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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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There's one more trick I would like to show you with Sequence Layers. The order that you select layers affects the order of the final sequence. Your sequence is going to start at the beginning of the first layer you select. So I am going to select Tulip_1 first. Then I can hold Command on Mac, or Control on Windows to add layers to my selection in whatever order I want. After Effects will remember this. So I'll do 6, 2, 5, 3 and 4. Right-click, Keyframe Assistant > Sequence Layers, Overlap.
Go for my 1 second overlap again. Dissolve Front Layer. Click OK. And now you'll see that my layers have been arranged in the order I clicked. 1, 6, 2, 5, 3 and 4. And if I press "T", to reveal their opacities, you'll see that it is always the layer on top that is doing the fading. It remembers what order the layers were stacked and sets the Opacity keyframes accordingly. It'ss a nice little trick.
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