After Effects / Layer Types

October 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

– After creating a new composition with the following settings:

– then go to ‘Layer’ > ‘New’ > ‘Solid’, here you can change the colour > then selecting the pen tool you can use it much like you do in Illustrator.

– By pressing the little triangle it gives more options to do with that layer, by selecting ‘mask’ you can click the stop watch symbols to animate > selecting ‘Mask Path’ you can animate the selection by changing the shape along the timeline, you can also add a feather, opacity and expansion mask also. By selecting ‘Inverted’ it will invert the selection.

– When selecting a layer avoid double clicking it as it will open the selection in a direct edit window. ‘CTRL’ + ‘D’ copies the layer. Clicking ‘Layer’ and ‘Solid Settings’ allows you to alter the shape/solid such as it’s colour. Right clicking the layer and changing the blending mode will change the shapes properties such as making them blend.

– To change the layer layout you can right click the bottom left icon of the window.

– By selecting ‘Layer’ > ‘New’ > ‘Shape Layer’ you can treat the pen tool much more like you do in Illustrator, allowing for the options to change the fill and stroke. In the layer options it has more options, you can animate it using ‘Path’. Click away from the path to move each part of it instead of the whole thing.the other options in the layer options such as ‘Stroke’ (you can do things like make an animated dotted line), ‘fill’ and ‘transform’. You can adjust the fill option so there is a gradient.

– The Pan Behind tool allows for the movement of anchor points.

– Click on ‘Add’ which is a operator, this allows for you to add animators to the layers (which have to have content within them), allows for you to add other shapes to the layers, fill strokes, ‘wiggle paths’ amongst others, all of which are adjustable, experiment with the settings to see what they do.

– ‘Layer’ > ‘Adjustment Layer’, this layer is similar to that in Photoshop, however in Photoshop you have to apply a particular type of adjustment to each adjustment layer you create, in After Effects however you can add effects one after the other onto one adjustment layer, which is an empty layer which affects all the layers underneath it. Go to ‘Effect’ and pick from there.

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