Moving Objects Forward and Backward
Flash CS4 Tutorial
How to Change Object Stacking Order in Flash
Objects are added to the stage in a stacking order. In other words if you add a Drawing Object, it would start at the bottom level. Then if you place a Movie Symbol on the stage it would be on top of the Drawing Object. The stacking order is based on the drag and drop order. In this example we add both objects to the same layer.
One exception is Merge Shapes. Merge Shapes are always placed on the bottom-most level. It is important to remember that the objects level is different than the layers found on the timeline.
Often times you need to re-organize the stacking order so one object appears to be on top of another object. If your objects are on separate layers, you can always move a layer up or down the list. In the steps below we are using one layer.
Add a Drawing Object rectangle to the stage with the Rectangle tool (r key) set to Drawing Object.
Deselect the rectangle and select the Oval tool (o key). It should be set to Drawing Object.
Change the fill color in the Tools panel.
Draw an oval object that overlaps the rectangle. The overlap area should block the rectangle.
Using the Selection tool (v key), select the oval object.
Choose Modify > Arrange > Send to Back. The oval shape is moved behind the rectangle.