

Additional behaviors