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I am trying to create an animated gif where text drops down and smashes into the background and cracks it. Whenever I try and transform it though, the transformation is applied to all frames. How do I prevent this? I'm using Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64-bit)

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Is it applied to all layers or all frames? –  poepje Jun 16 '12 at 22:05
No, I'm only applying it to a single frame. –  Zach Sugano Jun 16 '12 at 22:08
So if I understand correctly, all layers in your PSD are transformed when you try to transform just the text layer? Are the layers maybe linked? –  poepje Jun 16 '12 at 22:19
I'm not using layers, I'm using frames for animating in photoshop –  Zach Sugano Jun 16 '12 at 22:26
I'm a bit confused now. You said 'Whenever I try and transform it though, the transformation is applied to all layers.' –  poepje Jun 16 '12 at 22:29

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Layer position and opacity can be animated. The actual pixels in a bitmap layer can not. The solution is to move the layer with the move tool when you want to animate the position, and duplicate the layer when you need to make destructive changes to the bitmap itself.

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