About Groups

The Group is a multi-function layer type in Fable that enables you to nest a selection of layers under a parent layer on the timeline.

Groups can be used for a variety of reasons, some of which are:

  • Transforming multiple children layers together on the canvas

  • Applying effects over a group of layers

  • Keeping your timeline organized

Creating Groups

There are a few ways to create groups. All methods outlined below are available to use when layers are selected.

Group Tool

Screenshot of the Group tool
  1. Select multiple layers

  2. The Secondary Toolbar will display

  3. Click the second button to Group the selected layers together

Timeline Context Menu

Screenshot of the timeline context menu
  1. Select multiple layers on the Timeline using SHIFT + LMB

  2. Right click the layers

  3. The Timeline Context Menu should appear

  4. Click the Group Selection option on the context menu

Canvas Context Menu

  1. Select multiple layers on the Canvas

  2. Right click the layers on the Canvas

  3. The Canvas Context Menu should appear

  4. Click the Group Selection option on the context menu

Group Selection Hotkey

  1. Select one or more layers

  2. Use the CMD + G hotkey to group the selected layer(s)

The only way to create a group with only one layer selected is the Group Selection Hotkey.

How to Ungroup

Ungrouping single layers

To remove single children layers from groups:

  1. Expand the Group in the Timeline

  2. Drag the child layer out of the group

Ungrouping an entire group

Ungrouping will delete the group layer but maintain the children layers in the position they are ungrouped in. Note that ungrouping is a destructive operation that will delete all effects and keyframes applied to the Group.

To ungroup an entire group, do any of the following:

  • Right click the Group on the timeline and click the Ungroup option from the context menu

  • Right click the Group on the Canvas and click the Ungroup option from the context menu

  • While a group is selected, use the hotkey CMD + SHIFT + G to ungroup the selected group

When to use Groups

Groups are a powerful tool that can keep your project organized and simple. They are extremely useful when you have many layers on a project that you want to keep organized.

Here's an Academy video to learn more about how you may want to use groups.

Groups vs Scenes Youtube Video

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