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In this installment of After Effects Apprentice, Chris Meyer focuses on ways to edit and enhance layers in After Effects. Through a series of Quizzler challenges and Idea Corner examples, Chris shares alternative ways to employ modes, sequencing, and adjustment layers, while special sidebar movies cover the subjects of creating seamless loops, animating effects points, understanding pixel aspect ratios, and employing Brainstorm to explore the variety of different looks that effects can create. The course also covers tricks for enhancing boring footage and tips for converting scans into moving sequences. Exercise files are included with the course.
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We'd like to test you to make sure you've learned what we've been trying to teach you in this lesson. So we have a couple quizzler challenges for you. First off, let's say we have two layers: this symbol and this explosion shot on black. The question is how would you take those two sources and create this end result? Notice that when the explosion happens, we can see through it to the symbol underneath. The black background of the pyro is not obscuring the symbol. What's the tool to use to make this composite happen? And your second Quizzler challenge involves this sequence of layers.
See how we have four different objects slowly build on the screen? They're on for two seconds, then there is a one second fade, then the next one comes on. How would you easily create this sequence? I'll give you a hint. We used Sequence Layers, but not in the standard fashion. Okay, think about that then watch the solution movies.
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