Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a solid, part of After Effects Apprentice 02: Basic Animation.
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Now, I'd like to add a colored bar across the top of the comp.…Our snowboarder is wearing a nice red jacket, so something like this color might work.…For the height, I often use the Info palette for measuring.…Remember that After Effects considers 0 to be the top of the comp.…So as I move my cursor down, I could estimate that around 60 pixels should be a good height.…I'll now select Layer > New > Solid.…When the Solid Settings open, I'll first give it a good name.…
Let's call this Solid Bar.…The Width, Height, and Color will default to the last values I used.…By the way, you can click to Make Comp Size button if you want to create a solid…the same width and height as your comp.…The width of 640 is the full width of the comp.…I figured out that my height should be about 60 pixels.…For the color, I can click on the eyedropper and then pick a color from the…snowboarder's jacket.…I'll click OK, and a solid bar will be created in the middle of the comp.…
The Solid Bar layer also appears in the Timeline.…
The After Effects Apprentice videos on lynda.com were created by Trish and Chris Meyer and are designed to be used on their own and as a companion to their book After Effects Apprentice. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
- Starting a project from scratch
- Building a composition
- Arranging and transforming layers interactively and numerically
- Animating parameters including motion paths
- Applying and re-using effects
- Creating variations and rendering the final movie
- Importing layered Photoshop files
- Understanding alpha channels
- Avoiding common mistakes