Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Align to comp, part of After Effects CS5 New Creative Techniques.
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Another new layer manipulation feature in After Effects CS5 has to do with the Align panel.…I'm going to open up a Window > Align.…I have opened up here to be in the same frame as my Info panel so it's easy…to see what's going.…Previously the Align palette always aligned layers to each other.…Well, the new feature in CS5 is ability to also align to the composition's…boundaries, not just other layers.…For example, in this heads-up display, the layout is a little bit messy and…let's say I want to rearrange things and justify things more towards the edges…and to the center of the comp, etcetera.…
I am going to choose this element, go to my Align palette, and now you see I…have a popup that's either Composition or Selection.…Now since I only have one layer selected, my only option is Composition.…And let's say I wanted to go over to the left side of the comp, right along the…wall there, and along the bottom as well, which it already is, or I can put it…along the top if I wanted to.…Just simple clicks in the Align palette.…
Chris and Trish Meyer have been using After Effects since version 1.0 and have written ten books about the program, and they are always among the first to dive into each new version and discover what it offers to their fellow motion graphics artists. Chris takes you under the hood and explains how each new feature works in After Effects CS5. This course covers both the technical and creative implications of this latest release, including tutorials on the new Roto Brush tool and mocha version 2, blending modes, text options, and new and improved user interface elements in Adobe After Effects CS5. Numerous examples show the most efficient ways to use the new features and avoid potential pitfalls when applying techniques. Chris ends with a discussion of which users will get them most out of upgrading to After Effects CS5.
- Reviewing After Effects' 64-bit system requirements
- Mastering the new Roto Brush tool plus Refine Matte
- Warping with FreeForm
- Motion tracking with mocha version 2
- Matting with mocha shape, including adding motion blur
- Extruding in 3D with Repoussé
- Importing RED footage
- Using Color Finesse and updated blending modes